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Shane Warne did think of a return but fitness foiled him

Ponting and Shane Warne during the 2006–07 Ash...

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Shane Warne has admitted that he did briefly consider returning for Australia in the current Ashes series but decided his fitness was not up to scratch.

However, the spinner appeared careful not to rule out returning to the Test arena in future. Writing in the Melbourne Herald Sun, Warne said: “Of course I would love to be out there in the thick of it but, if there was to be a comeback, I’d need time to get match fit.

“My general fitness is as good as it’s ever been – I have worked hard on that lately – but toiling away for long spells and backing up the next day takes time, practice, lots of physiotherapy and even more dedication. I must admit it did cross my mind but then I woke up in London, where it was snowing, and realised I was only dreaming.

Full story: The Guardian

 

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Shane Warne admits marriage is over amid rumours of Liz Hurley affair

The former Australian cricketer posted a statement on his website which he drew attention to using his Twitter account.

His disclosure follows that of Ms Hurley who revealed on Sunday through Twitter that her three-year marriage to Arun Nayar is over.

Using strikingly similar turn of phrase both Warne and Hurley emphasised that they had been separated for some time and that friends and family were already aware of the situation.

There have been reports of an affair between the two and photographs of Hurley embracing Warne outside a London restaurant were published in a tabloid this Sunday.

Full story: The Telegraph

 

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Desperate measures? (via barmyarmyashes.com)

So it turns out Shane Warne has more pressing engagements than returning to the Australia team. Despite his shenanigans in a London hotel with Liz Hurley, Brett Lee has added his name to the long list of Aussies requesting that the legendary spin bowler returns to the team. That is how desperate the Australians appear to be. And this is all good for England who continue their unbeaten tour with a draw against Victoria. Matt Prior was the star wit … Read More

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Larrikin turned leader Ponting faces defining test

Ponting fielding during 2009 Ashes series

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Two men from Townsville have dominated Australian headlines for days. Ricky Ponting, the captain of Australia, is one of the few to have competed in terms of font size. How he might have wished that the duo, born in a place that stands obscurely if prettily for most of the time next to the Great Barrier Reef in northern Queensland, could help his present, seemingly doomed plight.

On balance, Julian Assange, the Wikileaks whistleblower, might be of more assistance if only he could reveal the secrets of the English cricket team from his London jail cell. But it is more probable – though not much more – that the Australian selectors will turn in desperation to Mitchell Johnson, the maddeningly contrary fast bowler, who lurches from the sublime to the ridiculous in less time than it ta

Full story: The Independent

 

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