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Melbourne loves a hometown hero. When Dean Jones and Bill Lawry were paraded around the ground during the fourth Test they were cheered to the rafters and all Shane Warne has to do is step foot on the turf to be hailed by the locals. Aaron Finch has a long way to go to match any of them, and may never play Test cricket, but for one night he gave the suffering Australia supporters something to cheer in front of his fellow Victorians.
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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.
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He might do well but it would be miraculous if he had a big game.
Australia’s selectors are looking to be the stars of the show by picking these wild cards. You live in the dark ages if you think a group of selectors should pick the team. The coach and captain should be able to pick their own selectors, who should then act as scouts.
It is hard to understand how Ricky Ponting has been in the job seven years and still does not get the team he wants, particularly when it is his head on the chopping block. You do not see the chairman of selectors in the headlines. It is all about Ponting going into this Test.
Full story: The Telegraph