Sydney: Dec 7, 2012
Australian captain Michael Clarke is ready to stand with arms wide open to have the legendary 43-year-old leg-spinner Shane Warne back into the Australian side.
This came up after Warne posted on a Twitter saying he would come out of retirement if Clarke wanted him to but later went on to clarify that he meant he 'could' not 'would' and deemed the scenario as hypothetical.
But Clarke has been serious about the possiblity for sometime now. So much that he has spoken about it to Cricket Australia on several occassions.
Indeed, he is so serious about the possibility that he spoken to Cricket Australia about it on several occasions.
Earlier this week, Shane Warne tweeted that he would come out of retirement if Clarke asked him to. Warne later clarified his position, saying he meant that he "could" play, not "would" play, and that the scenario was just hypothetical.
Warne created a stir when he announced the possiblity of a return on a social networking site, almost seven years after hanging up his boots. Even if the wily leg-spinner was seriously considering a return, he will have to abide by the rules put forth by Cricket Australia and play a few games in the Shieffield shield before getting back into the Australian side.
Yet Clarke would love the idea of bringing him back into the team.
"I think he would be unbelievable if he decided to come out and play. And what an amazing mentor he would be for the team," Clarke said, as reported by news.com.au.
Warne will soon hit the field, but for his Big Bash League side Melbourne Stars when they come up against Melbourne Renegades which has his old nemesis Muttiah Muralitharan in it.