Shane Warne

Legendary spinner Shane Warne believes he can still spin the ball square and make the batsmen dance to his tunes © Getty Images

Melbourne: Dec 4, 2012

Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne has said that he could easily return to Test cricket and still be very good, if not for his family priorities which has pushed cricket down the pecking order.

“If you asked me ‘Can I come out and play a Test match tomorrow?’ I’d have absolutely no doubt I could rip them out of the rough and turn them square, all that sort of stuff,” Warne said, as reported by theage.com.au.

“But playing international cricket is a huge commitment.

“Playing Twenty20 is different. You’re only bowling 24 deliveries, sometimes you might only bowl eight, sometimes 12. It depends on what the game needs. You don’t have to be prepared as you do for a Test match, to bowl 60 overs in a match,” Warne said.

Warne believes he has been bowling a lot better than he has for close to last six years.

“People say ‘You’re bowling that well, why don’t you play for Australia again?’. I say I if I’ve got a Test match in two weeks’ time I have absolutely no doubt that I could come out and rip ‘em and be effective and do pretty well, but that’s a commitment to Australian cricket again. That’s a different thing to being committed to the Melbourne Stars. I’m committed to that now and I’m trying to do the best job I can.”

“I don’t see cricket as a job, cricket is always a hobby to me. My job is trying to be the best parent I possibly can be to my children and I’m doing pretty good with that, I love being a father.”

Warne, who is now the captain of Melbourne Stars, will come up against his old nemesis, Muthiah Muralitharan when Stars play against Melbourne Renegades.