<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Shane Warne clarifies comment on Test cricket comeback, apologises to Michael Clarke" src="https://st3.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20121205181129.jpg" title="Shane Warne clarifies comment on Test cricket comeback, apologises to Michael Clarke" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> The 43-year-old leg-spinner is regarded as one of the game's greatest players Getty Images<br /> </p> </div> <strong>Sydney: Dec 5, 2012 </strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Shane-Warne/post" target="_blank">Shane Warne</a> has apologised to <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia </a>Test skipper <a href="/tags/Michael-Clarke/post" target="_blank">Michael Clarke</a> after comments about a possible dramatic return for next year's Ashes series against <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England </a>sparked a media frenzy.<br /> <br /> "Sorry @MClarke23 if you woke up to calls!!!! See you soon buddy," he tweeted to the skipper, a close friend.<br /> <br /> The 43-year-old leg-spinner, regarded as one of the game's greatest players, quit Tests in 2007 but captained the Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals for four years, winning the inaugural tournament in 2008.<br /> <br /> Now preparing for another season in Australia's Big Bash League with the <a href="/tags/Melbourne-Stars/post" target="_blank">Melbourne Stars</a>, he told News Limited newspapers that he had "absolutely no doubt" he could bowl successfully at Test level again.<br /> <br /> Warne said that if Clarke suggested his services were needed after the Test team's recent bowling struggles against South Africa, he would give it some serious thought.<br /> <br /> "If your best friend says, 'Mate, I want you to seriously consider making a commitment to Australian cricket and coming back out of retirement', (to) make myself available for selection, that's a different scenario," Warne said.<br /> <br /> "From a purely bowling perspective, I don't think my form would be the concern, it's just the time and actually making that commitment again."<br /> <br /> He added that he felt the urge to play the five-day game again while watching the third and final Test against <a href="/tags/South-Africa/post" target="_blank">South Africa</a> in Perth when the Australian attack struggled to make an impact in the Proteas' second innings.<br /> <br /> "I felt like I wanted to jump off the couch and grab the ball," he said.<br /> <br /> "I really felt for <a href="/tags/Michael-Clarke/post" target="_blank">Michael Clarke</a> from a captaincy point of view.<br /> <br /> "When you've got international bowlers bowling one or two full-tosses an over and half-volleys, I felt for Pup, I really felt for him."<br /> <br /> Australia lost the third Test on Monday by 309 runs and the series 1-0, missing out on the chance to return to the top of the international rankings.<br /> <br /> But with Australian media buzzing about a possible return, Warne, who remains Australia's highest ever wicket-taker with 708 Test scalps, took to Twitter to hose down the speculation.<br /> <br /> "Clarification guys & thankyou for the kind words, but... I was asked 'could' I play not 'would' I play. yes, I could. didn't say I would!," he tweeted.<br /> <br /> In a second tweet, he added: "It was a hypothetical question re if Michael Clarke asked me. Read my quotes<br /> <br /> 'I'm not asking Michael to ask me' Hope I didn't disappoint!"<br /> <br /> The speculation saw Warne's fiancee Liz Hurley, the English model and actress, take to Twitter to give her opinion.<br /> <br /> "Hmmm....good question re who would I support if @warne888 played in the Ashes," she said.<br /> <br /> "I think I'd want @warne888 to bowl brilliantly but be let down by all his Aussie team mates so England won but he was Man of Every Match."<br /> <br /> Australia play five Ashes Tests against England in July and August next year, desperate to win after suffering back-to-back series defeats against their oldest rival.