Warne says he would love to coach Australia    Getty Images
Warne says he would love to coach Australia Getty Images

Few days after the news broke of Darren Lehmann calling it quits after The Ashes 2017-18, speculations of prospect successors surfaced and the list included Shane Warne. Warne has not discarded possibilities of joining the Australia support staff, saying he would love to serve the team in that manner moving forward. If up for the post, Warne will have to compete with assistant coach David Saker and Western Australia head coach Justin Langer, as both have earlier served as Lehmann’s replacement in his absence.

“I’ve always been open to (coaching) any country, but obviously I would love to coach Australia not coach Australia but be part of the Australian set-up if they needed it. We’ve got so many good coaches around, so many good batting coaches, bowling coaches and people on offer. So, if the opportunity ever arose yeah, look, maybe interested, for sure. It just all depends on the time,” Warne told Wide World of Sports.

“If Boof (Lehmann) has had enough, maybe he’ll say ‘Do you want to have a go’, I’ll have a crack,” he added.

Warne also spoke about his retirement from international cricket.

“After doing it (playing cricket for Australia) for the best part of 20 years I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I used to. Body started to hurt a bit. In retrospect, I went on to play four years of IPL, two years of Big Bash and bowled pretty well, so I probably could’ve played for a few more years.

“But the travel away from home and I also wanted to spend more time with my kids, they were getting older and older. So, a combination of many factors but mainly being at home with my kids and my body,” he concluded.