'Adamant' Warne once again fuels rumours of Australian Test comeback
Legendary leg spinner Shane Warne is adamant he's good enough to make a Test comeback in the Australia squad, claiming he's bowling as well as he was when he retired in 2007.
Although Warne said any talk of him returning in time for next year's Ashes is just hypothetical, he feels it could benefit Australia's next wave of spinners if it did happen.
The odds of Warne making a Test comeback remain slim, but the 145-Test veteran hasn't closed the door completely on the prospect, saying he will give it some thought once the Twenty20 Big Bash League season has finished.
"I've been bowling as good as I have since I retired from international cricket, which was five or six years ago. And if it gets to the serious stage about that stuff, there's obviously a process - grade cricket, state cricket, and then you've got to get selected, too," the Age quoted Warne, as saying.
"So there's a lot of things to happen before that even gets to a serious stage. At the moment I'm being asked, 'could I do it?' And I'm saying, 'Yeah, I have absolutely no doubt that I could because of the way I'm bowling'," he added.
"But whether it's going to happen or not is a completely hypothetical situation and a different chat," he said.
Although some people would view a Warne return as a backward step for Australian cricket, the leg-spinner said it could also have some crucial benefits.
"It might be a short-term thing where you work with a few of the younger spinners and take them with you and work with them all and see how it goes," Warne said.