London: Australian bowling legend Shane Warne has agreed to a two-year deal to skipper English county side Hampshire as of next summer, according to reports on Wednesday.
Leg spinner Warne, who took 70 championship wickets when he played with Hampshire in 2000, will take over from former England batsman Robin Smith and has promised to help take them back to the top flight. "I am very happy to be returning to Hampshire, which is my second home," Warne said from Sri Lanka where he is with Australia at the ICC Champions Trophy. "I enjoyed it so much last time and I will do everything to help re-establish Hampshire at the forefront of English cricket." Smith stepped down as captain at the end of the season after five years in the job following Hampshire's relegation from the top flight of the County Championship.