I still think I~~ve few good years left in me: Warne
Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2003, 20:41 [IST]
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Sydney: Disgraced Australian Test cricketer Shane Warne says he hopes his 12-month suspension from cricket will extend his playing career. Warne said he would work on a few new deliveries during the break and hoped to return to international cricket with renewed vigour. "I've done it for 15 years, it's a long time...so I still think I have a few good years left in me," he said. "I'll use this 12 months wisely, keep myself fit as I am now, come up with a few new deliveries, my hunger and my passion stays there hopefully I can play for a few years yet - only time will tell. Hopefully, I will come back better than ever." Warne tested positive for the drugs hydrochlorothiazide and amiloride early this year but said they were from a weight loss drug he was taking. While both diuretics are normally used to aid temporary weight loss, they can also serve as masking agents for performance-enhancing drugs. Warne said he tried not to think about cricket but admitted he missed the sport thanks to Australia's dominant tour of the West Indies. "At the moment I'm just trying to forget about cricket, although it's what I love," he said. "I'm really missing it at the moment. I missed it the other night when Australia had to keep the Windies to about 50 runs and they had three wickets in hand. I would have loved to have the ball in my hands trying to get them out." "The guys (Australian cricketers) have been great, they have been keeping in touch." Warne said spending time with his beloved Australian Football League club St Kilda had helped "keep the competitive juices flowing" during his suspension. "I was just coming back from my second shoulder operation so I'm trying to use the time to do the things I have always wanted to do," he said. "The St Kilda club...has helped me get through the tough times. I've really enjoyed my time down there, the guys have really been fantastic." Warne is Australia's greatest wicket-taker with 491 in 107 Tests and needs 29 wickets to overtake West Indian Courtney Walsh's world mark of 519 Test wickets.