Warne leaves the door to One-dayers open

Published: Tuesday, December 7, 2004, 20:39 [IST]
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Sydney:Australia's greatest leg-spinner Shane Warne has refused to say his One-day cricket career is definitely over, maintaining his retirement is effective only "at this stage".

Despite announcing his retirement from the abbreviated form of the game at last year's World Cup in South Africa and symbolically giving away his numbered One-day shirt to teammate Michael Clarke this week, Warne has admitted to missing the One-day game.

Test cricket's leading wicket-taker said, after handing over his No.23 One-day uniform to Clarke, that he hoped his retirement would add three years to his Test career.

But Warne on Tuesday left the door open for a return to Limited Overs cricket when he offered an unconvincing response to media questions about his retirement.

"I have retired -- at this stage," 35-year-old Warne said. "At this stage, I'm retired."

Asked if anything -- including the possibility of New Zealand stealing Australia's No.1 world ranking in the One-day format -- would sway him to change his mind, Warne said: "I don't know. At this stage, I'm retired."

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