2006-07 Ashes likely to Warne~~s swansong

Published: Sunday, May 1, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Close on the heels of Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist' decision to call it quits after the 2007 World Cup, his teammate and champion leg-spinner Shane Warne too wants to spend more time with his family and is likely to hang his boots after the 2006-07 Ashes series.

"The Ashes in 2006-07 could be Shane's last series," Shane Warne's brother Jason told The Sun Herald.

"He's mentioned that during talks we've had about when he might retire. He's still really enjoying Test match cricket but that is a date he's talked about.

"If he didn't have kids, he might play forever, but he misses them a lot these days when Test tours take him away. That's becoming more of an issue for him. One of the big reasons he stopped playing One-day cricket for Australia was to cut down on the amount of travel he had to do, not so much cut down on his workload."

Jason was quick to add that the blond leg-spinner would prefer Sydney as the venue for his swansong. It may be recalled that it was in Sydney that Warne made his Test debut against India in 1992.

"When he does finish, he wants it to be on his terms," Jason said. "That's the big thing. Finishing in Australia is definitely what he has in mind."

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