Master spinner Warne denies captaincy suggestion

Published: Saturday, October 1, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Shane Warne says he doesn't want the Australia Test captaincy and has denied suggestions he has problems with Ricky Ponting.

Former Test captain Ian Chappell and legendary fast bowler Dennis Lillee believe Warne should be in charge, with Chappell going as far as saying his biggest regret in cricket was not seeing the master leg spinner as Test skipper.

But after flying in from England yesterday, Warne said he had no desire for the top job. "No," was his emphatic response.

Ponting's tactics and communal style were a point of conjecture in the losing Ashes campaign, with the skipper recently admitting he needed to become more assertive. The Tasmanian regularly consulted with deputy Adam Gilchrist and Warne before making a decision, a style that irritated Chappell.

However, Warne, 36, said Ponting - more than five years younger and in just his second year in control of the Test side - was his "own man" and would learn from the experience. "I think he has done a pretty good job, he has had one series where things didn't go the way he would like," Warne said.

"It was pretty tough for him. But I am sure he will be better for it, I am sure all of us will be better for it.

"Ricky has got my 100 per cent support, no doubt about that." Warne said Ponting, who has the backing of the Cricket Australia board, was free to take his on-field advice - if required.

"Ricky will always come to me, the most senior player in the side, the most experienced player, he is always going to come to me and ask what I think," he said.

"I give him my suggestions. If he uses them, he uses them. If he doesn't, he'll make his own call. "Ricky is his own man."

Warne said the wobbly world champions may have to do things differently in the future to retain their No.1 ranking.

"When you lose a series, I suppose a few things have been camouflaged for a long period of time because we have been winning through individual brilliance, it's such a good side we've got," he said.

Warne will spend the next week at the family home trying to reconcile his marriage with wife Simone before heading to Sydney for the Johnnie Walker Super Test against the World XI.

Buoyed by his 40-wicket Ashes haul where he felt he "couldn't bowl any better", the Victorian is keen to show why Australia are still the No.1 team despite an Ashes defeat. Warne hopes to make a rare appearance for his grade club St Kilda against Essendon at Windy Hill tomorrow, but a sore and bandaged left index finger may prevent him from playing.

He damaged the nail and ripped skin while taking a catch for Hampshire last weekend. Warne is favourite for the ICC's Test player of the year award after being shortlisted with Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath, Jacques Kallis, Andrew Flintoff and Inzamam-ul-Haq.

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