Spin ace Warne to play more international matches

Published: Thursday, October 6, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Shane Warne has hinted his one-day international career isn't over, fuelling speculation he may yet be involved in Australia's World Cup defence in 2007.

Speaking at yesterday's Lindsay Hassett Club lunch in Melbourne, the 36-year-old indicated the door wasn't shut on a comeback to international one-day cricket.

"It's a fantastic form of the game and I have thoroughly enjoyed my career in one-day cricket," Warne said.

"If they start to perform poorly, then maybe I might come out, but at this stage I'm retired."

It was enough to serve notice to national selectors, including former Australia fast bowler Merv Hughes, who sat with Warne yesterday, that a World Cup campaign in the Caribbean may be the perfect swan song to his career.

Warne said the ICC Super Series was a wonderful initiative and encouraged the concept to become a permanent fixture on the calendar.

"It would have been nice to play this series," Warne said. "The side they've got at the moment has been doing a good job and (Australia) selectors are trying a few different people."

Warne's absence from the one-day side has given Victorian teammate Cameron White a golden opportunity.

White was called into the Australia squad on Monday to replace the injured Brad Hogg. "Whitey is a good young cricketer," Warne said.

"He's very dangerous with the bat and his leg spinners are very good. I'm sure he'll do himself and Australia proud."

Warne also poured cold water on rumours in England that he would not be returning to county cricket with Hampshire.

"Something, somewhere has been misinterpreted," he wrote in his column for The Times.

"I'm signed up for another three years and as long as I stay fit enough I will honour the contract. It will take something like a broken leg to stop me returning in 2006."

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