Womanising Shane Warne says he may need help

Published: Wednesday, March 8, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Canberra:Leading Australian Test wicket-taker Shane Warne says he may need help to control his womanising, but that it was just something he did to ease the loneliness of long cricket tours.

In an interview with Australia's Bulletin magazine, released today, Warne said he took full responsibility for ''one night or two-night stands'' which led to the eventual break-up of his marriage and which he says probably cost him the chance of captaining his country's Test side.

''A lot of people don't understand. I don't understand ... Maybe I need to see people about it. Maybe, I don't know,'' he said when discussing his behaviour.

Warne, 36, has played 135 Tests for Australia and has taken a world record 659 wickets. He separated from his wife of 10 years Simone last July after the latest in a series of sex allegations in British tabloid newspapers.

He said the extent of his womanising had been exaggerated, but that some things just happened.

''And when you're lonely and you're away for six months, things sometimes just happen and then you regret it afterwards and you think 'you idiot','' he said.

Warne said he had never let his private life interfere with his cricket, and says he does not dwell on what he has lost due to his behaviour.

''At the end of the day, it's cost me probably a chance to captain Australia ... my marriage is breaking down; we're getting a divorce. It's cost me all that and it's cost me sponsorship. It's cost me lots of stuff,'' he said.

''But I don't sit here and think every day about 'why did I do this?' I don't think like that.''


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