Shane Warne to return home for medical checks

Published: Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Australian cricket star Shane Warne will return to Australia for precautionary medical checks on his bowling shoulder before next summer's Ashes series, his personal assistant said.

Helen Nolan said Warne would leave his English county side Hampshire to return to Melbourne this month to have his right shoulder checked by surgeon Greg Hoy.

"It's just a precautionary check-up," Nolan told Australian AP Press on Tuesday.

She said Warne's shoulder had been sore during matches between Australia and Bangladesh in April, but stressed he would not require surgery.

Warne, who has 685 Test wickets, is crucial to Australia's chances of regaining the Ashes from England. He took 40 wickets at 19.92 in last year's series and was easily the side's best player.

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