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I~~m an ~~ideal mentor~~ for youngsters: Warne

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Sydney:With a doping ban, a broken marriage and several sex scandals to his name, Aussie spin king Shane Warne says he has experienced almost all the trials and tribulations of professional and personal life, which make him an 'ideal mentor' for youngsters taking up cricket.

''If you take a 'who cares?' attitude towards it, they can actually say what they want," he says. "I have been burnt enough times, nailed...what haven't I been nailed about? I know I've brought a lot of it on myself, but I also think some of the press has been uncalled for and unfair at certain times,'' Warne was quoted by the Courier Mail as saying.

''That's where I could be a good mentor for younger players because there's not one thing I haven't been through--sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, everything, whether it be divorce, banned for a year, the lot,'' he added.

Warne, who has led a controversy-ridden life since making his debut and the champions spinner is not shy of admitting that he has had several low points in his long career.

The Aussie said losing the Ashes last summer was one of the biggest setbacks of his life and it took some time for him to get over the shock.

''That was the hardest time in my life, just standing there at the airport just before the Ashes are about to start, saying goodbye to your kids and (wife) Simone,'' he said.

''It was bloody tough. I remember bawling my eyes out for hours and sitting in the car for hours at Heathrow and thinking: 'I have got to get over it' and 'how am I going to get over it?'. I just had to get back out there and play, hold your head up and play. That's what I did,'' he added.

Focused on helping Australia regain the Ashes, which start next week, Warne said he was not under any sort of pressure and was looking forward to enjoying his game in the highly-anticipated series.

''My life at the moment is I am looking forward to the Ashes series, and just doing what I have to do. I am happy. I am enjoying myself. I am busy. I am flat out. I am going OK,'' he said.

''The things in life that can stress you is the uncertainty and not knowing what's going on. I know what the situation is in my life at the moment. It's just a matter of dealing with it,'' he added.

Warne said he desperately wanted to keep his personal life private but was well aware that it would not be possible for him.

''I don't actually have a personal life. As much as I can keep personal, I want to try to keep personal. I can't whinge about that.

That's just the way my life is. It's like anything. If you do worry about the press, or worry about what people say and that sort of stuff, you actually let that get to you,'' he said.

UNI

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