London: The offer from Kevin Pietersen to replace Peter Moores as England head coach was 'not taken seriously' by legendary spinner Shane Warne. Writing in The Times today, Warne reveals that he did receive a tongue-in-cheek approach from Pietersen via text message, but turned it down.
Warne, who would require a salary way beyond the 250,000 pounds earned by Moores, distanced himself from the England job. "I could not give a full-time position the time to do it properly. Following a team around the world is what I have given up. If I was happy to do that, I would still be playing," Warne writes.
However, Warne adds that "if an offer comes that sounds too good to be true, I would have to stop and think."
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Pietersen, who played under the former Australia leg spinner's captaincy at Hampshire, wanted to reassemble the successful trio of Warne, Darren Berry and Jeremy Snape, who supervised the charge of the unfancied Rajasthan Royals to the Indian Premier League title last May.
However, the managing director of England cricket Hugh Morris said that Pietersen did not mention Warne's name in any discussions held during the breakdown of the former captain's relationship with Moores.