Bangalore, Dec 5: Spin legend Shane Warne feels he can still play Test cricket for Australia and be at his best. He says he can still "rip them out of the rough and turn them square."
"People say "You're bowling that well, why don't you play for Australia again?". I say I if I've got a Test match in two weeks' time I have absolutely no doubt that I could come out and rip 'em and be effective and do pretty well, but that's a commitment to Australian cricket again," Warne was quoted as saying by "Sydney Morning Herald" newspaper in Australia on Tuesday.
The 43-year-old Warne retired from international cricket in 2007. Since then he has played in Indian Premier League and also been part of commentary teams for TV broadcast. Warne ended with 708 Test wickets in 145 matches.
Australia are yet to find a proper spin replacement for Warne. The Test team is still struggling to have a regular slow bowler.
"If you asked me 'Can I come out and play a Test match tomorrow?' I'd have absolutely no doubt I could rip them out of the rough and turn them square, all that sort of stuff," Warne added.
Warne has signed up for Melbourne Stars to play in the Big Bash League Twenty20 tournament. It will start this month.
"But playing international cricket is a huge commitment. Playing Twenty20 is different. You're only bowling 24 deliveries, sometimes you might only bowl eight, sometimes 12. It depends on what the game needs. You don't have to be prepared as you do for a Test match, to bowl 60 overs in a match," Warne said.