Aussies will strike back, says Warne

Updated: 27 October 2008 11:56 IST

Shane Warne thinks Australia can bounce back in the Test series in India and sees no urgent need to come out of international retirement to help out.

Melbourne:

Shane Warne thinks Australia can bounce back in the Test cricket series in India and sees no urgent need to come out of international retirement to help out.

The 39-year-old Warne retired in January last year - with a then world record of 708 Test wickets - but Australia has been unable to find a suitable spin bowler to replace him.

Nowhere in cricket will the lack of a quality spin option become more obvious than in the Indian subcontinent, and No. 1-ranked Australia is struggling after going down 1-0 in the four-match series on a comprehensive 320-run loss to India in the second Test last week.

"I think Australia will bounce back, I think that really hurt them, that last Test match, and I'm sure they'll fight back in the Aussie way," Warne said during the launch of an exhibition at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday. He tipped skipper Ricky Ponting, experienced opener Matt Hayden and vice-captain Michael Clarke to start scoring more runs.

"Hopefully they win the toss and put some big runs on the board," he said. "I think it's been a fantastic series so far and I'm sure the Aussies will fight back.

"But as far as I'm concerned, I am very happily retired."

The third Test starts on Wednesday in New Delhi.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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