Warne refuses to rule out comeback

Updated: 13 September 2008 13:20 IST

Legendary spinner Shane Warne has refused to rule out a shock international comeback to a depleted India-bound team.

Warne refuses to rule out comeback

Melbourne:

Legendary spinner Shane Warne has refused to rule out a shock international comeback to a depleted India-bound team even though he tipped Bryce McGain as new number one Australian Test spinner.

"In my life I've learnt never to say never," Warne was quoted as saying by the 'Courier Mail'.

"But at the moment I'm very happily retired and I'm very happy with my life," he said.

Warne said the 36-year-old McGain was the top spinner in the country and added he had experience at his side.

"If you look at the spinners at the moment in Australia he is the best," Warne said.

"He has slowed his pace down and is spinning it beautifully. Being 36 is an advantage for him experience wise and he has basically played club cricket once a week for most of his career so his body isn't a worry.

"I don't see it as a backwards step that Beau Casson is gone. This is a tour of India and they have really good players of spin and we don't want to ruin anyone," he added.

McGain, who has played only 19 first-class matches and taken 57 wickets at 33, was on Friday named as Australia's frontline spinner for the arduous four-Test tour of India and will partner rookie Tasmanian off-spinner Jason Krejza in a 15-man squad.

He is set to become Australia's oldest Test debutant in 24 years.

Casson was overlooked because selectors did not feel his wristspin would suit Indian conditions.



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