Melbourne, Oct.21 : With Australia falling to its largest ever defeat in terms of runs (320) to India at Mohali on Tuesday, the Daily Telegraph has said that Australian cricket needs a helping hand, and suggests that who better than former leg spinner Shane Warne.
Suggesting that morale within the team is at an all time low following the reported spat between skipper Ricky Ponting and fast bowler Brett Lee, the paper says that it is time to send an SOS to Shane Keith Warne.
Acknowledging that the Australian cricketing establishment would look aghast at the suggestion of luring the world's greatest leg spinner back to the Test arena, the paper says the argument to convince Warne to make a comeback makes sense.
"For one thing, he probably wouldn't need much convincing. Earlier this year, he led the Rajasthan Royals to victory in the Indian Premier League with a preparation that consisted of a week's worth of bowling," says the paper.
"He loves pressure. He doesn't need hours in the nets. He would eat this summer's touring sides - South Africa and New Zealand - quicker than a can of baked beans,' it adds.
While there may be minor regulations to overcome (he needs to have racked up two first-class matches to qualify for the Test side), surely these can be swept aside in the national interest, the paper concludes.
Story first published: Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 13:05 [IST]
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