Warne's search for next spin king gets more urgent

Brisbane, Jan 30 (UNI) Shane Warne has pleaded to state captains to develop Australia's spin stocks by encouraging spinners and using them more imaginatively in domestic games.

Warne was recently appointed by Cricket Australia (CA) as the new spin coach so as to nurture spin bowling in the country.

The former Australian leg spinner's search has become more urgent following Stuart MacGill's ageing career and Brad Hogg's inability to trouble quality batsmen.

''One of the things you have to understand is from the captain's point of view, no matter what the conditions, spinners can't be an afterthought,'' Warne was quoted as saying by Herald Sun.

''For instance, here in Brisbane, if it seams, it spins.

''I have to work with captains so I can talk to them tactically about how to use the spinners best and about how spinners feel in different situations,'' he added.

The spin legend feels the spinners have a tough job at hands as the modern-day cricket has become even more batsman-friendly after the various changes the game's format.

''Unfortunately it's very hard to be a spin bowler in this day and age.'' Warne was here and spent his first day as a spin mentor with Queensland Bulls' Dan Doran, Chris Simpson, Aaron Nye, Ryan le Loux and emerging youth spinners including Cameron Boyce, 18.

Test cricket's second most successful wicket taker with 708 Test wickets said Hogg's career is still far from over as against India even the best of spinners have struggled.

Hogg finished the Indian Test series with just eight wickets at an average of more than 60.

''I wouldn't be writing Hoggy off because I'm sure it's not the last we'll see of him in Test cricket,'' Warne said.

''Hoggy probably didn't bowl as well as he would have liked.

Things didn't go his way and India played well against him.

''The problem for him was he was bowling against the best players of spin in the world.

''India have eaten up Murali and the best spinners in the world,'' he conceded.

The legendary leg-spinner was impressed with Victorian Bryce McGain and claimed him to be a potential leg-spinner for the Australia.

''I had a session with Bryce McGain recently. I think Australia could do a lot worse than pick him because I think he is an extremely good bowler,'' Warne added.


Story first published: Wednesday, January 30, 2008, 15:07 [IST]
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