Warne would jump out of retirement 'in a heartbeat' to replace Ponting: Jones

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Melbourne, Aug 25 (ANI): Spin legend Shane Warne would jump at the chance to replace Ricky Ponting and come out of retirement "in a heartbeat" if offered the Australian captaincy, former Test star Dean Jones has said.

Ponting's captaincy is under scrutiny after he became only the second Australian captain to lose two Ashes series on English soil.

England's 197-run victory in the decisive fifth Test at The Oval ended Australia's 14-year reign on top of the Test rankings, The Herald Sun reports.

"Someone has to be accountable for this and there will be some casualties, there's no doubt about it," Jones told BBC Radio Five Live, sportinglife.com reports..

"If the selectors or Cricket Australia want to go to someone else for the captaincy, if they're thinking of that, (the options are) maybe give it to Michael Clarke straight away now . . . is he old enough? Is he mature enough now?

"Will they give it to, say, maybe Marcus North who they have a lot of respect for? Or even Simon Katich? Or one more . . . ask Shane Warne to come out of retirement just for two years, then give it to Michael Clarke," he added.

"A lot of people might be thinking that's stupid, but it will take him two months, three months to get himself fit, just let him play the Test matches and, I tell you what, he would do it in a heartbeat.

"I don't think they'll do that, I don't think they'll go that far but it'll be an option, I tell you, that'll be looked at," Jones said.

Warne, 39, quit the international game in January 2007 following Australia's Ashes triumph and spent the 2009 series in the commentary box overseeing his team's 2-1 defeat. (ANI)

Story first published: Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 11:38 [IST]
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