Shane Warne has confirmed that he will play for Melbourne Stars in the inaugural Twenty20 Big Bash League in Australia, which kicks off in December.
Warne retired from all forms of cricket only six months ago, following his stint in the Indian Premier League; but now the formerly roly-poly spinner has announced that he is fit and raring to go: ‘I’m fitter than I have ever been. I had a few offers but the MCG has been my backyard for 20 years…. It’s got nothing to do with money. If it had something to do with money and me coming out to play cricket, I’d still be playing in the IPL. This is something that I’m passionate about.’
Warne’s return, at 42 years of age, after a short retirement is another example of a great sportsman just not being able to give it up. Perhaps the pull of the game he loves was too much for him; or – as many of us suspect – Liz Hurley is an absolute nightmare to live with.
By Peter Simpson