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Warnie, just stick with Big Bash

If Shane Warne’s performances in his opening three Big Bash encounters are anything to go on, making a return to the Australian Test team would be pure madness.

Shane Warne. Source: Tom Griffiths/ The SportingJournal

Shane Warne, Stars Skipper. Credit: Tom Griffiths/TSJ

Currently holding the most expensive strike rate in the Big Bash League at 81.00, Michael Clarke would be taking a huge risk if he was to seriously consider inviting Warnie back to wear the Baggy Green.

It’s been a big couple of years for Australia’s favourite son. Warne’s been travelling Europe, sipping champagne whilst playing golf with the rich and famous, had his face updated and brought Liz Hurley and co. Down Under. Don’t get me wrong, I love Warnie. It’s great to see him leading the Melbourne Stars in the second season of the Big Bash. However, as a devoted fan of  Test Cricket, I don’t believe Shane should be making a return.

In 9 BBL overs, Warne’s been hit, whacked and slogged for 81 runs. The bad news is that he’s only been able to provide 1 wicket for the Stars and to make matters worse, conceded the most runs in an innings for a spin bowler after his shocking figures in the season opening derby against the Renegades. Despite convincing the Fox Sports commentary team otherwise, Aaron Finch was easily able to consecutively send his deliveries into the crowd, far from the hype that was promised from the legend.

But you can’t live in the past. Let’s not kid ourselves, Shane’s not the same man who was Australia’s hero so many times in sticky situations against the Poms. Undoubtedly Shane Warne was the greatest spin bowler to ever play the game of Cricket, but legends in the world of sport only live once. Warnie’s wish to return would be like Nathan Buckley returning to a full strength Collingwood or asking Michael Jordan to play a professional NBA match for the Chicago Bulls, it just wouldn’t happen. It would be heartbreaking to see our Warnie getting hit around the ground by an in-form Alastair Cook at Lord’s.

So Shane, stick to Big Bash. The entertainment value alone makes for a perfect fit. However, let’s keep Test Cricket for those who are currently the best in the country, so that hopefully we see the Ashes return to Australia at the end of August next year.

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