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Warne rubbishes Test comeback speculation

Press Trust Of India
May 21, 2008 at 12:43am IST

Kolkata: Leg-spin legend Shane Warne on Tuesday rubbished reports that he was open to the possibility of staging a comeback to Test cricket if Australia needed him for the next Ashes series.

"I am very happily retired. I am looking forward to spend my time with my children and work for charity," Warne said in Kolkata after leading the Rajasthan Royals to their ninth win in the Indian Premier League.

Warne's comments effectively put the lid on speculation that he was mulling a comeback into the longer version of the game.

NO SECOND THOUGHTS: Shane Warne says he is 'very happily retired'.

Earlier, media reports had quoted Warne as saying, "If Australia really needed me and there was no one else around, and (skipper) Ricky Ponting thought I could do the job, you would weigh up the options."

"If Stuart MacGill fell over and broke his leg, and there were no other spinners around, and Ricky came out and said, 'Mate, can you please help us out for this one-off tour? We need you', that is something I would weigh up."

The report also quoted Warne as saying that he decided to hang his boots, as he was sick of touring and other commitments.

"If you could just turn up and play Test cricket, that would be cool. I would definitely consider that," the report in the Australian media said.

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