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Review on Shane Warne still our best spinnerOME of Australian cricket's highest-powered backers say Shane Warne retired too early. But the master yesterday could not bring himself to talk about the prospect of a comeback.
Even at age 41, and four years into Test match retirement, there is still a feeling Warne is the best spinner in the country, though time would short-circuit any dream of an Ashes comeback.
Australia's spin bowling stocks are so shallow it is barely worth playing one, and that Warne plans to have one last season in the Indian Premier League means he has not totally cut ties with competitive cricket.
"I have always said he retired too early and could still do it," said David Gyngell, a friend of Warne's and now chief executive of Nine Entertainment Company (formerly PBL).
"I would love to see him make a comeback. His captaincy skills are exceptional and he could work with Ricky and add a lot to the team.
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"I have not spoken to Warnie about it but I am sure he could do it if he wanted to."
Gyngell's thought are echoed by more than 70 per cent of participants in a Sydney newspaper survey who said Warne should be summoned back to Test cricket.
While blogging for News Limited yesterday, Warne declined to answer questions about a comeback.
History suggests it would be improbable but not impossible for a leg-spinner to play at Warne's age. Former champion Australian leggie Clarrie Grimmett bowled until his mid-40s, though the game is far quicker now and requires younger, fitter bodies.
It would not be realistic for Warne to play in the Ashes because he has not done enough preparation.
And he has an obscenely full book of appointments including, according to his Twitter chats, a visit to England later this week.
But Australia still longs for a decent wrist spinner.
Since Warne retired Australia has tried nine spinners and most of them have been quickly discarded after their shortcomings were brutally exposed.
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