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Warne's not becoming England coach

April 13, 2007, 4:43 PM IST
Warne's not becoming England coach

London: Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has ruled out taking up the job England’s coach.

The record-breaking Test match bowler, who retired with 708 wickets to his name after the 5-0 Ashes drubbing, insists that he is only concentrating on the captaincy of Hampshire ahead of the new English county championship season.

"I'm not even thinking about coaching at the moment. I have enough on my plate leading Hampshire," said Warne who added, however, that he was always keen to pass on advice to young spinners.

"I'm always happy to talk to anyone. I've never been one not to help other players if they feel I can help them. I talk to other spinners all the time, and I had a long chat with Monty Panesar last summer and I hope that helped him."

Warne told the BBC that with the likes of England batsman Kevin Pietersen in the side, he was confident that Hampshire could win their first county championship title since 1973.

"We're quietly confident we can go all the way. Obviously, every county thinks that at the start of the season but we believe we're one of the best sides in competition," said Warne who will also have Australian international teammate Stuart Clark leading the seam attack.

"Stuart is one of the best fast bowlers in the world at the moment. He's a great asset and as a captain it's tremendous to have someone like him to throw the ball to and say: 'Get me a wicket'."

The county championship starts on April 18 with Warne hoping that if England fail to make the World Cup semi-finals, he can call upon Pietersen immediately.

"I'm not sure how long England will last in the World Cup, but I would be disappointed if players aren't available for their counties," said Warne.

"(England coach) Duncan Fletcher might not want them to play for their counties and ask for them to be rested. But the ECB pays their wages and I hope they would override him and order them to play."

"Having Kevin Pietersen around is going to help us, and I'm sure Lancashire think the same way about Freddie Flintoff and Saj Mahmood. I think everyone likes to see England do well, and they may sneak into the semi-finals and hit form at the right time. But there's part of me that wants to see them get knocked out so it makes Pietersen available for us," he said.

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