After misfired SMS, Warnie comes with every VB beer

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Sydney, Oct 3 (UNI) After failing in the reconciliation effort with his ex wife Simone and the misfired SMS to the 'the other woman', it seems spin champion Shane Warne has turned to a mug of beer to soak his frustrations.

Warne will replace his former teammate David Boon as the talking figurine for beermaker Victoria Bitter, the beer brand with the highest market share in Australia.

He will give his face and voice to the beer brand's new marketing campaign and will have his image cast into a 12 cm plastic figurine which will be sold with slabs of beer from December.

Like the 'Boonie' figurine, 'Warnie' will emit any of 60 pre-recorded phrases to coincide with the Nine Network's coverage of matches involving Australia, India and Sri Lanka throughout 2007-08.

Beer drinkers can expect to hear phrases along the lines of ''Like the Spice Girls, unplayable'', ''OK, pop in the Warnie highlights tape'' and ''I think the baked beans just kicked in''.

Warne, who recently spent four hours in a London studio recording the phrases, however, admitted he might tire of the sound of his own voice through the summer.

But, he slipped into marketing mode when asked what he thought about Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan breaking his Test wicket record this year.

''If he breaks the record I'll have a VB and say 'Well done','' Warne told 'Daily Telegraph'.

Foster's, the brewer of VB, will manufacture 220,000 'Warnie' figurines and expect them to become collector's items after they stop talking on March 7, 2008, Commonwealth Bank tri-series final.

The 'Boonie' figurines proved enormously popular with cricket fans, and are still sought after on online auction sites such as eBay.


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