Speculation over Warne's comeback reignited with Indian tour

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Sydney, Sep 13 (UNI) Speculations over Shane Warne's potential comeback before next year's Ashes have reignited once again with Australia's forthcoming tour of India as the World Champions have failed to find a quality spinner in their ranks and the legendary leg-spinner himself not ruling out the possibility of his return.

''In my life I've learnt never to say never,'' Warne was quoted as saying by 'Courier Mail' today.

''But at the moment I'm very happily retired and I'm very happy with my life,'' he added.

Some of the Indian stars have themselves admitted that the Australian team would find it difficult this time as they lack a quality spinner in their team.

Yesterday, Indian opener Virender Sehwag had said, ''Shane Warne has served them well for many years. And this time, it will be difficult for Australia as they do not have any quality spinner in the side which could pose a real problem for us.'' Warne, who would turn 40 by next year's Ashes, might be happy with his business life and playing professional snooker but the selection of uncapped spinners Bryce McGain and Jason Krejza for the four-match Test series in India next month has once again exposed the void of an experienced spinner in the Australian side.

Australia's highest wicket taker, Warne, after leading Rajasthan Royals to win the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) had hinted that he might return for the Ashes next year if his team asks for his services.

''If Australia really needed me and there was no one else around and Ricky (Ponting) thought I could do the job, you would weigh up the options.'' ''If I wanted to keep playing I don't think there is an issue with me being the number one spinner and performing,'' Warne had said in May after the Rajasthan Royals won the IPL title.


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