Ponting dismisses Warne's comeback comments

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Sydney, Oct 9 (UNI) Australian captain Ricky Ponting has laughed off legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne's desire to make a comeback to the international arena.

According to the 'Australian', Ponting was more focussed on the next generation of Australian spinners rather than calling Warne out of retirement.

''I haven't spoken to Warnie at all about making a comeback.

I'm pretty sure nobody has,'' Ponting said in Bangalore on the eve of the first match of the four-Test series. ''That's not our focus at the moment obviously. If we were going to entertain that idea we would have done it before now.'' ''Our challenge is to find the next spinner in Australia who is going to be good enough to win us a few Tests or play a role in the team to help us win a few Tests,'' he added.

The Australian skipper also had a dig at Warne's apparent lack of match fitness.

''I haven't spoken to him recently. Has he rolled his arm over at any stage?'' he asked.

When informed that Warne had bowled four balls recently, Ponting replied,''that will put him in good stead for back-to-back Tests in India, although he probably landed every ball on a 20-cent piece.'' The world champions are faced with a severe lack of options in the spin bowling department which was compounded after leg-spinner Bryce McGain was ruled out due to a shoulder injury.

However, Ponting was hopeful that Cameron White and rookie off-spinner Jason Krejza will prove equal to the challenge.

''Unfortunately, with Bryce McGain going down (injured) here it's put us under a little but more pressure,'' Ponting said. ''We've got two younger guys in Krejza and White who will hopefully play well and do a job for us in this series. One of them will be wearing the baggy green cap, so there will be a great challenge for our spinner going into this Test.'' UNI XC AB PM1403

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