Unfair to make Mickey the scapegoat: Warne

'In isolation, the 'homework-gate' looks ridiculous'


No amount of time with Shane Warne is enough. Primarily because of the straight talk he does. The former Aussie spinner, who breathed life into the dying art of leg-spin and left boots hard to fill, was thronged by cameras even after a 20-minute long media conference was over.

Excerpts from the interview to HT:

Australia are experiencing tough times here.

I think these guys have never experienced such conditions. It took us two tours to understand India before we finally won a series in 2004. It is unfair to make coach, Mickey Arthur, the scapegoat. Honestly, there are 4-5 players in Australia who should have been here with this squad.

Your views on Watson & Co being barred for a Test?

In isolation, the 'homework-gate' looks ridiculous. But there could be something else before that might have led to this.

That it involves Shane Watson surprises you?

When I was captain of the Rajasthan Royals, he was one of the players I wanted desperately. What disappoints me about Watson is that he's got only two hundreds in 40 Tests.

He's a far better player than that. I would like to see him back opening with Warner. They do pretty well together. Even if he is bowling, I'd like to see him open the batting.

You've not been a fan of coaches with laptops, or those like Pat Howard who came to cricket from rugby.

(Laughs) At the international level, you need people, man managers actually, who have played at that level and understand situations. Gary Kirsten (South Africa) and Andy Flower (England), two great cricketers, are coaching two of the best teams.

They understand the game. Yes, we had John Buchanan too. But his was a team even my son could have coached.

Are you good enough to play for Australia again?

I've learnt one thing in life, and that is 'never-say-never'. My life has been like a soap opera. If you ask me, can I do it? I have no doubt that I will be able to do it.

But if you ask me will I do it? At 44 in September, then now is the time I have to start. I can't go back and play grade cricket. The only reason I'll be coming out of retirement is to help Australia. But, it may not be a long-term plan. So, I'd rather help the Aussies informally.

The art of leg-spin is declining. Why?

It is pretty hard to bowl (laughs). Captains don't back leggies. There are many 15 and 16-year-olds who show potential and spin the ball. But when they get hit for sixes, their captains go back to medium pace and defensive fielding options.

Spinners lose confidence and then they take up something else. If you are a spinner, you get hit. I have a record in Test cricket; I have been hit for most sixes. But I did take wickets.

Is Liz Hurley happier that you have a full head of hair again now?

Hair is an important part of one's personality. But I guess she loves me whichever way I am.

Shane Warne is a brand ambassador of the Advanced Hair Studio. Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times. (TAG: CYCSPL)

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Yuvraj Singh was back to his best in his first match for Royal Challengers Bangalore. More »

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Chennai have been able to purchase batting replacements for the loss of Michael Hussey and spin reinforcements in the form of Samuel Badree. They appear… More »

Evenly matched Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

Evenly matched Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

A quality that defines Rajasthan and Hyderabad is consistency. Rajasthan was one among two teams to enjoy complete dominance at home last season. Hyderabad… More »

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

The BCCI will hold an emergent working committee meeting on April 20 to discuss the future course of action with regard to the Supreme Court hearing concerning… More »

Kallis, Narine star in Knight Riders’ crushing win

Kallis, Narine star in Knight Riders’ crushing win

An all-round display saw Knight Riders thump Mumbai Indians by 41 runs in the IPL-7 opener. More »

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

"Integrity is non-negotiable..." says the BCCI's interim chief ahead of Season 7 of the tainted league. More »

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

The 38-year-old South African veteran turned it on for Kolkata Knight RIders in the opening match of IPL-7. More »

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

The court emphasised that the tainted administrator can no longer work for the BCCI. More »

Yuvraj happy to play for RCB: Kohli

Yuvraj happy to play for RCB: Kohli

New-look RCB will play their first game of IPL-7 on Thursday. More »

Shane Watson issues moral warning

Shane Watson issues moral warning

'Everyone knows what is right and what is wrong and if you do the wrong thing it will be found out' More »

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Welcome to another season of a league that many watch but few trust. More »

IPL: News Line

IPL: News Line

A round-up of all the news from this season of the IPL. More »

Johnson may quit T20s for Tests

Johnson may quit T20s for Tests

Australia's Mitchell Johnson may quit limited-overs cricket to prolong his test career with an eye on the 2015 Ashes series in England, the fast bowler… More »

Nepal players call off boycott

Nepal players call off boycott

Thaw in relations after formation of an advisory committee that would work in tandem with the Cricket Association of Nepal. More »

There's a lot going on: Fleming

There's a lot going on: Fleming

He experienced anxious moments in the lead-up to the tournament as the courts decided on whether to suspend the franchise, he said, but stressed that the… More »

Latif couldn’t work with tainted players

Latif couldn’t work with tainted players

Former Pakistan cricket captain Rashid Latif said Tuesday he turned down the job of national chief selector because he could not work with ex-players tainted… More »

We are not over-confident: Bailey

We are not over-confident: Bailey

Indian Premier League — George Bailey-led Kings XI Punjab will face Chennai Super Kings on Friday. More »

Big runs expected, with bat and ball

Big runs expected, with bat and ball

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Their main concern, once again, is the fast bowling More »

Taxing issue — BCCI hits roadblock

Taxing issue — BCCI hits roadblock

MoU between BCCI & its units to avoid double taxation delayed after a few decline to share details. More »

Black Caps pick rookie duo for West Indies

Black Caps pick rookie duo for West Indies

New Zealand selectors included two new caps in a 15-man Test squad named Tuesday to tour the West Indies, with injury-hit spinner Dan Vettori's future… More »

The stage is set for IPL-7 to start

The stage is set for IPL-7 to start

The Preview — Defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Kolkata Knight Riders More »

Srinivasan appeals to court to allow BCCI comeback

Srinivasan appeals to court to allow BCCI comeback

He was aggrieved by the allegations against him during the hearing. More »

India: cricket's Brazil

India: cricket's Brazil

They are tough to beat with a big talent base exposed to good facilities. (CYCSPL) More »

Delhi Daredevils say no to gifts

Delhi Daredevils say no to gifts

Franchises are doing their bit to refurbish the image of the tainted league. More »