MacGill sees no reason as to why Warne cannot make a spectacular comeback to international cricket
Former Australia leg-spinner Stuart MacGill has “absolutely no doubt” that ‘spin king’ Shane Warne can regain his spot on the national team and make an outstanding international return at the age of 43.
Warne, a former leg-spinner himself, created a media frenzy after announcing that he was considering making an international comeback this year in order to help Australia during their back-to-back Ashes series against arch-rivals England.
MacGill stated that if he were captain of the Australian Test team right now, he would not hesitate to pick Warne.
“I’d play him,” he told the Sun-Herald. “Should he be picked? If any selector said he shouldn’t be picked, that it’s not in the best interests of Australian cricket, I laugh at them.
“I’m interested in Australian cricket winning. Not in 10 or 15 years, but every day. The best way to win in 10 or 15 years is for it to be on the tail end of a huge streak. You pick your best team on any given day and if Shane Warne is available, then he’s in it.”
Warne retired from Test cricket in 2007, but has been playing a lot of domestic cricket since then.
The only problem for MacGill is whether Warne can cope with the hardships of Test cricket at 43.
“The only question that needs to be asked is whether he can physically (perform) all day for a couple of days — but he would know that,” MacGill said.
Macgill also noted that he has been extremely “disappointed” with the recent performances of Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
“Right from the start, he bowls too fast and too straight,” MacGill added. “If I were Nathan Lyon at the moment, the number one thing I’d be looking at is getting my line right.”