Pietersen’s offer was just a joke: Warne

Australian Shane Warne has said he is not interested in any full-time job and the offer he received from Kevin Pietersen to take over...

Written by Press Trust Of India | London | Published:January 10, 2009 12:05 am

Australian Shane Warne has said he is not interested in any full-time job and the offer he received from Kevin Pietersen to take over as the new England coach was only a joke.

“Yes,KP dipped his toe in the water jokingly,but usually the names put forward come from a mix of informed speculation and sheer guesswork. According to some reports,I am in the frame to follow Peter Moores. This is a good opportunity to set the record straight.

“At this stage,I have a full book. I have enjoyed coaching and managing the Rajasthan Royals,but that is for a couple of months a year. I could not give a full-time position the time required to do the job properly. In any case,following a team around the world is what I have given up. If that is what I wanted,I would still be a player,” Warne wrote in his column for The Times.

Warne believes England do need an Australian for the job and the ideal candidate was Darren Lehmann. “To me,England do need somebody from outside their set-up to take an objective view and bring in a few ideas. He also needs to understand the English system and way of playing. I’d like to throw in the name of an Australian who would do a really good job: not SK Warne,but Darren Lehmann.

“Now he has moved into coaching. He would be great at installing confidence right across the board,through the players,the ECB,sponsors,supporters…everybody.”

Warne repeated that the captain should run the show. “The balance between captain and coach should be simple: The captain runs the show and the coach is there in the background. There should have been more support for KP. I believe he should have stayed and Moores gone,” said Warne.

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