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Warne agrees ‘to think about’ England job, backs down later

Agencies | Sydney | Posted: February 4, 2014 4:18 am

Australian bowling great Shane Warne, so often the cause of England’s demise, offered on Monday to think about reviving the old enemy as the country’s next coach. As England players flew home in the early hours following a final defeat in Sydney, Warne took to Twitter in answer to calls for him to apply for the role.

“To my English followers, I’m flattered that you would like me to consider the England job,” Warne tweeted. “All I can say is — I will think about it!!!”

The comment could of course be a wind-up from the 44-year-old who, at the end of January, was named as spin consultant ahead of Australia’s World Twenty20 campaign starting in Bangladesh in March.

Cricket Australia said Warne would support head coach Darren Lehmann, providing specialist training for the squad’s spinners. And Warne later made it clear Australia remained his number one concern. “Re Eng job, I know it’s created a bit of interest hahaha,” he wrote. “I’m flattered to be considered, but my priorities, as always, are with the Aussies.”

The England job has been vacant since Andy Flower quit a week ago after losing the Ashes 5-0 on a disastrous tour Down Under.

Kirsten says no

Former India coach Gary Kirsten is not interested in taking up the role of England’s Team Director and has distanced himself from the job. The 46-year-old former Proteas opener, who had guided India to World Cup victory and No 1 ranking in Test cricket is third favourite in the list of bookies to replace Andy Flower.

Kirsten will be seen as the chief coach of Delhi Daredevils in the upcoming season. According to a report by ESPN Cricinfo, Kirsten has reportedly told them that he is not interested even if he is offered the job. Kirsten also told reporters in India that his circumstances have not changed since stepping down as coach of South Africa last July.

Despite leading South Africa to No. 1 in the world Test rankings, Kirsten cited the amount of time spent away from home as the reason for quitting and said the same explanation prevents an interest in returning to international cricket.

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