Shane Warne: career highlights

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Shane Warne’s speaks out about the highs and lows of a remarkable and sometimes controversial career during today’s press conference:

Favourite match:

The second Ashes Test win at Adelaide Oval earlier this month.

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“My favourite Test match would have been the 1992 Test match in Sri Lanka, in Colombo. That would have been favourite up until last week in Adelaide. I didn’t think I’d ever top 1992, but Adelaide definitely pipped that, that’s the best match I’ve played in.”

Career high: “The high was just playing cricket for Australia. I’ve been lucky to play in an unbelievable era. I don’t want to single out any particular time or anything like that. I’ve just been very lucky. I’ve been very lucky to play in an unbelievable team, with some unbelievable players, once-in-a-generation players. Together we’ve achieved some special things. And I’d like to think I’ve played my part in that.”

Career lows: Losing the 1996 World Cup final to Sri Lanka, and losing the 1992/93 home series against the West Indies. “To lose the final there, with a big opportunity to win a World Cup final, was probably the biggest disappointment. Along with losing to the West Indies by one run in Adelaide. And then watching Curtley Ambrose get seven for one in Perth, and losing that series, which is the only one I’ve lost in Australia as part of the Australian cricket team. I’ve only lost one series, and that was to the West Indies in 1992-93.”

Best international batsmen: Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar. “I think those two guys have been the toughest at international level. Brian Lara because of his domination and his placement. It’s just amazing his placement in cricket, he places the ball unbelievably well and can dominate. He can turn a game, as we’ve seen over the years, no matter who’s bowling. Sachin Tendulkar I really admire, I admire Brian too, but I really admire Sachin for what he has to go through every day in India with a billion people wanting him to do well. There’s 50,000 people outside the stadium until he walks in to bat, then they all charge in. One of the hardest things when you’ve been such a successful player is everybody else’s expectations. They can wear you down after a while. Everyone just thinks that you’re going to go out and do the business. It’s not that easy.”

Best Australian opponent: “Darren Lehmann has been the hardest player that I’ve had to bowl to domestically. I think he’s the best player of spin bowling out of anybody in the world.”

Any chance of a comeback? “No.”

AWB shrugs off US ban

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AWB spokesman Peter McBride said there had been ongoing discussions with the Department of Agriculture (USDA) on this issue and there seemed to be a little bit of misunderstanding.

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“Firstly we haven’t received any official notice,” he said.

“Secondly we have not used the export subsidy program since early 2004.

“We have informed them recently that we would voluntarily step down from using the export program. We don’t envisage using it in the foreseeable future.”

“As we haven’t used the program for over two and a half years and we are currently not using it, we will just continue to have discussions with them going forward.”

AWB now has a month to respond to the USDA move and announce whether it will contest the debarment action – a process that could involve a protracted hearing process.

US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced overnight AWB and its affiliates, as well as 11 former employees, could be barred indefinitely from US government programs after further investigations.

The announcement follows last month’s release of the Cole report, commissioned by the Australian government, which found that AWB had funnelled almost $300 million in kickbacks to Saddam Hussein’s former regime to secure lucrative wheat export contracts with Iraq in defiance of the United Nations.

Commissioner Terence Cole also recommended 11 AWB employees – including former company chairman Trevor Flugge, former chief executive Murray Rogers and former chief financial officer Paul Ingleby – be further investigated for possible criminal or corporate offences.

“We have a duty to protect the public interest by ensuring the firms and individuals with whom we do business abide by the law,” Mr Johanns said in a statement.

“We have taken this immediate step based on evidence of illicit activities and, in some cases, evidence of attempts to conceal those activities.”

USDA spokeswoman Dana Johnson said the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) looked very closely at the Cole report.

“We have taken this step based on the evidence and on our duty to protect the public interest and to ensure the USDA only does business with responsible individuals,” she told ABC radio.

“We found evidence that led our officials here to order the suspension and debarment of AWB Limited and its affiliates.

“In addition there was a US company that we have also proposed suspension and debarment for.”

Ms Johnson said the debarment still applied to AWB even though most named personnel now had no involvement with AWB and regulations clearly stipulated responsibility of the named entities and individuals.

“That will be decided during debarment proceeding that will unfold over the next few months,” she said.

Ms Johnson said the immediate suspension barred AWB and individuals from contracting with the US government and participating in most US programs.

“AWB USA Limited had in the past in 2002-04 accessed some of the USDA export credit guarantee programs,” she said.

“The suspension and debarment would apply to AWB Limited and all of its current future affiliates. Should AWB USA decide to try to access those programs, this would exclude them.”

Containment lines ‘won’t hold’

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“They are just so sure that the fire will jump containment lines if the wind picks up as predicted,” said a spokesman for the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE).

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The spokesman said the fires, which have blackened more than 800,000 hectares in Victoria, were now so large that a wind change could make conditions much worse.

“In terms of how dry the bushland is – the fire situation – it really is a monster out there,” he said.

Fire has surrounded Mount Buller, with Mirimbah, Sheepyard Flat and Sawmill Settlement to the north and Howqua Hills and Tobacco Flat to the south on alert.

Conditions calmer

Although conditions today were calmer, a fire yesterday briefly broke containment lines at Mansfield and resources are stretched at other danger points.

Senior forecaster with the Bureau of Meteorology Richard Carlyon said northerly winds, which picked up a little this afternoon and tonight, will be strong tomorrow.

He said in ridgetop areas, around where fires are raging, it would get to about 25-30 knots tomorrow, with gusty winds of up to 15 knots in valleys.

Mr Carlyon said a cool change would not likely hit fire areas in the high country until just before midnight tomorrow, when rains of 5-10 millimetres are expected.

More than 900 injured

Meanwhile, more than 900 people have been treated by St John Ambulance volunteers for injuries sustained in Victoria’s bushfires.

Injuries included eye irritation, dehydration, minor burns, blisters, bruises, broken bones, cuts and spider bites, with 17 patients requiring hospital treatment.

More than 430 St John Ambulance staff and volunteers are supporting Country Fire Authority and Department of Sustainability and Environment areas across the state.

The service has nine first aid posts at Mansfield, Briagolong, Heyfield, Mt Beauty, Bright, Erica, Dargo, Swifts Creek and Mt Hotham.

Bashir sparks terror fear

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Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner Mick Keelty warned of the risks after the Indonesian Supreme Court overturned Bashir’s conviction over the bombings, in which 88 Australians died.

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The Supreme Court has ruled Bashir did not give his blessing to the bombings and overturned his conviction on conspiracy charges in the attack that killed a total of 202 people.

But Mr Keelty said Australians had no reason to be disappointed with Indonesia’s judicial system.

“Circumstantial cases are the most difficult to put before a court,” he told ABC Radio today.

“I don’t think people should be disappointed about the Indonesian criminal justice system,” he said.

“I think we should just accept that it was a complex and difficult case to prosecute.”

The 2002 bombing was followed by attacks against the Australian embassy in Jakarta in 2004 and another bombing in Bali in October of 2005 in which 23 people were killed, including four Australians.

Mr Keelty said the consequences of the court’s latest decision were unclear.

“I don’t think even those involved in the activities in Indonesia would have been aware that this decision was about to be handed down, let alone be given time to react to it in such a way.”

Even so, he cautioned Australians planning to visit Indonesia over the holiday season.

“We are concerned at the moment that there may be further bombings during this Christmas period.”

Mr Keelty praised the co-operation between Australian and Indonesian forces in training new police recruits and in tracking down suspected terrorists.

“If you look at it in per capita terms, of how many people we believe are involved in terrorism, the Indonesian National Police and the Indonesian authorities have arrested more terrorists and put them through their criminal justice system than any other country in the world.”

McGrath ‘not retiring yet’

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Ponting said McGrath told him today that he was stunned at the speculation about his future, following the retirement of Shane Warne.

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“I actually sat next to him on the plane today and he can’t believe some of the attention and some of the things that have been written in the paper, particularly today,” Ponting said.

“I certainly haven’t had the conversation with Glenn that I had with Shane the other night so that would to me indicate that he’s thinking about playing a bit longer yet.”

Meanwhile, Ponting said that he never tried to talk Warne out of changing his mind about quitting the game.

He said he was saddened to lose such a good teammate but respected the spin star’s decision.

“I think I was a bit shocked a bit saddened like everybody else was — not that he made the decision because he’d obviously thought long and hard about wanting to retire,” Ponting said.

“But because of the fact I played with him for so long and he’s a really good friend of mine and I’ve learned a lot from him about the game.

“Whenever you lose someone you’ve been close to for a long period of time it’s sad.

“But he’s obviously made that decision on other things he wanted to do in his life so I didn’t at any stage ever try to talk him out of it,” he said.

Ponting said he had impressed on the team the need to win the remaining two tests in Melbourne and Sydney as a testament to Warne.

“We want to win the next two games and it would be a fitting end for Shane if we did that and that’s the way we’ve got to approach these next two,” he said.

Ponting said there was no room for a relaxed approach even though Australia has already wrapped up the Ashes series.

“I think we owe it to ourselves and we owe it to the fans around

Australia to make sure that we aren’t any more relaxed,” he said.

“Losing last time stung everybody and we’ve go to make sure now that… with Warney doing what he’s done, we can actually use that as some sort of motivation to make sure we send off one of the all time greats of the game on the right note.”

And he is convinced Australia can make it 5-0.

“Absolutely, if we keep playing the cricket that we’ve played in the first three then I think England should find it very hard to win a game,” Ponting said.