Warne, McGrath ‘set to retire’

by admin on September 30th, 2019

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The Nine Network reported that Warne, 37, was poised to announce his retirement as early as tomorrow, while McGrath, 36, is expected to follow suit.

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The two bowlers will play their final Tests in the fifth Ashes Test against England at the SCG, Channel Nine reported.

Cricket Australia (CA) would tonight neither confirm nor deny the report. CA spokesman Peter Young said it was up to Warne and McGrath to make any announcements regarding their futures.

“Those two players are the masters of their own destiny and the owners of their own futures and when they announce decisions on their futures is up to them,” Mr Young said.

Shocked

The cricket world was in a state of shock after reports that Warne is expected to announce his retirement.

National selector David Boon said the first he heard of Warne’s possible retirement came when journalists began inundating him with calls tonight.

“I haven’t heard anything official yet from Cricket Australia and people have been ringing me non-stop,” Boon said.

“My take on it is that, until he does it officially, I can’t pass comment because I don’t know the facts.

Australian coach John Buchanan wasn’t commenting “at this stage”.

Warne’s former Australian captain Allan Border said he was “in a bit of a state of shock” about his possible retirement from cricket.

Border spoke about Warne minutes after the news broke that the leg-spinning genius might announce his retirement tomorrow.

“It’s just caught everyone by surprise,” Border said on Fox Sports.

When asked if Warne needed to retire, Border replied: “Well, definitely not – he’s in superb touch, he’s bowling well, physically he’s very well.

“I just got the inkling that he was even considering one more tilt at England in England and that would see him out.

“I suppose there’s a lot of innuendo about what the reasons are … I’m in a bit of a state of shock.”

Border captained Warne in his first Test, when the leg spinner returned 1-150 against India during the 1991-92 Australian season.

“There was something special about him, right from the word go,” Border said.

“We just knew there was something about his kid … not many of us in the team had seen Shane bowl.

“He got 1-150 in his first Test, so you wouldn’t predict 698 more but we knew he had something special.”

When asked where Warne would rate in the history of the game, Border put him near the top of cricket’s best players.

“Bradman – it’s hard to make comparison with that guy’s record, but the next level of cricketers, Warne is right there,” Border said.

“He’s been a breath of fresh air, what he’s brought to the game is immeasurable.”

Warne’s former Victorian and Australian team-mate Damien Fleming said he was also “shocked and surprised” at the news.

Former Australian vice-captain Ian Healey, who kept wicket to Warne for seven years, said he wouldn’t: “be saying anything until he makes the announcement himself”.

“I don’t want to steal his thunder or be wrong,” Healey said.

“It’s sort of hard to believe. He’s certainly in good form, that’s for sure.”

Ian Chappell, leading batsman and Australian Test captain of the 1970s, said the timing was right for both Warne and McGrath to retire. “I’m delighted for both of them that they are calling it a day at the end of this series,” Chappell said.

“I think it’s perfect timing for a champion player … if you make a mistake it’s best to get out a little early than a little late.”

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