Shane Warne on Wednesday apologised to Australia Test skipper Michael Clarke after comments about a possible dramatic return for next year’s Ashes series against England sparked a media frenzy.

“Sorry @MClarke23 if you woke up to calls. See you soon buddy,” he tweeted to the skipper, said a close friend.

The 43-year-old leg-spinner, regarded as one of the game’s great players, quit Tests in 2007 but captained the Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals for four years, winning the inaugural tournament in 2008.

Now preparing for another season in Australia’s Big Bash League with Melbourne Stars, he told News Limited newspapers that he had “absolutely no doubt” he could bowl successfully at the Test level again.

Warne said that if Clarke suggested his services were needed after the Test team’s recent bowling struggles against South Africa, he would give it some serious thought.

“If your best friend says, ‘Mate, I want you to seriously consider making a commitment to Australian cricket and coming back out of retirement’, (to) make myself available for selection, that’s a different scenario,” Warne said. — AFP

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