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Warne not interested in comeback

Mumbai: Leg spinner Shane Warne said that winning the IPL and a vacancy in the Australian team following the retirement of leg spinner Stuart MacGill were not sufficiently good enough reasons for him to contemplate a return to international cricket.

“I am happily retired and part of the Rajasthan Royals. The last six to seven weeks have been incredible and what I have achieved is special as the captain-coach of the side. But I have no interest what so ever in coming out of retirement,” Warne said on Monday.

“However, just before South Africa come down to Australia the next time I might consider coming out of retirement,” he said in a lighter vein with Rajasthan teammate and South African captain Graeme Smith seated next to him.

The leg-spinner has taken 708 wickets in Tests and 293 in ODIs. He finished the second highest wicket taker in the IPL with 19 wickets.

Rating the IPL win as one of the best of his career, Warne said among the biggest challenge was bringing players from different schools of thought and cultures together.

“For me what was impressive was we had cultures of South Africa, England, Pakistan, India and Australia and all players had played at different levels of cricket and to get them all together was not an easy feat,” he said.

The tournament with its hectic schedule had taken its toll on the players and a window for IPL should be created in the cricketing calender to allow players some rest before returning to international duty, Smith said.

“The schedule has been a topic of discussion for some time now and it does take its toll. A window for the IPL is needed to allow recovery ahead of international cricket,” he said.