10 Jan 2009

Warne laughs off speculation as new England coach

8:30 am on 10 January 2009

The former Australian cricketer Shane Warne has laughed off speculation he could be England's next coach but admits he's received a tongue-in-cheek approach from former captain Kevin Pietersen.

With English cricket reeling from this week's resignation of Pietersen and the sacking of coach Peter Moores Warne is quick to distance himself from the situation.

Warne has told the British daily The Times he couldn't give a full-time position the time required to do the job properly and in any case, following a team around the world is what I have given up.

Warne says he had not taken Pietersen's approach via text message seriously and turned it down.

Warne captained Pietersen at Hampshire.