13 Dec 2010

Suggestions of Warne coming out of retirement fanciful: CA boss

6:20 pm on 13 December 2010

Talk of Shane Warne coming out of retirement to rescue Australia's stumbling Ashes campaign is fanciful, says Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland.

Australia's innings loss to England in Adelaide last week has sparked calls for the recall of the retired 41-year-old spin bowling great.

Sutherland, however, says octagenarian television commentator Richie Benaud, who last bowled in a test more than 45 years ago, is jsut as likely to play as Warne.

Sutherland says Cricket Australia hasn't spoken to Warne him about playing and he's unaware of the selectors having done so.

A group of Queensland businessmen have reportedly offered Warne a million dollars to make himself available for the rest of the Ashes.

Warne has described the calls for his return as flattering.