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Warne not commenting on 'non-story'

By Jim Morton 27/03/2005 07:21:57 PM Comments (0)

Shane Warne has declined to comment after being linked to a new text message controversy.

Cricket Australia (CA) also deflected the matter after a lawyer representing the leg-spinner warned a New Zealand newspaper against publishing details of alleged texts sent by Warne.

National tabloid Sunday News reported a Wellington source had this week offered to sell it a story about Warne for $30,000.

The newspaper said that before it had finished investigations it received a letter from his NZ lawyer Andrew Scott-Howman highlighting the dangers of publishing text messages without consent.

It reported the alleged texting occurred in Wellington, believed to be in January when Warne captained a World XI team in a three-match one-day series against New Zealand.

Warne, playing in the series-deciding third Test against New Zealand in Auckland, would not comment.

"Shane will not be making any comment because it is a nothing story and not worth commenting on," Warne's brother and manager, Jason, said from Melbourne.

Australian team management on Saturday night met with the world's leading wicket-taker after the first day's play at Eden Park to discuss the matter.

CA on Sunday issued a brief statement distancing itself from the issue.

"Now that Cricket Australia has had a chance to understand the allegation it is very clear that this is a private life matter for Shane Warne," a CA spokesman said.

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