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Aussies make plans to counter Warne woes

By Adam Cooper 26/06/2005 07:24:38 PM Comments (0)

Australia's cricket team has already begun planning for potential fallout from Shane Warne's marriage breakdown to avoid distracting the team from seeking a ninth-straight Ashes series victory over England.

Shane and Simone Warne announced they would separate after almost 10 years of marriage, amid the latest sex scandal to have dogged Test cricket's leading wicket-taker.

Warne's whereabouts are currently unknown, but he was in England last week when he spoke to coach John Buchanan.

The pair discussed Warne's marriage and whether this latest drama would impinge on his preparations for the Ashes.

"I talked to him before this had happened and that was an issue of discussion and, as he rightly pointed out, he's faced this a number of times before," Buchanan said.

"Not this particular issue but obviously there have been issues in his life beforehand.

"From a playing sense one of the things he has done very well and certainly it's pretty common across all the players, that there are other things going on in their lives but they're able to - for wont of a better word - separate that from their cricketing lives and get on with what they do best, and Shane's no exception to that."

Warne will join Australia's Test squad on July 11 and Buchanan said he would consider granting the 35-year-old compassionate leave if he needed it.

"Certainly in my mind family comes before anything and if Warney had personal family reasons that dictated he needed some extra time, I'd certainly give it some extra consideration," Buchanan said.

"He's still going to be looking forward to playing in the Test match series, albeit that there'll be a change in his personal life but that's something he and Simone and his family will deal with."

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