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Warne baits Sth Africans ahead of Test

By Roger Vaughan 11/12/2005 07:28:46 PM Comments (0)

Test star Shane Warne further stirred the pot ahead of the series against South Africa, on Sunday saying the tourists should worry more about themselves than the Australian side.

The leg-spinner also sarcastically remarked that the South Africans might well need the sports psychologist being flown out from their country to work with the team.

Warne declared himself fit for the first Test in Perth, starting this Friday, after a 12-day break because of back soreness.

The lead-up to the series has been marked by plenty of barbed comments between the two teams in the media.

"Yeah, I'm looking forward to Friday - as usual, the South Africans have had a bit too much to say, they should worry about their own backyard, get (it) in order first," Warne said.

When told about the psychologist, Warne replied: "They might need one by the time we've finished with them."

Warne captained Victoria to an emphatic six-wicket win over Queensland in Sunday's Junction Oval one-dayer, taking 1-39 from 10 overs.

While he still has some stiffness in his back, Warne said there was no need for scans.

"The first few overs, I was a little bit rusty, I bowled a short one and a couple of 'fullies', which I wasn't that happy with," he said.

"But after that I thought I bowled pretty well.

"I feel pretty good, I've done a lot of yoga, I've done stretching, I've done pool and all the strengthening for my back.

"It's still a bit stiff, hopefully it will loosen up with another three or four more days of treatment.

"It's an ongoing thing I suppose at 36. I've bowled a few balls over 15 years - I'm going to have to put up with some sort of soreness."

Warne is under no illusion about his role on the pace-friendly WACA wicket, saying he would be called upon more to break partnerships than as a front-line strike bowler.

"You know when you go there that you're not going to take a big haul of wickets," he said.

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