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Warne raring to play again

By Bernie McGuire 01/10/2003 09:35:31 PM Comments (0)

Shane Warne will resume his first class cricket career a day after ending a twelve-month ban from the game.

Warne will join the Victorian Bushrangers for their February 11 Pura Cup match against the Queensland Bulls in Melbourne.

The Australian spin great was suspended by the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) earlier this year for taking a banned diuretic.

Warne was in Scotland last week competing in the pro-am Dunhill Links Championship where he confirmed his return to cricket and where he also revealed, as a result of a rigorous training program, that he'd shed 13 kilograms to tilt the scales at 82 kg.

Aside from the Pura Cup, Warne will be fighting to regain his place in the Australian side and will be taking up the captaincy of English county side, Hampshire.

He was all set last April to replace Robin Smith at the helm of Hampshire but due to his ban, Warne had to step aside.

But he has reassured the English County Club he will be at Canterbury at the end of April to accept the 2004 captaincy role.

Director of Cricket at Hampshire Tim Teremlett confirmed Warne's presence next year at the club.

"Shane has made a couple of social visits to the club in recent weeks and he was also present at a barbecue the club conducted," said Teremlett.

"It was a great opportunity for Shane to meet everyone again three years after playing with Hampshire.

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