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Warne can't wait for Test comeback

By Adam Cooper 20/02/2004 06:59:56 PM Comments (0)

Shane Warne wants his return to Test cricket to be spiced up by sledging over his one-year drug ban.

"I hope so, I'd be disappointed if there wasn't," said Warne, selected in the 15-man Australian squad for the coming series against Sri Lanka just 11 days after his ban ended.

"That's part of the game I really enjoy, I'm sure there might be the odd word here or there which will make me enjoy it more, make me feel a part of it again and I'm sure I'll give as good as I get."

Warne, chosen alongside fellow leg-spinner Stuart MacGill, was proud to have overcome the most trying year of his life and return to form almost instantly, having shone in his three comeback matches.

"The things that have happened over the last 12 months, I think it would have been pretty easy to throw in a lot of things," he said.

"But at the moment I've worked pretty hard both physically and from a bowling point of view.

"To bowl the way I did in the last Pura Cup game against Tasmania (he took 6-100 for the match), to be at that stage within a week, I didn't expect to be where I was now bowling as well as I am now, in only a week of playing."

Back as the centre of attention, Warne wasted no time firing off a verbal barb at former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga, who this week said his old side were not as fearful of the master spinner.

"Arjuna, he's probably slotting himself around at 150 kilos at the moment, is he?" Warne said.

"Swallowed a sheep or something like that.

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