Warne to make MCG comeback
Nov 08, 2011
Shane Warne will play for the Melbourne Stars in the Twenty20 Big Bash League next month, including four matches at the MCG, scene of his 700th Test wicket and Test hat-trick.
The greatest spin bowler in the history of the game will come out of retirement, signing to play with the Melbourne Stars for all seven games of the 2011/12 season.
The man who terrorised batsmen with zooters, wrong-uns, flippers and sliders, returns to the home of cricket for his first competitive match at the ground since his retirement from Test cricket.
Named as one of Wisden’s five greatest cricket players in history, Warne’s experience and knowledge will have immeasurable effects on his younger teammates, while his mere presence should boost crowds well beyond initial expectations.
“I’m really excited about playing competitively again and delighted to be joining the Melbourne Stars,” Warne said.
“I’m back in training next week turning my arm over.”
“Shane Warne’s signing to the Melbourne Stars is one of the biggest announcements in the history of sport in this country," said Stars president Eddie McGuire.
"To have the greatest player in modern time, the greatest showman and the biggest personality back on the MCG four years after saying goodbye to Test cricket, is an enormous boost for the Big Bash League."
The Melbourne Stars opening match against the Sydney Thunder on December 17 at the MCG now looms as the biggest match of the summer.
The Saturday night fixture will not only be Warne’s comeback at the MCG, but he’ll join teammates Cameron White, David Hussey and Peter Siddle as they face off against David Warner, Chris Gayle and Doug Bollinger.
Public tickets to Big Bash League matches at the MCG will go on sale on Monday November 21 at 9.00am through Ticketek.