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Warne comeback talk gains momentum

Shane Warne has been the focus of a campaign which is trying to encourage the leg-spinner back to Test cricket.
Shane Warne has been the focus of a campaign which is trying to encourage the leg-spinner back to Test cricket.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Leg-spinner plays down talk of a comeback to Test cricket after campaign launched in Australia
  • Warne said campaign was "very flattering" but suggested Australia should pick Michael Beer
  • Warne retired from Test cricket in 2007 have claimed 708 victims
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(CNN) -- Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has described calls for him make a return to Test cricket as "very flattering."

An online campaign -- www.bringbackwarne.com -- to coax the record-breaking bowler out of retirement was launched on Tuesday by cricket fans in the state of Queensland.

It comes after Australia lost the second Ashes Test in Adelaide by an innings and 71 runs -- their heaviest defeat to England for 24 years -- to go 1-0 down in the five match series.

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The creators of the website are hoping that Warne will be enticed by a financial incentive. So far, donations total nearly 4000 Australian dollars.

Writing in his column for the UK's Daily Telegraph newspaper Warne wrote: "There has been a bit written in Australia and people have been asking me about making a comeback. All I can say is that it is very flattering to hear those words."

But he went to say that his former team should consider bringing in left-arm orthodox spinner Michael Beer who took five England wickets in their opening tour match against Western Australia in November.

Warne, who arrived in the UK on Wednesday for TV promotional duties, also responded on his Twitter account saying: "Just landed in London it's freezing and was welcomed by press and photographers asking am I making a comeback ? What have I missed ???"

The 41-year-old retired from Test cricket in 2007 after helping Australia thrash England 5-0 on their last Ashes visit and finish a glittering career with 708 wickets.

But he has continued to play the shorter Twenty20 format, as coach and captain of the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.

The third Ashes Test match begins in Perth, Western Australia on December 16.