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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 16 November 2018

Former Australia spinner Shane Warne has 'plenty to offer' at MCC

Warne replaces fellow Australian Rod Marsh, who stepped down after serving on MCC's World Cricket Committee since 2012

Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne is Test cricket's second-most prolific wicket-taker. AFP
Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne is Test cricket's second-most prolific wicket-taker. AFP

Australian spin great Shane Warne said he had "plenty to offer" as he was appointed to the MCC's influential World Cricket committee, which suggests changes to the game's laws.

Warne, 49, replaces fellow Australian Rod Marsh, who stepped down after serving on the committee since 2012.

"It is an honour to have been asked to be a member of the MCC World Cricket committee," Warne said in a statement.

"It is an extremely exciting time for cricket and I hope that I will have plenty to offer in discussion and debate. I look forward to contributing to the work of the committee."

Warne has gained a reputation for his robust views. This week, he said Australia's Test team needed a "kick up the backside" after their series defeat to Pakistan.

As a player, he was the first bowler to reach 700 Test wickets and his final tally of 708, in 145 Tests from 1992 to 2007, is second on the all-time list.

Committee chairman Mike Gatting, flummoxed by Warne's famous 'ball of the century' during the 1993 Ashes series, said he was delighted to have the Australian on board.

"Obviously his profile in the world game is as big as they come and with his extensive experience, I am sure he will offer great insights into many different facets of the game," Gatting said.

Recommendations of the committee, which meets twice a year, have resulted in innovations including day/night Test cricket and limiting the size of bats.

At its last meeting in August, the committee raised the idea of using a "shot clock" to speed up play.

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