Warne likely to be fit for Big Bash opener

Updated: Dec 15, 2011, 12:33 PM IST

Melbourne: A burnt hand notwithstanding, Shane Warne is likely to return to cricket with this weekend`s Big Bash Twenty20 tournament after managing to convince his team management about his fitness with just a 15-minute practice session.

The 42-year-old leg-spinner was in doubt for the Melbourne Stars` opener against Sydney Thunder on Saturday after burning his bowling hand while cooking.

But he raised hopes of being fit for the match after a net session overseen by Stars coach Greg Shipperd.

"He had 15 minutes in the middle, bowled 30 to 40 balls and he felt fine. But let`s see how his fingers [cope with that workload], what reaction we have from that," Shipperd was quoted as saying by the newspapers.

"Certainly before I`d seen him bowl there was concern, but that`s lessened significantly after seeing him go through today. But I`m not his hand, I`m not the nerve endings that are dealing with whatever he is dealing with," he added.

Shipperd said he would still leave it on Warne to take the final call.

"He`s got an uncanny ability to know where they`re going, drop them on a length. It`s practice, not match scenario, but if anyone`s mind can handle the challenges of the game (with an interrupted preparation) he`s as well equipped as anyone," he said.

Warne had retired from cricket after this year`s IPL but decided to return as he wanted his son to see him at work.

PTI