Warne was never considered for Perth Ashes Test: Chappell

Updated: Dec 13, 2010, 23:57 PM IST

Sydney: Australian selector Greg Chappell has said that leg-spin legend Shane Warne was never considered for third Ashes Test against England, starting in Perth on Thursday.

Speculation that Australia’s all-time leading wicket taker could return to Test cricket had intensified after England won the Adelaide Test by an innings-and-71-runs to go 1-0 up in the five-match series.

“Warne’s been a great bowler (but) he’s 41 years of age, or near enough to 41,” a newspaper quoted Chappell, as saying.

“I’m sure he could still land a few, but I don’t know that that’s going to take Australian cricket forward. We haven’t really given a lot of thought about it other than that,” he added.

Warne has not ruled out the idea of a return, and has stated that the calls for him to come back are “very flattering”.