July 9, 2012
Legendry leg-spinner Shane Warne has agreed to play for a second year with the Melbourne Stars in this year’s Big Bash competition.
Not only will Warne feature as a player but he will also captain the side after former captain Cameron White stepped down after suffering a severe drop in form last year.
Warne, who will turn 43 in September, is expected to earn $500,000 for taking part in the competition. In 2011 Warne took 7 wickets in the tournament at an economy rate of 6.74.
Warne who was born in Melbourne has been rated by many as the best bowler to have ever played the game. He made his Test debut in 1992 and finished his career in 2007 having claimed 708 Test wickets, which has only been beaten by the Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.
The news comes as a big boost to the marketing department behind the Big Bash who know that through Warne’s appearance alone there will be a huge rise in ticket sales.
The Scoop 09/07/12