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'Fitter' Warne can play Test cricket for another three years: Sports science expert

December 15, 2011 - Sydney

Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne, who will come out of retirement to play for the Twenty20 Big Bash League, can easily play Test cricket for at least another three years, a sports science expert has said.

The University of Sydney's Dr. Rene Ferdinands says that Warne has got a bit fitter and can now bowl at least as well as he did when he was playing at his peak.

"He really didn't have a drop in performance when he retired, he decided to retire perhaps for other reasons other than form, and so he could have been still playing to this age," Fox Sports quoted Dr. Ferdinands, as saying.

"And just looking at him, I think he could even come back quite successfully now and still play Test cricket for at least another three years," she added.

In his prime, Warne weighed between 84kg and 92kg. Now, he tips the scales at an impressive 78kg - only three kilograms off his stated goal of 75kg.

Warne had earlier retired from all forms of cricket in May following the end of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The 42-year-old's team, the Melbourne Stars, will play Sydney Thunder at the MCG as part of the opening weekend of the Twenty20 Big Bash League on Saturday.


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