| WARNE: ‘All I worry about is my next game’
Sydney: Putting to rest speculations about the number of diuretic pills he had consumed before being banned, disgraced spinner Shane Warne Tuesday admitted that he had taken a similar tablet in early December before sustaining the shoulder injury.
Speaking on a television channel, Warne said he was given the pill by his mother Brigitte to get rid of an alchohol-induced double chin.
“I was (drug) tested on December 12 which was negative. This was before the injury — I was injured on the 15th. It has since come up at the hearing that there were small traces of the same ingredients that I was tested positive for in January.
“I admitted to the hearing that I had taken a tablet in early December. I was doing a lot of wine promotions. I’d had a couple too many bottles of wine and had a few late nights.
“I took a fluid tablet then — that was the first time she (Brigitte) gave it to me. It was to get rid of a double chin,” said Warne, who is serving a 12-month ban after testing positive for diuretic.
“I’d just come back from Tasmania where I’d played a one-day game. I was disappointed because we’d lost the game and we were out of the one-day competition. And I’d had a couple too many and came home and I took a fluid tablet then.”
The leg-spinner also regretted for not paying any heed to Australian Sports Drugs Agency (ASDA) briefing on banned substances but added that he never took the tablet to mask anything.
“No I didn’t — the same as when I was at school and I never paid any attention. Whether you hate me or like me the facts of the matter are that I don’t read much. I don’t take a lot of interest in the outside world. I just play cricket and all I worry about is my next game.
“The December 12 test showed small traces of the same thing. That was before my operation — that proves I didn’t take the fluid tablet to mask anything.”
Warne, with 491 Test wickets to his credit, vehemently denied having ever taken any performance-enhancing drugs.
“I’ve never needed to, I never have and I never will take them. One side of me says ‘get out there, appeal and get less penalty because it’s not fair’.
“Another side of me says, “I’m a human being, I want to get on with my life, cop the penalty and just get on with it. I don’t want to rush into a decision ... Whether I just go away for 12 months, I just don’t know at this stage. I don’t want to be rushed into anything until it’s clear what I want to do.”
The 12-month ban would cost him around “$ 3 million (Aus) and cost me time. That’s been very tough for my family. It’s been the toughest two weeks of my life.”