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Warne accepts coaching role

Calcutta: Spin legend Shane Warne is to take a development role with Australia's promising spin bowlers, Cricket Australia (CA) said in a statement Wednesday.

The former Test wicket record holder, who retired in January with a then record 708 Test wickets, will join the likes of Mark Taylor and Allan Border on CA’s playing conditions committee, which makes recommendations to the International Cricket Council (ICC) about the development of the game.

The leg-spinner will spend time working with all of Australia’s men’s and women’s national squads, the captains of Australia’s state sides and at the Centre of Excellence.

“I’m really excited to work with Cricket Australia and give back to the game,” Warne said in the statement.

“I’ve already had some contact with youngsters around the country but to be able to work in a structured way with spin bowlers and their captains will hopefully give teams an even greater understanding of how to develop spin bowling talent.”

Warne, whose record was surpassed by Sri Lankan off spinner Muttiah Muralidharan earlier this month, added: “I’m also excited to be working with Cricket Australia's technical committee...on playing conditions. I have got some thoughts on the game that I can bring to that group.”

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