Warne Relishes New Role

Shane Warne is looking forward to helping Australia prepare for the World Twenty20 tournament after being appointed the country’s spin coach.

The 44-year-old will work with Australia’s regular spinners, Nathan Lyon and Xavier Doherty, as well as part-time bowler, Steve Smith, during the tour to South Africa and before the T20 tournament, which is being held in Bangladesh.

Warne said: “I’m excited to be working with Australia’s spinners in South Africa. I’m looking forward to helping them with some intense bowling preparation ahead of the World Twenty 20, where we’ll specifically work on tactics and mindset.”

George Bailey, who has been declared fit for the fourth ODI against England in Perth, according to Bet365’s Australia cricket betting page, captains the T20 side.

Bailey has been struggling with a hip injury but has been given the all-clear to play in the match, as the Baggy Greens attempt to make it ten wins in a row against England. He said of his chances of playing in the match: “I’m 100 per cent good to go.”

The Aussies will be without a number of senior players, including Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Shane Watson, and David Warner, who are all being rested with the one-day series having already been won.

Australia have won all three ODI matches after surprising people who bet on cricket to reclaim The Ashes with a 5-0 series whitewash, but Bailey is determined to pile the misery on the hapless tourists.

He said: “It’s probably England’s best chance of a win. But having said that, I reckon our team is still pretty good. I’m not that fussed about what England think or how they’re going.

“If we win this one, it will be ten straight wins against England. That equals a record. It’s been a hell of a summer and we won’t be coming in nonchalant or complacent about what’s ahead of us.”

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