Thursday, December 21, 2006

Melbourne (mellow) drama

Last night, a reporter cousin and I were drinking with some locals. Word spread that Shane Warne was going to announce his retirement. A quick phone call to Cricket Australia put the story to bed: nothing in it.

This morning, the world's media crashed the MCG for the final Test chapter in Warnie's legendary and entertaining career. I've written an online piece for Cricket World Magazine on today's events, which you can read here.

It was clearly the Warne way to quit at the top. He also stated his intentions on getting his home life back on track, and one thing that struck me was the fact that if he intends on doing so why is he playing for Hampshire for the next two years?

The England team's media managament have also jumped on today's news and decided it was probably a good time to bury semi-bad news as they say, with Steve Harmison announcing his retirement from the one-day game.

Anyway, what can Warnie achieve in his two more years with Hampshire? Will he be a good commentator? Feed your comments...