Pietersen's offer was a joke: Warne
Australian spin legend Shane Warne said he is not interested in any full-time job and the offer he received from Kevin Pietersen to take over as the new England coach was actually a joke.cricket Updated: Jan 09, 2009 13:02 IST
Australian spin legend Shane Warne said he is not interested in any full-time job and the offer he received from Kevin Pietersen to take over as the new England coach was actually a joke.
The retired leggie, who was Pietersen's captain at Hampshire, threw his weight behind the England batsman who resigned from the captain's post following a fallout with coach Peter Moores, who was sacked after the feud.
Reacting to media reports saying that Pietersen had sounded him out for the job after the fallout with Moores, Warne said it was a joke and he was not in game for any full-time job.
"Yes, KP dipped his toe in the water jokingly, but usually the names put forward come from a mix of informed speculation and sheer guesswork. According to some reports, I am in the frame to follow Peter Moores. This is a good opportunity to set the record straight.
"At this stage, I have a full book. I have enjoyed coaching and managing the Rajasthan Royals, but that is for a couple of months a year. I could not give a full-time position the time required to do the job properly. In any case, following a team around the world is what I have given up. If that is what I wanted, I would still be a player," Warne wrote in his column for 'The Times'.
But in case the offer was too good, Warne added, he might consider it.
"But - and we all have this 'but' in life - if an offer comes that sounds too good to be true, I would have to stop and think," added the Australian.
Warne believes England do need an Australian for the job and the ideal candidate was not him but Darren Lehmann.