Australian spin legend Shane Warne has put an end to speculation about him trying to get German citizenship, saying that he would always remain an Australian.
"I am Australian, as simple as that, and I always will be. I'm not going to be Adolf Warne or anything like that - I'll always be Shane Warne.
"This thing has got a bit out of hand. Just calm down a little bit," said Warne after unsuccessfully leading Hampshire in the Provident Trophy final against Durham.
Warne had earlier said that he was trying to know whether he qualified for a German passport so that he could play for Hampshire as a non-overseas player.
County teams currently can have two overseas players, but it will be reduced to one from next season.
Cricketers having a European Union passport cannot be considered as overseas players and Warne qualifies for this since his mother was born in Germany.
The news, however, created ripples in Warne's homeland and Australian Prime Minister John Howard went on to say: "What people do with their citizenship in the end is their own business but, along with most Australians, I would be amazed."