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Warne wants to set up academy in England

Responding positively to Duncan Fletcher's call of helping English cricket, Warne expresses desire to set up a cricket academy for kids in England.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2007 20:16 IST

England's future spinners can learn about Shane Warne's bag of tricks that baffled their batsmen for more than a decade as the master leg-spinner wants to set up a cricket academy in the country.

Responding positively to Duncan Fletcher's call of helping English cricket, Warne has expressed his desire to set up a academy for kids in England.

"It was interesting to read Duncan Fletcher say in our papers that he thinks I can offer assistance to England. That was very kind of him, especially after he said a few weeks ago that his batsmen were on top of my bowling," Warne wrote in his column in The Times.

"Actually, one idea I have is for a Shane Warne Cricket Academy for kids in England. I don't know how it may work or how feasible it would be. Whatever I do, I want to do it properly," Warne said.

"Beyond that, I also want to make sure that cricket stays healthy worldwide. So I would not have any problem with helping in England, New Zealand, South Africa or anywhere else. We live on a small planet these days," he wrote.

Warne, however, said that Australian cricket is his priority and his manager is in touch with officials on what role he can play to help his team.

"Australian cricket is my priority. I want the team to stay No 1 in the world and to help the sport to remain No. 1 in the country," he said.

Warne said that Mony Panesar sought his advice after the fifth Test. "I had a long chat with Monty Panesar in our dressing room when the fifth Test finished on Friday. He wanted to ask a few questions about spin bowling. We spoke for 30 minutes or so together and he went away with a few new ideas," he said.