Aussie PM ‘amazed’ at Warne decision to switch allegiance

Australian Prime Minister John Howard says he will be "amazed" if Shane Warne opted to become a German citizen in order to play cricket in England.
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Updated on Aug 19, 2007 09:33 PM IST
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Agencies | By HT Correspondent, Sydney

Australian Prime Minister John Howard says he will be "amazed" if Shane Warne opted to become a German citizen in order to play cricket in England.

"I would be amazed if Shane ended up doing that — amazed. So would a lot of Australians," he told reporters. "What people do with their citizenship in the end is their own business, but I think along with most Australians I'd be amazed." The 37-year-old leg-spinning great plays for Hampshire. English county sides are currently allowed two overseas players, but that will be reduced to one next summer. Players holding European Union passports do not count towards quota.

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"I'm fit and refreshed and felt I could have gone flat-out a month ago, but I've had to be patient," Lee told The Sunday Telegraph. “As each session has gone on I've got quicker and quicker. I'm back to bowling where I finished up before the injury" he said.

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