Warne warns Murali

Champion Australian bowler Shane Warne had said that Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan needs to be prepared to face a barrage of mocking and possible abuse from the Australian crowds during the VB Series.

But the leg-spinner says that Murali should take it as a compliment and enjoy his cricket, rather than let it faze him.

Warne believes that the crowd's reaction to the off-spinner is a sign of the fear they have for him as an opposition bowler, and it is merely an attempt to act as a deterrent to his performance.

"If Murali comes here he's going to get a hard time from the crowds," Warne told ABC Sport.
"But still I think that's a sign of respect for him. If they're having a go at him and stuff like that, that means they're worried about him in the crowd, so they want to try and put him off.

"I think he should just get on with it, play, enjoy Australia and enjoy the challenge."

Murali boycotted his country's last tour of Australia because of constant "no-ball" chants by the crowds in reference to the scrutiny he has received for his unusual bowling action.

Meanwhile, Warne has indicated that his appearance in one-day internationals may not be over forever, hinting that a return for next year's World Cup would depend on the selectors and the time he has to contemplate the possibility.

Warne retired from the international limited overs game in 2003 but is believed to have discussed a comeback with Australia's chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns.

Test cricket's highest wicket taker said that while he is currently retired from the one-day format of the game, he would not rule out playing in the World Cup in the West Indies.

"You never say never, and it's not for another eight or nine months that I have to make a decision on whether I'm going to make myself available," Warne said.

"If they don't pick me they don't pick me."

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