This week, ahead of this weekend’s Big Bash T20 launch in which he’s playing for the Melbourne Stars, Warne said he he would come out of retirement if best mate Clarke asked him to.

He also said he’d be well up to playing international cricket, even at 43, but later clarified that he “could” take on England in next year’s Ashes, not that he “would” play.

Then, Clarke, speaking at a charity dinner in Sydney for The Loyal Foundation, Clarke suggested the case had been more than a hypothetical in his mind.

He joked, asking that “there are no media in the room”, before waxing lyrical about his mate.

“Warnie is looking great and he is the fittest I have ever seen him,” Clarke is quoted in the Daily Telegraph.

“From the day he retired I’ve been trying to get him back in the team. I’ve asked him to come out of retirement a number of times.

“But there is a process that comes with coming out of retirement and he wouldn’t be able to come out of retirement and walk straight back into the Australian team. He’d have to go and play some state games for Victoria.”

Warne said he would have the time or the energy to start from the bottom and work his way back up and that he’ll stick with bowling four overs a game for $500,000 a tournament. Fair enough.

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