Australian cricket legend Shane Warne, 41, continues to tease journalists about whether he’d step up to the bowling crease for a miraculous Ashes comeback.

While a return is highly unlikely, Ware continues to play cat and mouse with the media, continually feeding them his ‘never say never’ call.

However, Warne is more forthcoming about who his country’s best spinner is. He says Nathan Hauritz  deserves to keep his place in the Test team when selectors reduce their squad this week.

”I think Nathan’s got the edge, I think Nathan’s the No.1 spinner,” Warne said. ”I think he deserves that first chance and if he falls over or doesn’t do as well as he would’ve liked I’m sure Xavier Doherty, if he keeps putting in those good performances for Tasmania, will push Hauritz for a spot. [It’s the] same with Steve Smith.”

Hauritz collected 29 wickets in six Tests last summer, albeit against moderate opposition, and boasts an average of fewer than 30 on home soil. Warne said he not want to see the off-spinner in an attacking, rather than a containing, role.

Meanwhile, old England Ashes legend Ian “beefy Botham, was having none of Warne’s games.

“Warney has come and gone, like Glenn McGrath – they’re both history. Great players but they’ve finished,” he told The Su.

Beefy continued by talking up the England team.

“I think it’s England’s to lose. They are the side in form at the moment and I expect them to do very well. “There’s a lot of pressure on Australia and they’re under the cosh a bit.

“England have prepared properly this time so I expect them to win – and win by a couple of Tests”