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Warne: we will be No. 1 soon

UPDATED 04 January, 2013 3:15PM AEST | by CATV

Shane Warne has said he expects the Australian cricket team to be reclaim the number one Test ranking within the next 18 months.

"I think over the next 12-18 months we're going to see Australia surge back to the number one team in the world."

"I'm excited, and I think everyone is, watching the Australian cricket team play under Michael Clarke."

Warne said the current crop of young bowlers were the key to Australia's success in all forms of the game.

"I think we've got an exciting bunch of young players, playing for Australia and in the  domestic competition this year," he said.

"There's a lot of bowlers around and you need bowlers to take 20 wickets."

He singled out Western Australia all-rounder Mitch Marsh as an exciting future prospect.

"I think if we don't rush him we are patient with him, encourage him and let his body develop and get a bit more experience, then I think he's going to be a superstar of cricket.

In the batting line-up, Warne said he was pleased to see David Warner adapt to Test cricket.

"It was great to see him playing Test cricket this year. I've always said I thought he could play all forms of the game."

Warne said Michael Clarke's leadership was also responsible for the team's resurgence. 

"I think Michael Clarke's leadership has been fantastic," he said.

Clarke has long been a friend and confidant of the leg-spinner and Warne said he is happy to help the new skipper whenever he can.

"He is one of my closest friends but I'm not biased, I give him a pretty hard time," he said"

I ride him hard and try and help him where I can."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 26 February, 2012 1:56PM AEST

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