Shane Warne has denied reports he's been scratched from the chance to be Australia's caretaker Twenty20 coach early next year.
Cricket Australia has confirmed they will need a fill-in coach for the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka in February, when regular head coach Darren Lehmann and his assistants will be in India with the Test side.
Recently retired champions Ryan Harris and Brad Haddin will travel to New Zealand in late January 2017 for the Chappell-Hadlee series to assist Lehmann while full-time assistants David Saker and Graeme Hick head to India early to begin preparation for the four-Test series.
Both Harris and Haddin already have experience in the coaching pathway since stepping away from international cricket last year, while the likes of Brad Hodge and Mike Hussey have also held roles as part of CA's coaching pathway.
Quick Single: Warne puts his hand up for T20 coaching gig
Warne denied reports he had been ruled out of the role because he hasn't completed a coaching pathway program and said he'd be happy to be involved if asked.
"All I'm doing is putting my hand up, I'm happy to help, if they don't want my help or don't need it then that's ok," he said.
"But I just don't want to be one of those guys who stands back and says 'We need to be doing this or we need to be doing that'.
"I'll always offer my opinion, I'll always try and help out where I can.
"I've had some interesting feedback ... they've said 'We're considering you, thanks very much for putting your hand up. There is a system in place for coaches so we'll weigh all that up and get back to you'."
Warne said he'd be open to completing a coaching qualification if required but also doubted he'd find the time to do so before February.
Even if he does get the nod to take the reins, Australia's leading Test wicket-taker doesn't believe it will be the start of a coaching career.
"There are a lot of other things that I'm not saying are more or less important but if I was to coach full-time then my life would actually have to change," he said citing family, commentary, poker and charity commitments.
"There would be some things I have to sacrifice, so I'm not sure about that.
"I haven't thought any further down the track about coaching."
Warne captain-coached defunct Indian Premier League team Rajasthan Royals to the title in 2008 and was brought in as a consultant for the T20 leg of the 2014 tour of South Africa that preceded the World T20 tournament in Bangladesh.
A Cricket Australia spokesperson said the coaching options were being assessed.
"We are speaking to a number of people about the prospect of coaching the T20 international side during Sri Lanka Series due to Darren Lehmann and David Saker being in India. At this stage no decision has been made."
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