Magellan Ashes 2017-18

Warne responds to coaching query

The King of Spin says he would consider the top job if the timing is right

Sam Ferris

26 December 2017, 01:55 PM AEST

Test legend Shane Warne has not ruled out the possibility of becoming Darren Lehmann's successor as Australia coach once the position becomes available in 2019.

Lehmann reaffirmed in the lead-up to the Boxing Day Test he would not seek a contract extension once his current deal expires after the 2019 World Cup and Ashes series in the United Kingdom.

Warne, Australia's greatest wicket-taker, has acted as a coaching consultant and mentor at various stages since his Test retirement in 2007 – most notably for Australia in 2014 ahead of the World T20 in Bangladesh – and says he would consider answering the call should one come his way once Lehmann walks away.

"I've always been open to (coaching) any country, but obviously I would love to coach Australia – not coach Australia but be part of the Australian set-up if they needed it," Warne said on Wide World of Sports. 

"We've got so many good coaches around, so many good batting coaches, bowling coaches and people on offer. 

"So, if the opportunity ever arose yeah, look, maybe interested, for sure. 

"It just all depends on the time.

"If Boof (Lehmann) has had enough, maybe he'll say 'Do you want to have a go', I'll have a crack."

Contenders for Lehmann's post include current assistant coach David Saker and Western Australia head coach Justin Langer, each of whom have filled in for Lehmann when he has taken limited-overs tours off to rest. 

For Warne to enter the race, he would have to juggle his extensive commentary duties around the world, commercial endorsements and the time he spends with his family, the latter being one of the main reasons why he retired after 145 Tests at the end of the 2006-07 series.

"After doing it (playing cricket for Australia) for the best part of 20 years I wasn't enjoying it as much as I used to," Warne said when asked why he retired.

"Body started to hurt a bit. 

"In retrospect, I went on to play four years of IPL, two years of Big Bash and bowled pretty well, so I probably could've played for a few more years. 

"But the travel away from home and I also wanted to spend more time with my kids, they were getting older and older. 

"So, a combination of many factors but mainly being at home with my kids and my body."

2017-18 International Fixtures

Magellan Ashes Series

Australia Test squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird.

England Test squad: Joe Root (c), James Anderson (vc), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Tom Curran, Ben Foakes, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Chris Woakes.

First Test Australia won by 10 wickets. Scorecard

Second Test Australia won by 120 runs (Day-Night). Scorecard

Third Test Australia won by an innings and 41 runs. Scorecard

Fourth Test MCG, December 26-30. Tickets

Fifth Test SCG, January 4-8 (Pink Test). Tickets

Gillette ODI Series v England

First ODI MCG, January 14. Tickets

Second ODI Gabba, January 19. Tickets

Third ODI SCG, January 21. Tickets

Fourth ODI Adelaide Oval, January 26. Tickets

Fifth ODI Perth Stadium, January 28. Tickets

Prime Minister's XI

PM's XI v England Manuka Oval, February 2. Tickets

Gillette T20 trans-Tasman Tri-Series

First T20I Australia v NZ, SCG, February 3. Tickets

Second T20I – Australia v England, Blundstone Arena, February 7. Tickets

Third T20I – Australia v England, MCG, February 10. Tickets

Fourth T20I – NZ v England, Wellington, February 14

Fifth T20I – NZ v Australia, Eden Park, February 16

Sixth T20I – NZ v England, Seddon Park, February 18

Final – TBC, Eden Park, February 21

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