London, Dec 9: The campaign to bring back spin king Shane Warne reached its hilt on Thursday when a group of fans offered the legendary cricketer one million Australian dollars to make himself available for the remaining three Ashes Tests.
The 41-year-old, who has taken 708 Test wickets, has been consistently urged by the desperate fans across Australia to help out the Aussie team revive from the slump. Warne, however, has time and again negated any possibility of him coming out of retirement.
England team director, Andy Flower on the other hand was perplexed over the prospect of the spin wizard being intrigued out of retirement, saying, "I would think that's a joke. Shane has retired from international cricket. I've heard how much he earns and I would have thought they would have to make a bigger contribution than that," reported Daily Mail.
Meanwhile, a website – www.bringbackwarne.com – has been launched after Australia went one down in the Ashes series.