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Get Warnie back. ASAP. The bloke can win us the Ashes on his own mate. He doesn't even need to be fit- carry on with the chips, just get him back bowling. NOW.

Re Malik. Some transcript from the 4 Corners doco in 2000 on match fixing. No wonder Salim finally got off:

LIZ JACKSON: The players who were banned for life were former fast bowler Ata-ur-Rehman and the now-notorious former Pakistani captain, Salim Malik.

Salim Malik is seen here offering to fix the Asia Cup match that we saw for the modest sum of £100,000.

MAN SPEAKING ON 'NEWS OF THE WORLD' TAPE, (TRANSLATION): How does this match-fixing work?

How many players do you have?

12?

LIZ JACKSON: This tape was secretly recorded three months ago by the British scandal sheet 'News of the World'.

Their reporter posed as a businessman looking for easy money.

Salim Malik explains that you only need five or six players to be in on the scam.

MAN ON 'NEWS OF THE WORLD' TAPE, (TRANSLATION): Will six players agree to such a scam?

SALIM MALIK ON 'NEWS OF THE WORLD' TAPE, (TRANSLATION): They'll agree.

They all played with me and we've sat together and done it before.

We know who's up for it.

LIZ JACKSON: Salim Malik still denies that he is a match-fixer.

One of the things that makes it difficult when you deny that you've had involvement personally in match-fixing are the 'News of the World' tapes because we see you there on television saying, "It will be very easy for me to fix a match.

The players will agree.

We've all sat together and done it before."

We've seen you say that.

SALIM MALIK, FMR CAPTAIN, PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM: I didn't say anything.

LIZ JACKSON: But there's film.

Is it you on the film?

SALIM MALIK: No.

LIZ JACKSON: It's not you.

SALIM MALIK: (Speaks Urdu) They made that film.

LIZ JACKSON: But it's -- what?

- an actor?

Not you?

SALIM MALIK: I don't know who's there.

LIZ JACKSON: It looks like you.

SALIM MALIK: It looks like me, but it's not me.

LIZ JACKSON: It sounds like you.

SALIM MALIK, (TRANSLATION): They can -- it's the computers.

This is the computer age -- they can do anything.

The mere thought of Warne making a dramatic comeback next summer brings all of us over here out in a cold sweat. Heck, the guy will have to be in his grave before we can really breathe easily.

Wait for Sky to unveil him as one of their commentators for the summer as part one of the plan, then for the questions to start around the start of the Edgbaston test.

Love to know the true story behind those two clowns and John the bookie.

...Given the pack of lies trotted out for Joe the cameraman. Heh heh.

Fascinating that Conn sees the team as being unified when they are having public spats, and disunified when everything is done behind closed doors. His main point would be irrelevant for any Warne comeback anyway. There is only one incentive that could induce Warne to return, and that is the captaincy.

And that won't happen.

Warne will content himself outside the game, earning plenty and having his reputation bolstered with every performance of his successors and former teammates.

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