Former Australia leg spin legend Shane Warne has reportedly apologised to Australia test skipper Michael Clarke after causing speculation in the media about a potential Ashes test comeback.
"Pick me to take on the Poms," was the headline in an Australian daily after the 43-year-old told News Ltd that he had no doubt he could succeed at test level again.
Warne had said his family life came first these days but indicated he'd consider a comeback if close friend Clarke asked him, Stuff.co.nz reports.
"If your best friend says, 'Mate, I want you to seriously consider making a commitment to Australian cricket and coming back out of retirement', (to) make myself available for selection, that's a different scenario," Warne had said.
However, Warne downplayed his comments on Wednesday, the report said.
"Clarification guys and thankyou for the kind words, but... I was asked 'could' I play not 'would' I play..yes, I could..didn't say I would!" Warne said on Twitter.
"It was a hypothetical question re if Michael Clarke asked me... Read my quotes "I'm not asking Michael to ask me" Hope I didn't disappoint ! Sorry MClarke23 if you woke up to calls! See you soon buddy....," he added.
Warne, who retired from test cricket in January 2007 and has 195 Ashes wickets in 36 tests at an average of 23.25, claimed that he has a busy schedule with business commitments and charity work, the report added.