Coach applauds Warne’s decision to retire
SHANE Warne’s long-time coach Terry Jenner yesterday applauded the champion legspinner’s decision to bow out at the top of his game.
Warne on Thursday announced he would end his 15-year international career in the final Ashes Test in Sydney early next month.
Jenner was hoping the King of Spin would carry on until the next Ashes series in England in 2009 but said he understood Warne’s decision.
‘‘Whilst I was really sad, I wasn’t shocked by it because in this (Ashes) series he’s worked so hard,’’ Jenner said.
Jenner has worked closely with Warne since he began coaching the young leggie at the Adelaide cricket academy in 1992, the year Warne made his Test debut.
In his retirement announcement, Warne described Jenner as his ‘Dr Phil’.
‘‘I think I was flattered when he called me Dr Phil,’’ Jenner said after revealing cricket’s all-time leading wicket-taker had suffered from the same insecurities as other mere mortals despite carrying an aura of supreme confidence throughout his stellar career.
‘‘I think this is why he was one-in-a-lifetime-type bowler — he had all the skills, but he also had a giant heart,’’ Jenner said.
‘‘He was troubled like a lot of other cricketers. When things aren’t going right, you wonder where you’re next wicket is coming from ... yet he worked through those things day in and day out.’’
Jenner, also a legspinner who played nine Tests for Australia between 1970-75, hoped Warne would be remembered as much for his resilience and competitive spirit as for spinning genius.
‘‘Shane knows the body suffered,’’ Jenner said.
‘‘He doesn’t share that. He doesn’t say ‘oh, it was hard to get out of bed today because my back was aching’etcetera. He just knows what the challenge is ahead and he lived every moment for Test cricket, playing for his country.
‘‘Right to the last minute of that match in Perth where it was he that stood up again and was counted, it was just a special moment for him.
‘‘I think at the end of that day, he probably sat down and ... was absolutely stuffed and thinking (that) sooner or later he was going to be in the position where he needs to bowl Australia to victory and doesn’t.
‘‘That’s when the people would say ‘yeah, he’s gone too long’. But he’s done it on his terms. I think that’s fantastic.’’