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Joe Root Persuaded Shane Warne To Coach England, Reveals Darren Gough

Written by Toshi Pawar

Cricket fans across the world were shocked when they got to know that Shane Warne, the talismanic spinner, had died due to a heart attack in Thailand on March 5. Now in the latest developments, former England cricketer Darren Gough has revealed that Shane Warne was asked by English skipper Joe Root to work with the England Test side. The conversation had happened before England were thrashed by Australia during the 2021-22 Ashes series.

“Joe Root, he tried to persuade Warnie to coach England in the build-up to the Ashes last winter. And Warnie, you could imagine the smile on his face. You could see he wanted to do it, but he also had that loyalty to Australia,” Gough told TalkSport.

“But Joe kept asking him and asking him and asking him. And I thought he was getting closer and closer and closer, and he said, ‘Let me think about it, and I’ll give you a call.’ And then, two days after the tournament finished, Warnie texted me saying, ‘Have you got Joe’s number, by the way? I forgot to get his number.’ And I thought, ‘he’s gonna do it, he’s gonna do it, and obviously it didn’t happen,” he further added.

England Test side is clearly on the downhill after back-to-back series defeats. They lose the Ashes 0-4 in Australia and were also beaten in West Indies in 3-match Test series. Following this, the coach Chris Silverwood was sacked unceremoniously. England have won just one of their past 17 matches.

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