Telegraph adds Warne to cricket columnists

Shane Warne, the record-breaking Australian Test bowler, is the latest big-name cricketer to be signed up to put his name to columns in the Daily Telegraph.

According to Telegraph Media Group, Warne will “be writing a column offering his insights and commentary on cricket”.

Warne was hired as a member of Sky Sports’ Ashes commentary team last summer, though he joined after the start of the season due to his Indian Premier League commitments.

The Telegraph‘s cricket roster already includes former England captain Michael Vaughan, the outspoken Geoffrey Boycott, former Test all-rounder Derek Pringle as cricket correspondent, and Simon Hughes and Steve James. Reductions is newspapers’ coverage of the county game has come in for criticism, however, including in the most recent edition of Wisden.

Warne is one of the all-time greats: he was the first to take 700 Test wickets, including 195 against England. He has signed a four-year deal with the Telegraph to cover the next two Ashes series.

Ben Clissitt, Head of Sport, Telegraph Media Group, said: “I am delighted to welcome Shane Warne to the Telegraph. He has both a shrewd cricket brain and an engaging character. He will be a huge asset to the paper through this Ashes series and the next.”

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