Just how much do we cling to the past? In the case of cricket-lovers, it appears that the answer is a lot. Soon after the Chennai Test finished, with India comfortable winners, readers were asked what Australia could do to get back into the series in Hyderabad. More than 30 percent suggested bringing back Shane Warne, who last wore the baggy green more than six years ago.
Warne is a perceptive and thoughtful commentator, whose views on the game are as interesting as his press conferences were once engaging. But with the ball, he's a has-been, something cruelly exposed during the recent Big Bash League and also in his tale of diminishing returns with the IPL's Rajasthan Royals, who he led to the inaugural title with such verve and imagination.
Even in his prime, Warne never found tours of India easy. He averaged 43, and the economy rate of 3.19 was also far higher than what it was elsewhere. No one, least of all Michael Clarke, is saying that Nathan Lyon will ever be in the Warne class, but to suggest that a 43 year old could do significantly better is to live in the land of fairytales.