Melbourne:Adamant that a "happily retired" Shane Warne's comeback is the only solution to the Australian cricket team's bowling woes, a newspaper here has launched an online petition for garnering public support to force the legendary leg-spinner to think of a return.
"There's no polite way to spin this. Australian cricket needs a helping hand. Our stocks of quality front-line bowlers are low. We don't have a spinner worthy of the title.
"It's time to send out an SOS to SKW. Shane Warne, it's time you came out of retirement," the 'Daily Telegraph' wrote in its petition, which was opened for signing on Tuesday.
Australia are trailing 0-1 in the ongoing Test series against India after losing the second Test in Mohali by a massive 320 runs, one of their worst defeats in recent memory.
The Indian batsmen thrashed the Aussie attack, which has part-timers Cameron White and Michael Clarke as frontline spinners.
Even Warne was never much of a success on the Indian tracks but the newspaper, in its petition, said the talismanic bowler can still give a lot to the team as he showed by leading underdogs Rajasthan Royals to the Indian Premier League twenty20 title earlier this year.
"For one thing, he probably wouldn't need much convincing. Earlier this year he led the Rajasthan Royals to victory in the Indian Premier League with a preparation that consisted of a week's worth of bowling.
"Don't forget his greatest-ever display - the Ashes tour of England in 2005 when he captured 40 wickets at 20 runs apiece -- came during the public collapse of his marriage as the English tabloids massacred him each morning.
"He loves pressure. He doesn't needs hours in the nets. He would eat this summer's touring sides - South Africa and New Zealand - quicker than a can of baked beans."