It is a crying shame that Fat Boy Spin has since stated he would not be renouncing his Australian citizenship, because it has killed quite a good story! Not least because it would have given ze German national side (currently 20th in the CricketEurope Global Rankings for senior ICC Associate and Affiliate international sides) a chance of rising to tackle the likes of Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong and Afghanistan.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Warne “has always been German to his core”. Great article this by Aaron Timms.