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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 25 February, 2003, 11:36 GMT

Warne makes new admission
Shane Warne
Warne flew home form the World Cup
Shane Warne has admitted to previously taking the banned diuretic which led to his 12-month ban from cricket.

The Australian leg-spinner failed a drugs test taken on 22 January after taking a fluid tablet to aid his recovery from a shoulder injury.

But on Tuesday he revealed he had also used a similar tablet early in December as a slimming aid.

He told Channel Nine: "I was tested on 12 December which was negative. This was before the injury.

"It has since come up at the hearing that there were small traces of the same ingredients that I tested positive for in January.

"I admitted to the hearing that I had taken a tablet in early December. I was doing a lot of wine promotions. I'd had a couple too many bottles of wine and had a few late nights.

"I took a fluid tablet then. It was to get rid of a double chin.

I don't want to be rushed into anything until it's clear what I want to do
Shane Warne

"The 12 December test showed small traces of the same thing. That was before my (shoulder) operation - that proves I didn't take the fluid tablet to mask anything."

Warne is considering whether to appeal against his suspension and has been given until Saturday to make a final decision.

He said: "One side of me says 'get out there, appeal and get less penalty because it's not fair'.

"Another side of me says 'I'm a human being, I want to get on with my life, cop the penalty and just get on with it'.

"I don't want to be rushed into anything until it's clear what I want to do."

English cricket county Hampshire, who have signed Warne on a two-year deal, will wait on the outcome of the appeal before deciding what to do.

Chairman Rod Bransgrove said: "Subject to the appeal we are obviously very disappointed.

"Our plans were being built around Shane here as captain.

"The appeal will be heard in short order, and we hope for a positive outcome to that, but we have to start looking at contingencies now.

"We have to look at replacing him with another overseas player - if that is what the manager Paul Terry wants.

"But the maximum duration of the ban as it stands is 12 months - so there is no reason why he cannot join us in 2004. I sincerely hope he will."

Links to more Australia stories


BBC Five Live's Jonathan Agnew
"Warne's career is in the balance"

Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove
"I'm very disappointed"

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