Warne promises all-out attack in BBL

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Leading from the front ... Warne says he'll be an attacking captain in season two of the BBL. Source:News Limited

Australia cricket great Shane Warne has given fans a glimpse of what they can expect in this summer's KFC Twenty Big Bash League, telling Inside Cricket he'll be an attacking captain at Melbourne Stars.

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Warne will assume the captaincy from Cameron White in the second edition of the Big Bash League, the champion leg-spinner saying he'll look to put the pressure on opposition teams from the outset.

"In my experience so far if you can take three or four wickets in the first six to eight overs you're generally going to win the game," Warne told his former Test captain Allan Border on Inside Cricket.

"All the opposition are trying to do is to bat out the 20 overs and actually post a score that they can then be competitive.

"So it's all-out attack for me in the first six overs and if that means you go for a few more runs then so be it – that's a risk-reward thing about the runs."

The BBL quickly found a place in the hearts of Australian cricket fans last season with the games attracting impressive crowd figures and record viewing numbers on Fox Sports.

And Warne said the enjoyment wasn't just confined to those watching on in the stands and at home.

"I think from the captain's point of view it's probably the most enjoyable form of the game to captain," he said.

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"You have to be a couple of overs ahead of the game and you have to adapt straight away.

"You can have all the plans you want in Twenty20 and some guy comes up and can start winning the game and turning the game."

The Stars are $5 favourites to take out the competition despite the presence of defending champions Sydney Sixers, who recently added the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in South Africa to their BBL triumph.

Warne said he was looking forward to leading a team jam-packed with T20 talent.

"It's quite an exciting team to captain, too," he said.

"You look down our list and there's some good international players like (Lasith) Malinga and (Luke) Wright – he got the fastest domestic hundred last year.

"And then we've got the quality of Rob Quiney at the top – he's probably as good as anyone going around.

"And then you've got all the other guys – (Brad) Hodge, (Cameron) White, (David) Hussey … we've got a pretty good side but it's just a matter of everyone gelling together."

One of the great innovations from season one of the BBL was the interaction between players and the Fox Sports commentary team.

Warne was "miked-up" for many of the Stars' matches, giving fans an extraordinary insight into the way he goes about his business.

"I did enjoy it actually and in a funny sort of way it made you concentrate," Warne said of his pre-delivery conversations.

"I think it's fantastic that Foxtel and Fox Sports be able to do that – to bring that to the lounge room of people watching."

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