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Shane Warne has been brought in by coach Darren Lehmann to help the Australian spin bowlers ahead of their crunch final test with South Africa and the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.

The leg spin legend says he is "thankful" for being handed the opportunity to coach a number of players in Cape Town.

Spinners Nathan Lyon, James Muirhead, Brad Hogg and Glenn Maxwell have all been working with Warne in the lead-up to the third Test at Newlands with the series level at 1-1.

And the 44-year-old will extend his stay as the Aussies begin preparations for the Twenty20 World Cup, which starts on March 16.

"It's been great," said Warne. "I'm really thankful to be back with the group, working with all the boys which has been good.

"Good vibe with the group in Cape Town, obviously there's a big Test match coming up. It's been nice to be back. The boys have all been good - there's been some good spirits and I'm thankful for the opportunity."

Spin crucial

Asked how the opportunity came about, Warne said: "(I've been) speaking to Darren Lehmann and also Michael Clarke a lot too.

"We're sort of working out with some of the spinners with the Twenty20 World Cup, there's going to be spin in Dhakar, so not sure how tired those wickets are going to get towards the end and obviously spin in Twenty20 is going to be crucial.

"I'm working on the tactical side with the Twenty20 boys, having a good look at Muirhead as well. I've been pretty impressed so far with the sessions I've had with him. He's done ok as well.

"There's a few good spinners around, with Hogg as well and Maxwell, so there's a lot of guys that can bowl, so we're just trying to get a week together when they're all in one spot, where we can all bed together, so that was how it all came about.

"Then Boof (Lehmann) and Pup (Clarke) wanted me to sort of be amongst this Test match as well, so it's worked out pretty well with the match being one all.

"So my role is to help out, just be around the group during the Test match and during the Test match work with the Twenty 20 boys as well."

Clarke said: "It's been fantastic having him around and great for me personally.

"I have a wonderful relationship with Warney and it's always nice to have him around, especially for those players that have not spent a lot of time with him, they have had their eyes opened.

"The spinners really enjoyed the work he did with them on Thursday. He will do whatever it takes to get the players to bring the best out of themselves.

"I have said for a long time he is probably the best captain I have played under and his knowledge is like no other, He played 145 Test matches and knows the game very well."

Watch the third Test between South Africa and Australia live on Sky Sports 2 HD from 8.25am on Saturday.