Monty Panesar says he would jump at the chance to work with Shane Warne, should the legendary leg spinner agree to coach England.

The former Australian bowler retired from Test cricket after leading his team to a 5-0 Ashes whitewash over England this winter, but is now looking for a fresh challenge.

While Warne has already committed to another two seasons with Hampshire, England coach Duncan Fletcher has expressed his desire to make use of his wealth of talent, and Panesar says he would be thrilled to work with Warne.

"There have been rumours going round about England wanting to offer Shane Warne a coaching job and as a young spinner, I have to say that it would be beyond my wildest dreams to work with him," Panesar told the Daily Mail.

"Perhaps I am getting too far ahead of myself even thinking about it. He is pure gold so I am sure the Australians will want to keep hold of him, but the idea of working with him is so exciting.

"He could be an incredible inspiration to me because he has so much knowledge and experience."

Panesar also revealed he had consulted Warne for advice after the fifth and final Test defeat in Sydney and found it added a boost to his game.

"It was great to be able to go into their dressing room and talk to him," Panesar added.

"I felt a bit shy about it. It was overwhelming for me - just a young spinner - to be able to listen to him talking about the game.

"He was very nice to me about it - talking a lot about technical things like the pace to bowl at, angles, stuff like that. He told me that he thought I was a good bowler, but that I had to keep improving my game."

Warne has indicated he could be willing to help England out, but has yet to reach an official decision over his future.