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Player Profile(#20)…Shane Warne(Australia)

Posted by wildkiwi25 on April 27, 2008

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Shane Keith Warne (born 13 September 1969) is a former Australian international cricketer who is widely regarded as one of the finest leg spin bowlers in the history of cricket. While his career statistics suggest that, despite his aggregate performances, phenomenal popularity and notoriety, he was perhaps less effective and destructive than the interbellum Australian leg-spinners Bill O’Reilly and Clarrie Grimmett, his durability and impact on the modern game assure his place alongside them in cricket’s pantheon. Indeed, in 2000, he was selected by a panel of cricket experts as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century, the only bowler selected in the quintet.

Warne played his first Test match in 1992, and his 708 wickets was the record for the most wickets taken by any bowler in Test cricket, until it was broken by Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan on December 3, 2007. He took over 1000 international wickets (in Tests and One-Day Internationals)—he was the second bowler to reach this milestone after Muttiah Muralitharan. A useful lower-order batsman, Warne also scored over 3000 Test runs, and he holds the record for most Test runs without a century. His career was plagued by scandals off the field; these included a ban from cricket for testing positive for a prohibited substance, and charges of bringing the game into disrepute.

As well as Australia, he also played Australian domestic cricket for his home state of Victoria, and English domestic cricket for Hampshire. He was captain of Hampshire for three seasons, from 2005 to 2007. In March 2008, Warne signed to play in the Indian Premier League for the Jaipur team, Rajasthan Royals in the first edition of the tournament, where he will play the roles of both captain and coach.

He retired from international cricket in January 2007, at the end of Australia’s 5-0 Ashes series victory over England. Two other players integral to the Australian team of recent years, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer, also retired from Tests on the same day which led some, including the Australian captain, Ricky Ponting, to declare it the “end of an era”.

Following his retirement from international cricket, Warne played a full season at Hampshire in 2007. He had been scheduled to appear in the 2008 English cricket season, but in late March 2008 he announced his retirement from playing first-class cricket in order to be able to spend more time pursuing interests outside of cricket.

  • Cricket-Online player profile – Shane Warne
  • Player Profile: Shane Warne from Cricinfo
  • Cricket Australia media release congratulating Warne on 500th wicket
  • 10 photos of milestone wickets in Warne’s career
  • VB Warnie – Summer of Spin
  • Ball of the Century
  • List of cricket incidents
  • List of sportspeople sanctioned for doping offences
  • Statsguru – Shane K Warne – Test Bowling – List of wickets

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    *Acknowledgements to owners of pictures used, Wikipedia.org, Cricinfo.com

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