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Shane Keith Warne

Shane Warne

Shane Keith Warne was born on 13 September 1969 is a former Australian international cricketer widely viewed as one of the best bowlers in the history of the game. In 2000, he was chosen by a panel of cricket proficients as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century, the only professional bowler selected in the quintet and the only one still playing at the moment. He is also a cricket commentator and a specialized poker player.

Warne played his first ordeal match in 1992, and his 708 wickets was the record for the majority wickets taken by any bowler in Test cricket, until it was wrecked by Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan on 3 December 2007. He took over 1000 international wickets (in Tests and One-Day Internationals)�he was the second bowler to attain this milestone after Muttiah Muralitharan.

A constructive lower-order batsman, Warne also scored over 3000 Test runs, and he holds the evidence for most Test runs without a century. His career was overwhelmed by scandals off the field; these included a ban from cricket for testing positive for a forbidden substance, charges of conveying the game into disrepute through accepting money from bookmakers and married infidelities.

As well as Australia, he also played Australian domestic cricket for his habitat state of Victoria, and English domestic cricket for Hampshire. He was captain of Hampshire for three seasons, from 2005 to 2007.

He withdrew from international cricket in January 2007, at the end of Australia's 5-0 Ashes series victory over England. Three other players� essential to the Australian side at the time, Glenn McGrath, Damien Martyn and Justin Langer, also gave up work from Tests at the same time which led some, counting the Australian captain, Ricky Ponting, to announce it the "end of an era".
Shane Warne
Next his retirement from international cricket, Warne played a full season at Hampshire in 2007. He had been planned to appear in the 2008 English cricket season, but in late March 2008 he proclaimed his retirement from playing first-class cricket in order to be capable to spend more time pursuing interests outside of cricket. In March 2008, Warne marked to play in the Indian Premier League for the Jaipur team, Rajasthan Royals in the first version of the tournament, where he played the task of both captain and coach. He led his team to victory against the Chennai Super Kings in a cliffhanger of a final match on 1 June 2008.

After the innings defeat of Australia in Adelaide in Ashes 2010, a website was launched by fans calling for his comeback. The website has also created a fund for the sole purpose of bringing Warne back into international cricket.

His greatest performance was 7/52 in a four-day match. Ahead returning to Australia, Warne took 3/14 and 4/42 for Australia A against India in December 1991. The present spinner in the Australian Test Team, Peter Taylor, had taken only one wicket in the first two tests, so Warne was brought into the squad for the Third Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground a week later.

Warne had an unremarkable Test debut, taking 1/150 (Ravi Shastri caught by Dean Jones for 206) off 45 overs, and traced figures of 1/228 in his first Test series; he took 0/78 in the Fourth Test in Adelaide and was plunged for the Fifth Test on the pace-friendly WACA Ground in Perth.