Murali sets sights on 700 record

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:54 IST

Sri Lanka's ace spinner Muttiah Muralitharan says he's dreaming of claiming 700 test wickets before quitting cricket.

Murali sets sights on 700 record

Colombo: Sri Lanka's ace spinner Muttiah Muralitharan may have lost his world test record to Australia's Shane Warne during a long injury-forced absence, but says he's dreaming of claiming 700 test wickets before quitting cricket. Muralitharan has claimed 549 test wickets a€" 40 behind Warne's tally of 589 a€" but says he's still nourishing hopes of finishing at the top. "Clinching wins for Sri Lanka is what motivates me. Personal milestones are not significant ... but I'm hopeful of making 700 dismissals in test matches," said Muralitharan, who last month bagged a 10-wicket haul in the second test match against the West Indies at Kandy and issued a warning to Warne. "If I continue to bowl the way I'm doing right now, the target of 700 wickets isn't beyond me," Muralitharan told reporters Monday. "I'm planning to play for another three years, which should give me 30 more test matches," he said. "I think I can claim over 150 wickets in this period." Warne, currently playing in the Ashes series against England, is on the verge of becoming the first bowler to reach the 600-wicket landmark, and Muralitharan says the Aussie legspinner might even be the first one to get to 700. "I'm not saying I'll be the first one to reach 700 wickets," he said. "Warne can get there before me." "I want to get to the top, but that's not the only thing on my mind," he said. "Enjoying playing cricket is essential for me to continue." (AP)

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