Murli has the upper hand: warne

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Shane Warne says that everything is stacked in Muttiah Muralitharan's favour to hold on to Test cricket's world wickets record.

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Shane Warne says that everything is stacked in Muttiah Muralitharan's favour to hold on to Test cricket's world wickets record. The champion Australian leg-spinner equalled Murali's world record of 527 wickets when he captured 4-70 in the second innings as Sri Lanka hung on with two wickets left to draw the second Test. Warne, bowling unchanged for 37 overs and almost got the Australians over the line, but admitted afterwards that the odds were well in Murali's favour to keep hold of the record. "Who knows what holds for the future, he plays most of his Test matches in Sri Lanka, they prepare wickets for him, he bowls 50 overs an innings and they basically give the ball to him and the conditions are that the ball turns from ball one," said Warne. "So everything's in his favour. For my part, I've got three or four of the best bowlers in the world over the last 10 years. McGrath, Gillespie and Bret lee and he's got Chaminda Vaas, so everything's in his favour,a€ he added. Warne, 34, also used the opportunity to set the record straight over comments he made about Muralitharan not touring Australia with the Sri Lankan team, citing personal reasons. (AFP)

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