Warne chasing Murali's record

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Australia's strike bowler Shane Warne is just eight wickets away from breaking Muttiah Muralitharan's wicket-taking world record in Test cricket.

Warne chasing Murali's record

Cairns:

Australia's strike bowler Shane Warne is just eight wickets away from breaking Muttiah Muralitharan's wicket-taking world record in Test cricket.However, the Aussie leg spinner said he will grab the required scalps in the Australia-Sri Lanka Test starting Friday.Warne started the two-Test series needing 11 wickets to overtake Muralitharan, who has 527 wickets and who missed this tour citing personal reasons. Missed opportunityHe took three in the first innings of the first Test in Darwin, but went wicketless in the second innings. "I probably needed to get a couple wickets in that second innings, and it was disappointing not to get those," he said. "It's probably doubtful I'm going to take eight wickets given the history of this wicket. It generally suits the quicks more than the spinners," the strike bowler said."But having said that Magilla got 10 against Bangladesh last year," he added, referring to fellow Australian leg-spinner Stuart MacGill's performance last year in Cairns. Pace-friendly trackWarne has taken eight or more wickets 24 times in his 111 Tests, but the track in the tourist city of Cairns in tropical northeastern Australia is likely to favour pace bowlers over spinners. Warne repeated his claim that this Test would probably be his last chance to grab the world record before Muralitharan returns to action and edges further away from him. He also tossed a few barbs the way of Muralitharan, who has said in the past he didn't want to tour Australia because crowds here heckle him for his often-scrutinized bowling action. Warne further suggested Muralitharan picks up mostly tail-end wickets. (AP)



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