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Warne to lead Rest of World side against MCC
Published: 05 February 2014
Shane Warne will captain the Rest of the World team against MCC in the Lord's Bicentenary 50-over celebratory match on Saturday 5 July.
The Australian leg spinner will skipper a side managed by ex-South Africa all-rounder Shaun Pollock, and will go up against Sachin Tendulkar who will captain MCC.
"I always enjoy playing at Lord's and as an Honourary Life Member of MCC I'm really excited about coming back" said Warne.
"I’m sure the match will be a lot of fun and it will be a pleasure to be part of the bicentenary celebrations of the most famous cricket ground in the world.”
The Ball of the Century
Arguably the greatest spinner the game has ever seen, Warne’s natural ability is only matched by his showmanship and ability to make headlines.
An integral part of the all-conquering Australia side that dominated world cricket during the mid nineties and early 2000s, Warne terrorised batsmen worldwide for a decade and a half, with an armoury of deliveries that saw him claim 708 Test victims.
I’m sure the match will be a lot of fun
After debuting without much fanfare against India in 1992, Warne famously burst onto the scene with the ‘Ball of his Century’ - his first delivery in Ashes cricket, which took the top of MCC President Mike Gatting’s off-stump having pitched well outside leg.
Gatting was the first of many English batsmen to be made to look foolish by Warne, with 195 of his wickets coming in Ashes Tests - the most of any bowler.
The 1993 series was the first of six times that Warne would lift the urn.
1994 saw Warne take his first Test ten wicket-haul, against South Africa in Sydney; and his only Test hat-trick came later that year, with England collapsing at his home ground of the MCG.
His Test career best figures also came in that series, picking up 8/71 in Brisbane.
The 1999 World Cup in England saw Warne continue his mastery of spin bowling - taking four wickets in both the semi-final and final, as Australia lifted the trophy at Lord’s. Warne was named man of the match in both games.
The wickets and records continued to tumble and he became Test cricket’s leading wicket taker in 2004, overtaking his great rival Muttiah Muralitharan.
Just a year later he starred in the famous '05 Ashes series in England, taking 40 wickets in a losing cause.
He took 96 wickets in 2005 - a record for a calendar year. And during the 2006/7 Ashes he was the first man to reach 700 Test wickets, and also became the first man to reach 1,000 international wickets.
The 2006/7 Ashes whitewash over England was to be his final appearance in an Australian shirt but Warne continued to ply his wily trade even into his forties, appearing in Twenty20 competitions in Australia and India, winning the IPL with the Rajasthan Royals as captain in the inaugural tournament.
Captaining the Royals gave him one more game at Lord’s against Middlesex in 2009, Warne’s side coming out on top, with Warne himself taking 1/24 in a comfortable win.
Warne was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame at Lord's in 2013, given honourary MCC Life Membership in 2010 and while he never made it onto the Lord’s Honours Boards he will certainly be remembered as one of the finest players to ever grace it’s turf.