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Sunday, April 4, 1999 Published at 13:54 GMT 14:54 UK


Sport: Cricket

Warne considers Test future

Shane Warne: Have we seen the last of the leg spinner at Test level?

Shane Warne is considering his Test match future after being dropped for the first time in seven years by Australia.

However, Warne, whose 317 wickets in 71 Tests make him Australia's second-highest wicket-taker, said he would play in the one-day series against the West Indies and in the World Cup in England in May-June.

And he added that as Australia's next Test was not for another six months, it gave him ample time to consider his future.

Warne said he held no grudge against Steve Waugh despite the Australian captain combining with coach Geoff Marsh to dump him from the fourth Test.

"It's Steve's job to come up with what he thinks is the best team to win, he doesn't want to be the captain that's lost the series," Warne said.

"Financially I'm pretty well off, I've been lucky enough to play something I love and I've enjoyed for eight or nine seasons of international cricket."

One of the finest leg spinners in the history of cricket, he has taken five wickets in an innings 14 times and ten in a match on four occasions since making his Test debut against India in Sydney in the 1991-92 season.

West Indian captain Brian Lara said he would be stunned if Warne's career ended after the four-Test series for the Frank Worrell trophy.

"It's going to be a hard time for Shane. He's a world class bowler and I'm sure he will find it strange watching a Test instead of playing.

Everybody says it, but he really is a world-class bowler and I'm sure he will be back playing again soon."





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