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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 July, 2004, 07:21 GMT 08:21 UK
Warne equals world record
Second Test, Cairns, day five: Australia 517 & 292-9 dec drew with Sri Lanka 455 & 183-8

Shane Warne
Australia's Shane Warne equalled the world bowling record with his 527th wicket on the final day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Cairns.

The leg-spinner moved level with Muttiah Muralitharan when he had Upul Chandana stumped in the final session.

He took 4-69 but his efforts to break the record were in vain as Sri Lanka held out for a draw on 183-8.

Australia, who won the series 1-0, had earlier declared on 292-9 after opener Matthew Hayden made 132.

It was Hayden's second hundred of the match and included a six and 10 fours, but Warne quickly became the focus of attention once Sri Lanka had begun their second innings 354 runs in arrears.

He was brought on as first change by skipper Ricky Ponting, having already taken the catch to dismiss Marvan Atapattu for nine off Jason Gillespie.

Warne wasted no time in making his mark as Sanath Jayasuriya (22) edged a catch to wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist in the second over after lunch.

The tourists lost three more wickets during the afternoon, but Warne had to wait until the final session to lift his career total to 525 by having Romesh Kaluwitharana caught by Darren Lehmann for 14.

The Sri Lankan batsmen were ringed by close fielders whenever Warne had the ball in his hand and there was a constant buzz among the crowd, who were all desperate to see the 34-year-old make history.

Kumar Sangakkara battled his way to 66 before an attempt to drive Warne brought about his downfall as the ball spun between bat and pad to bowl him with the total on 159.

Muralitharan's decision not to play in the series had given Warne his opportunity and he was not about to waste it, equalling the record six overs later as Chandana (14) paid the price for straying from his crease as the TV umpire upheld the appeal.

Sri Lanka still had the best part of 10 overs to negotiate but sensible batting by Chaminda Vaas and Nuwan Zoysa saw them to safety, although the latter was dropped at slip by a diving Ponting off Gillespie.

Every time there's been a script written, I've just about done it
Shane Warne

Warne tried every variation at his disposal in a bid to break the record, but will now have to wait until Australia tour India later in the year to try and do so.

By then, however, Muralitharan will almost certainly have increased his total with two Tests on home soil to come against South Africa next month.

Resuming on 194-2 at the start of play, Australia added 98 in 17 overs before declaring.

Hayden reached his century off 142 balls before he was bowled by Muralitharan's replacement Upul Chandana, who took 5-101 for match figures of 10-210, the first time he has taken 10 wickets in a Test match.


Australia: J Langer, M Hayden, R Ponting (capt), D Martyn, D Lehmann, S Katich, A Gilchrist, S Warne, J Gillespie, M Kasprowicz, G McGrath

Sri Lanka: M Atapattu (capt), S Jayasuriya, K Sangakkara, M Jayawardene, T Samaraweera, TM Dilshan, R Kaluwitharana (capt), U Chandana, C Vaas, N Zoysa, L Malinga.

Umpires: B Bowden (NZ) & A Dar (Pak)




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