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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 July, 2004, 09:31 GMT 10:31 UK
Warne proud of record feat
MOST TEST WICKETS
Shane Warne
527 M Muralitharan (Sri)
527 S Warne (Aus)
519 C Walsh (WI)
440 G McGrath (Aus)
434 Kapil Dev (Ind)
Shane Warne expressed mixed feelings after equalling the Test bowling record with his 527th wicket.

Warne, who was out of action for 12 months until March after failing a drugs test, took 4-69 on the final day of the second Test against Sri Lanka.

But it was not quite enough as the tourists hung on for a draw.

"I am very proud of the way I have gone about it since I have come back but I am disappointed we didn't win," Warne commented.

He now shares the record with Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan, who opted to miss the series.

"The wickets I have played on for my whole career, most of them have been to suit fast bowlers in Australia

"Murali - obviously they prepare wickets that suit him. They spin square from ball one, so he's obviously got a lot more of a chance than I have," said Warne.

"I'm proud of myself for equalling that record but to get one or two ahead of him and win the Test match would have been a perfect script.

We're probably all a little bit disappointed for him now that he hasn't actually broken it - but what a fantastic effort it is to be a joint world record holder
Skipper Ricky Ponting

"Every time there's been a script written, I've just about done it. I suppose I'm allowed one that I don't get every now and then."

Warne refused to shy away from his pre-series comments that Muralitharan was "thin skinned" if possible crowd abuse was the reason for his decision not to play.

"If he's got a problem with that, well he can sort it out with me if he wants to.

"But I've always got along fine with him. I think he's done wonderful things for Sri Lanka and I'm sure he will continue to do that."

Warne's team-mate Glenn McGrath, meanwhile, was fined 25% of his match fee for an audible obscenity after having an lbw appeal turned down.

"It's important that all players continue to observe ICC guidelines that protect the values, integrity and spirit of the game," said match referee Chris Broad.




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