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Last Updated: Monday, 3 December 2007, 12:44 GMT
Muralitharan's career in photos

Muttiah Muralitharan

Pictured here in a brand new portrait at Lord's, Muttiah Muralitharan has set a new record for Test wickets

Muttiah Muralitharan

Aged 20, the young Sri Lankan makes his Test debut against Australia in 1992 and claims Craig McDermott as his first scalp

Muttiah Muralitharan is applauded off the field after a dazzling display against England in 1998

Figures of 16-220 for Muralitharan against England in 1998 at The Oval see the young off-spinner past the 200-wicket mark

Murali in action

Despite an ICC panel giving it the all-clear in 1999, Muralitharan's action continues to attract attention

Muralitharan is crowned Wisden cricketer of the year 1999

But his fantastic form in the 1998 season sees him crowned Wisden cricketer of the year in 1999

In 2001 Muralitharan takes his 400th Test wicket when he bowls Zimbabwe's Henry Olonga

And in 2002 he becomes the youngest player to take 400 Test wickets when he bowls Zimbabwe's Henry Olonga

Muralitharan dismisses Shane Warne to take his 496th Test wicket

Shane Warne is wicket number 496, but the Australian wins the race to become the first spinner past 500 wickets

Muttiah Muralitharan celebrates his 500th Test wicket - that of Michael Kasprowicz in the second Test against Australia in Kandy

Murali is not far behind, reaching the 500-wicket mark with the dismissal of Australia's Michael Kasprowicz at Kandy

A sign at Kandy urges Murali to carry on towards the world record of 519 wickets

At just 31, Murali and his Sri Lankan supporters have Courtney Walsh's world record of 519 wickets firmly in their sights

Muralitharan celebrates claiming the new world record in 2004

Muralitharan eventually surpasses Walsh's record with his 520th victim in the first Test against Zimbabwe in 2004

Shane Warne celebrates the dismissal on Marcus Trescothick at Old Trafford in 2005

But Warne becomes the first player to take 600 Test wickets, during the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford in 2005

Sri Lanka celebrate Muralitharan's 600th Test wicket in the sceond Test against Bangladesh in Bogra

Murali claims his 600th Test wicket against Bangladesh in March 2006, with the dismissal of Khaled Mashud

Murali celebrates his 700th wicket

In July 2007 he takes 12 wickets as Bangladesh are thrashed in Murali's hometown, Kandy, to move his tally to 700

He's done it! Murali jumps for joy as he becomes the world's leading Test-wicket taker, Paul Collingwood his 709th victim

And on 3 December he's back in Kandy to become the world's leading wicket-taker, Paul Collingwood his 709th victim



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