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Last Updated: Saturday, 23 July, 2005, 17:19 GMT 18:19 UK
Warne wants fitting Lord's finale
Warne took three wickets on the third evening
Shane Warne says he has been motivated to find his best form by playing what will be his final Test at Lord's.

Warne took three wickets as Australia closed on victory on day three.

"It was hard-fought Test cricket with two good sides going at it but at the end of the day I'd rather be in our position than theirs," he said.

"It's a huge Test match for all of us - it's my last one here. I want to make it a good one and go 1-0 up in the series and I'm pretty happy so far."

It always seems when somebody tries to write off Glenn or Shane they come back strong
Brett Lee

England enjoyed an opening stand of 80 before losing five wickets in 13 overs, but Warne always expected batsmen to struggle at some point.

"All the bowlers bowled pretty well - we bowled in partnerships, which was the key," he added.

"England hung in there, even though they played and missed a fair bit.

"They got off to a good start but we knew if we got one wicket there was enough happening that we might get a couple, and that was the case."

Pace bowler Brett Lee said Warne's performance, which followed Glenn McGrath's first innings 5-53, further disproved suggestions they are too old.

"It always seems when somebody tries to write off Glenn or Shane they come back strong," Lee said.

"Warnie's presence is fantastic. I think he's getting better with age. I think he's bowling better than he ever has."


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