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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 December 2006, 08:47 GMT
Aussies showed class, says Warne
SK Warne
Warne soaks up the applause as he leaves the MCG for the last time
Shane Warne wrote another fairy tale for himself by gaining man of the match honours in his final Test appearance at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The Australian great had match figures of 7-85 and scored an unbeaten 40 as England crashed to their fourth loss of what has become a traumatic Ashes tour.

Warne said: "In this Test match, we showed our class in tough situations."

His captain Ricky Ponting said: "It's been a pretty emotional and pretty special few days for the whole team."

Warne, whose first wicket on Boxing Day gave him a record 700 in Tests, said Australia had profited by losing the toss on the first morning in Melbourne.

It led to them taking the field first in conditions that favoured the bowlers.

"It was probably one of those good tosses to lose," he said.

"When I got my opportunity, at 2-100, we needed to try and get a couple of breakthroughs."

Every Test match you play for your country, you've got to treat like it's your last

Ricky Ponting

Warne's chief concern ahead of his Test swansong at his home ground, however, was ensuring his family and friends were there to witness it.

He said: "I was worried about my tickets actually! I've got my daughter, my ex-wife, I've got my father, my mother, his friends, a couple of best mates and a couple of Hampshire mates."

Ponting said he was pleased that all 11 players were able to perform "for Shane" in his last game at the MCG.

He has already his sights on winning next week's final Test in Sydney to complete the whitewash.


Four years ago, Steve Waugh's men were 4-0 up at the same stage but lost in Sydney.

Ponting said: "Every Test match you play for your country, you've got to treat like it's your last. That's exactly the way we've approached this game.

"We've got a lot to prove, still, to a few people around the place and more importantly to ourselves.

"We want to play the best cricket we can as a group."

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