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Last Updated: Sunday, 31 December 2006, 08:38 GMT
Aussies ready for duo's farewell
Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath
Warne and McGrath bow out of Test cricket after more than 12 years
Australians are gearing up to say farewell to cricket legends Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath who will bow out of Test cricket after the Sydney match.

The duo, with 1,263 Test wickets between them, will play in the final Ashes Test of the series as Australia chase a whitewash.

Paceman Stuart Clark said he will treasure the Test.

"I can't wait for it, walking around with Glenn and Shane in their last game," said Clark.

"It is something I will be able to tell my kids about ... I am not sure I can hoist (McGrath) up on my shoulders - he is a big bloke.

"They deserve everything that is coming to them. Hopefully we will win the Test match and see the jubilation on their faces as well."

Meanwhile, Clark is still in disbelief that he is already being compared to some of the greats of Australian fast-bowling.

The New South Wales bowler, who is the joint leading wicket-taker in the Ashes series with Warne with 21 wickets, only made his debut in the South African Test series earlier this year where he was named man-of-the-series.

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The 31-year-old is now looking forward to teaming up with fast bowler Brett Lee in the years to come.

"Brett is the (only) out and out fast bowler in the world at the moment," said Clark.

"He bowls fast and is an attacking type of bowler whereas I keep it nice and tight and try and frustrate the batsmen into mistakes.

"We do compliment one another very well and it can be very useful in trying to get someone out."

When comparing himself to the great Australian quicks of the recent and distant past though, Clark remains humble.

"To be mentioned in the company of (Jason) Gillespie, McGrath, Merv (Hughes), (Craig) McDermott and (Dennis) Lillee and Thommo (Jeff Thomson), I pinch myself when they mention my name with those guys," he added

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