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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 November 2007, 11:44 GMT
Warne and Murali deny falling out
Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan
Warne and Muralitharan now have a trophy named in their honour
Cricket spin bowlers Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan have both denied that there is a rift between them.

Muralitharan had called Warne "a miserable man" but said he made the comments after falsely believing Warne had cast doubts on his bowling action.

But Muralitharan said: "We talked to each other and we patched up, it was a mis-communication more than anything."

Australian Warne added: "I have got no issue with Murali or his action or anything like that."

The pair, the only players in cricket history to have taken more than 700 Test wickets, were speaking in Hobart at the launch of the new Warne-Muralitharan Trophy.

The trophy will be awarded to the winner of future Test series between Sri Lanka and Australia.

Muralitharan, who is six behind Warne's record of 708 Test wickets, has had his bowling action questioned throughout his career.

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And he was left fuming after hearing of Warne's comments, vowing not to speak to his rival at the trophy unveiling.

"He can't keep his mouth shut because he wants to keep making these comments," Muralitharan said earlier this week.

"He must be a miserable man in his life. Maybe he just doesn't want me to pass his record. Why else would he keep saying these things?"

But after patching things up, the now retired Warne insisted that he had not queried the Sri Lankan's action.

"All I said in my column that I wrote was that common sense should prevail in that if anybody has an issue with an action - and I am not saying Murali - but anybody in world cricket then they should be tested in match conditions," Warne added.

Warne also said he was honoured to have his name on the new trophy alongside Muralitharan.



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