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Murali's path to 600 Test wickets

Muttiah Muralitharan makes his Test debut against Australia in 1992

Muttiah Muralitharan 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 from Muralitharan against England in 1998 at The Oval see Murali 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 at Old Trafford in 2005

Sri Lanka celebrate a win against Bangladesh in Chittagong in Muralitharan's 100th Test

A nine-wicket haul in the first Test against Bangladesh in 2006 marks Muralitharan's 100th Test and his 593rd wicket

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

And he claims his 600th Test wicket in the second Test against Bangladesh with the dismissal of Khaled Mashud

Sri Lanka leave the field in second Test against Bangladesh

The spinner leads Sri Lanka off the pitch in Bogra and looks intent on chasing down Warne's wicket-taking record




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