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Last Updated:  Monday, 6 January, 2003, 17:19 GMT

Shane Warne
Shane Warne
Born: 13/9/69
Teams: Victoria, Hampshire
ODI debut: 24/3/93
Past World Cups: 1996, 1999

Right-arm leg-break bowler
Right-handed batsman

Until he was forced to pull out of the World Cup after testing positive for a banned susbstance, Warne was set to be one of the stars of the tournament.

Be it Test cricket or one-day cricket, the charismatic leg-spinner is a match winner, and his fitness race ahead of the World Cup has had the whole of Australia on the edge of their seats.

His dislocated shoulder had mended, and he looked to be fitter and more in shape than he had for several years.

This was due to be his last one-day competition, with Warne planning to concentrate on prolonging his Test career.

As well as starring throughout a decade of Australian dominance at Test level, he was instrumental in his country's victory in the 1999 World Cup.

Or more pertinently, Pakistan's woeful display in the final when he took four wickets in the match which helped him finish the tournament as the joint-leading wicket-taker.

Four years on, he remains at the peak of his powers and has recently gone on a strict diet and fitness regime to prolong his days in the middle.

He is Australia's most-experienced campaigner and their leading wicket-taker in the one-day game.

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