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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 22 January, 2003, 04:51 GMT

Warne to quit one-day game
Shane Warne will carry on playing Test cricket
Warne is preparing for his exit from the one-day stage
Shane Warne has announced he will quit playing one-day cricket immediately after the World Cup in an attempt to prolong his Test career.

The 33-year-old revealed his move as the Australian squad arrived at their hotel in Sydney ahead of Thursday's VB Series clash with England.

"I'm going to retire from one-day international cricket when the World Cup finishes," he said.

"The World Cup is once every four years and I thought it was a great opportunity for me to end my one-day career internationally."

The number one priority for me is to play Test cricket for as long as I can
Shane Warne
Warne has taken 288 wickets in 191 one-day internationals, but has been troubled by shoulder problems in recent years.

He dislocated his shoulder in a limited-overs match against England in December and admitted he had considered retirement before deciding to carry on.

"I love playing cricket for Australia but the number one priority for me is to play Test cricket for as long as I can," he said.

"I'm only 33 and think I've still got a lot of cricket left for Australia."

Warne could return to action for the first of the best-of-three-matches finals at the SCG.

Warne, man of the match in Australia's victory over Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup final, is already Australia's greatest wicket-taker in both Tests and one-dayers.

He was named in Australia's World Cup squad while recuperating from the injury.

In the Test arena, he has 491 wickets from 107 matches at an average of 25.71.

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