One of the greatest ever bowler and the highest wicket taker in Test Cricket, Shane Keith Warne has confirmed his retirement which is after the fifth and final Ashes Test Match. Glenn McGrath, the best fast bowler in modern day cricket is also expected to call it quits after the fifth test match according to reports. Between these two bowlers are more than 1200 Test wickets! It will be a big blow for the Aussies if they lose these two fabulous bowlers at the same time! In particular, it would be difficult to find another Warney or even get some one to bowl half as well as him!
Shane Warne had started his international career against India in 1992 at the Sydney Cricket Ground, a test match in which Ravi Shastri had scored his maiden double century and a young and upcoming player by the name, Sachin Tendulkar scored a strokeful 148 not out. Shane Warne’s figures in his first bowl for Australia were a forgetful 1 for 150 having laboured for 45 overs. Few imagined that he would end up with as many as 700 test wickets after 15 years and playing 145 test matches, which should be the number once he is done with the Sydney Test. In the 15 years of international career, Shane Warne has spun out most sides on any kinds of wickets. He was one of the few bowlers to have got as much adulation as a great batsman would get. His off the field activities were headlines most of the time which included a drug offence and innumerable sex scandals. He had also served a one-year ban for taking diuretics just before the World Cup in 2003.
Warney had retired from ODIs after the ban but he did return to play only in the Johnnie Walker Super Series which involved Australia and Rest of the World XI. He has decided to stop playing all forms of the game but he will play another two years for his English County, Hampshire for which he is on a two-year contract. He has confirmed this news and had also said that he would have retired in 2005 itself had Australia won the Ashes in England which it didn’t. Warney is 37 years old now, but he has plenty of years left to trouble most batsmen in the world, but it is his choice to take a break forever and put his feet up and one should respect his decision. As far as cricket is concerned, it might take a long time to see another Shane Warne!