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Murali factbox

Factbox on Sri Lanka off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan who reclaimed the world record for the most test wickets on Monday.

cricket Updated: Dec 03, 2007 13:46 IST

Factbox on Sri Lanka off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan who reclaimed the world record for the most test wickets on Monday.

Born: April 17 1972, Kandy

Test debut: 1992 v Australia in Colombo.

Tests: 116

Wickets: 710

Five wickets in a test innings: 61 times

Ten wickets in a test match: 20 times

Was called for throwing by Australian umpire Darrell Hair in 1995, triggering a continuing debate about the legality of his unusual action.

Was called again on a 1998-99 tour of Australia but was cleared of any wrongdoing after scientific tests proved his innocence.

Broke West Indian Courtney Walsh's world record of 519 test wickets in 2004 before injuries struck, forcing him to take an extended break from the game.

Loses his world record to Shane Warne later that year but reclaims it in 2007 after the Australian leg-spinner retires with 708 test wickets.

Muralitharan also holds the world record for the most international wickets (combining tests and one-dayers) as well the most 10-wicket hauls in a test match and five-wicket hauls in an innings.