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Murali's Test wicket record will stand forever, says Warne

cricket Updated: Dec 03, 2007 16:28 IST
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Cricket: Murali's Test wicket record will stand forever, says Warne

Shane Warne congratulated Muttiah Muralitharan for reclaiming his world record for most Test wickets, declaring on Monday that the mark will stand forever.

Muralitharan claimed his 709th wicket in Sri Lanka's first Test against England in Kandy to become Test cricket's most successful bowler.

The off-spinner, playing his 116th Test, bowled Paul Collingwood to grab his fifth wicket in the innings and surpass retired Australian leg-spinner Warne's world record tally of 708 wickets in 145 matches.

"I congratulate Murali for breaking the record I had," Warne said.

"It was nice to have the record for a short while but I knew I would only have it for a short time. Murali has said he wanted to take 1,000 Test wickets and he is every chance of getting there.

"If he does I don't think anyone else will catch him.

"He's been a wonderful player for a long period of time. He's an excellent competitor and has been great for Sri Lankan cricket. He's a great bloke too.

"I've been to Sri Lanka to help him after the (December 2004) tsunami and we now even have a trophy named after the two of us. I'd just like to say ' well done on the record'."

Muralitharan's career has been blighted by concerns over the legitimacy of his action, but Warne played it down.

"Despite what people say he'll be remembered as one of the game's great bowlers," Warne said.

Former Sri Lankan coach Tom Moody said he felt privileged to have contributed to Muralitharan's world record.

Moody was Muralitharan's second Test victim, bowled by a delivery "that almost pitched off the strip and spun back five feet" at Colombo's Sinhalese Sports Club in 1992.

The West Australian returned 12 years later to coach the Muralitharan-inspired Sri Lankan side.

"It's no surprise that he got the record. Like Warney, he's a unique bowler in modern-day cricket and he deserves his success," Moody said.