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No easing off for over-worked Warne

Warne says he has no plans to ease off his bowling workload as he faces another exhaustive year of cricket.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2006 17:35 IST

Shane Warne says he has no plans to ease off his bowling workload as he faces another exhaustive year of cricket.

Test cricket's all-time leading wicket-taker faces back-to-back Test tours over the next two months and another season with English county side Hampshire before the much-anticipated Ashes series with England here later this year.

The 36-year-old master leg-spinner bowled 335.2 overs in seven Tests— 50 overs more than any other bowler— in the recent southern summer season and is faced with tours of South Africa and Bangladesh and captaining Hampshire before leading Australia's bowling attack against England at the Gabba in November.

Warne, who has captured 659 Test wickets, said on Tuesday he had no plans to ease off on the English county circuit, as his captaincy and bowling commitments for Hampshire had to be met.

"The game will dictate how many overs I bowl," he said when asked by reporters on how he would manage his prodigious workload ahead of an important home 2006-07 summer.

"If the game is there to be won and we need to bowl to try to win the game then that's what I'll do," he said.

"I'm going over there 100 percent to support Hampshire and to lead them the best way I can."

Warne has bowled 37,967 deliveries in Test cricket, more than 4,000 more than Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan, the next highest wicket-taker with 584.