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Shane Warne

Be it Test cricket or one-day cricket, Warne is a match winner.

india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 16:34 IST

 Date of Birth: 13 September 1969, Ferntree Gully, Victoria
 Test Debut: Against India at Sydney in 1991/92
 ODI Debut: Against New Zealand at Wellington in 1992/93
 Bats: Right Hand Bat
 Bowls: Leg Break Googly

Be it Test cricket or one-day cricket, Warne is a match winner. Starring throughout a decade of Australian dominance at Test level, he was also instrumental in his country's victory in the 1999 World Cup.

Warne has been successful against all Test nations except Indian and Bangladesh. On the occasions he has encountered the strong Indian batting line-up and has been well short of peak fitness and struggled. His return to the squad and to India could well be his final platform to set things straight in India.

Controversy often eclipsed Warne's career. Before his amazing success in the mid-1990's, Warne had already become the first player to be expelled from the Australian Cricket Academy and had faced a battle against weight problems to even set foot on the field. He struggled with allegations of womanising, and also served a 12-month ban for drug use at the World Cup 2003.

In recent years, he has become dedicated to his fitness, shedding numerous pounds in order to prolong his international career.

He is Australia's most-experienced campaigner and their leading wicket-taker in the one-day game.

At the age of 34 and within sight of Walsh's 519 Test wickets, expect Warne to remain on the international scene for a few more years before he pulls the plug on his illustrious yet controversial career.

First Published: Jan 25, 2003 12:10 IST