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Warne confident of returning to face Kiwis

Shane Warne returned home on Thursday nursing a broken right thumb and eager to get back later this month against New Zealand.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Melbourne
PUBLISHED ON NOV 04, 2004 06:08 PM IST

Shane Warne returned to Australia on Tuesday nursing a broken right thumb and eager to get back to international cricket later this month against New Zealand.

The Australian leg spinner, the most prolific wicket-taker in Test cricket, fractured his thumb in two places during a batting session on the eve of the ongoing fourth Test in India.

He's been told he will be sidelined for between two and four weeks, but is hopeful of being back in time for the November 18 start of Australia's next Test against New Zealand at Brisbane.

"At the moment it's throbbing a bit after flying," said Warne, who flew home from India overnight. "But I'd say I'm a 50-50 chance for Brisbane.

"If it heals quickly in the next couple of weeks, I should be fine."

Warne had his most successful tour of India before hurting his thumb, taking 14 wickets in three Tests to boost his career total to 541 wickets from 115 matches. Australia had an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the four-Test series in India ahead of the final Test in Mumbai.

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