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Shane (Keith) Warne - Career, Controversies, Personal life, Test Wicket Milestones

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Cricketer, born in Melbourne, Victoria, NE Australia. A hugely charismatic leg-spinner, his mix of acute spin and control has made him highly effective, particularly against England. His first ball in the 1993 Ashes series turned massively to bowl Mike Gatting, believed the best player of spin in England's team. His total of 501 wickets (average 25ยท51) in 108 Tests up to March 2004 made him the first spin bowler to take 500 Test wickets. He was man-of-the-match in the semi-final and final of the 1999 World Cup, and in 2000 was named as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the century. In 2003, amid much controversy, he received a one-year ban by the Australian Cricket Board for drug-related offences. He was part of Australia's losing side in the 2005 Ashes series played in England, but gained praise for his all-round performance, taking a record 40 wickets for a 5-match Test series, scoring 249 runs, and receiving the Australia Man of the Series award. During the third Test of the series, he became the first bowler to take 600 Test wickets.

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