Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Warne to Quit after Ashes

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Warne to Quit after Ashes

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Byline: DAVID LLOYD

SHANE WARNE is set to stun cricket again - this time by announcing his retirement.

The world's leading Test wicket-taker, generally regarded as the greatest bowler of all time, will make his plans public tomorrow, according to the Australian television station Channel 9.

But there seems no doubt that Warne's final two matches will be the last two Tests of the Ashes series against England.

At 37, it was obvious the leg-spinner was reaching the end of the line.

But, having performed as brilliantly as ever this winter while helping Australia to regain the urn, there was increasing speculation he might even play against England in 2009.

But now the man who needs only one more wicket to reach 700 at Test level is apparently ready for a TV career, commentating on the game he has often dominated.

Australian cricket officials today refused to confirm the news, saying only that there

has been "a lot of speculation about several players". Supporters and team-mates, however, are preparing to hear the truth.

There are also rumours that fast bowler Glenn McGrath, Warne's fellow veteran in the Australian side, will announce his retirement after the final Ashes Test in Sydney early next month.

Undeniably factual is that cricket has never before seen a player quite like Warne.

He made an unremarkable start to his Test career in 1991 but ever since he delivered that "ball of the century" to dismiss Mike Gatting at Old Trafford during the 1993 Ashes series his star has risen and risen.

Warne's illustrious career has frequently been dogged by controversy and he pulled out of the World Cup in 2003 when he tested positive for banned substances after Continued on Page 52

taking a diuretic given to him by his mother during his recovery from a shoulder injury.

He was banned for 12 months but returned to the Australian Test side early in 2004. …

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