From 700th Test wicket to 'Ball of the Century': Best moments from Shane Warne's legendary career
One of the greatest spinners of all time, Shane Warne produced several match-winning performances for Australia throughout his glorious international career. The spin legend was a magician with the cricket ball in his hands and used to trouble the best of batters during his playing days. Here is a look at the top moments from Shane Warne's career.
Ball of the Century
Shane Warne produced the 'Ball of the Century' in the 1993 Ashes Test between Australia and England. He bamboozled England batter Mike Gatting with a jaw-droping delivery which remains fresh in the minds of millions of cricket fans around the world. It was bowled perfectly by Warne as the ball drew Gatting towards it before drifting sharply from the leg stump line to clip the off bail. Gatting had absolutely no answer to Warne's genius.
700th Test wicket
Shane Warne was the first man in the world to reach the milestone of 700 Test wickets. Not many would have believed a bowler would be able to reach the astounding fet ever in his career but Warne did the unthinkable when he completed the milestone against England at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in December 2006. Warne finished his Test career with 708 wickets.
Hat-trick at the MCG
Shane Warne picked up his first-ever Test hat-trick against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in 1994. It was the first hat-trick in Ashes series by any bowler in 90 years as Warne scripted his name in history. Warne had picked up the wickets of Phil DeFreiats, Darren Gough and Devon Malcolm in consecutive deliveries in the Test match.
1999 World Cup heroics
Shane Warne was one of Australia's best players in their 1999 World Cup-winning campaigan. Warne finished with figures of 4/29 in the dramatic semi-final against South Africa to claim the Man of the Match award before picking up 4/33 in the final against Pakistan at Lord's to power Australia to a World Cup title.
Final day heroics in Adelaide Test 2006-07
With the visitors having nine wickets in hands heading into Day 5, not many were expecting a result in the second Ashes Test between Australia and England in Adelaide in 2006. However, one man believed he could win and it was Shane Warne, who bowled a sensational spell picking up 4/49 to bundle out England for 129 runs in their second innings. Australia chased down the target of 168 runs on the last day to pull off a remarkable win.