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Happy birthday Shane Warne: Australia spin legend turns 50

Happy birthday Shane Warne: Australia spin legend turns 50
Shane Warne is widely regarded as one of the greatest spinners in cricket history, and is the only player alongside Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan to take more than 1000 international wickets. (File | AP)
The Aussie great made his international debut in 1992 against India in a Test match in Sydney. He went on to become the second-highest wicket-taker in the longest format of the game, with 708 wickets in 145 Tests. However, he was the first to breach the 700-wicket mark. (File | AFP)
Shane Warne also holds the record of most Test runs scored without a century (3154). (File | PTI)
Warne represented Australia in 194 ODIs, taking 293 wickets. He lifted the 1999 World Cup with the national side and was also the man of the match in the final of the tournament. (File|PTI)
The legendary Aussie spinner was suspended right before Australia's 2003 World Cup opener against Pakistan as the drug test from a one-day series returned positive. He argued the banned diuretic would have entered his body via a wellness tab that his mom had given. Warne returned to the game in February 2004, having served his ban. (Photo | AFP)
After his retirement, Warne played franchise cricket in multiple nations. He most famously led Rajasthan Royals to victory in the first-ever season of the Indian Premier League. He also served as the side's coach after his retirement, and currently serves as its Team Mentor.
Shane Warne shares a kiss with girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley after the third test match at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham. Hurley and Warne were in a relationship for three years, which ended due to their conflicting work commitments. In his biography No Spin, Warne had described his relationship with Hurley as the happiest phase of his life and revealed he even proposed marriage to her. (File Photo | AP)

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