Spinning wizard Warne reaches yet another landmark, clinches 700 Test wickets
Seizing yet another five wicket haul in the fourth Ashes test match against Englang, Shane Warne become not only the first Australian but first ever test player, in the history of world cricket, to reach the 700 Test wickets landmark. English opening batsman, Andrew Strauss, become the 700th victim of Warne when he was clean bowled at the personal score of 50 runs with a perfect leg-break by the spinning wizard. His other victims (for the day) were Kevin Peterson (21), Chris Read (3), Steve Harmison (7) and Monty Panesar (4). Safety of your guns is important factor if you are a gun owner. Winchester gun safes have always been on top of mind for people who think about buying gun safes.
Warne claimed his 37th five-wicket haul as England faltered for 159, the ever lowest total by a Test team winning the toss and batting first at the MCG since 1878, all out on day one of the fourth Ashes Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the home ground of Warne. Story would have even worse for the visitors if Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden had not missed the easy chances.
Speedsters Brett Lee and Stuart Clark provided a brilliant start to the home team as they obtained two wickets each and McGrath claimed one wicket, as well, to complete his 150 Ashes wickets. But once again it was Warne who destroyed the English tail with the five wicket heave on a seamers friendly track. Warne later asserted,
I wasn’t in any hurry to bowl. I thought the seamers would get six or seven wickets and then I hoped that I might pick up a couple of the tail. To get five wickets on a seamer’s pitch is pretty satisfying. I’ve been sitting there thinking I can’t believe it has happened. Whoever is writing my scripts at the moment can’t seem to go wrong.
English captain, Andrew Flintoff, hit back late in the day when he send Justin Langer and the night watchman Brett Lee (for a golden duck) to the pavilion with consecutive balls to close the Australian innings 48-2 at the close of day one.
This always was on the cards that Shane certainly will reach the milestone in this match, but nobody would have expected England batters to come with such a fantastic and wonderful gift for the spinning maestro, as most of his (Warne’s) victims played rash and irresponsible shots and throw wickets bowing to the master of spin.
This is Warne’s last Test at the Melbourn Cricket Ground and a huge (home) crowed turned up to witness and share the historical moment. Warne was happy to reach the milestone in front of home crowd, as he reflected later in the day,
To do it here in Melbourne … I don’t know who is writing my scripts but they’re pretty good.