An icon of the game, Warne claimed 708 Test wickets from 145 matches and 293 scalps in 194 ODIs.

The entire cricketing fraternity was left stunned by the sudden demise of Australian legend Shane Warne at 52. The spin wizard died of a suspected heart attack while holidaying in Thailand on March 4. Warne’s manager confirmed that the cricketer was found unresponsive in his villa, and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived. Tributes have not stopped flowing in for Warne since the news of his death shook the cricketing community. An icon of the game, Warne claimed 708 Test wickets from 145 matches and 293 scalps in 194 ODIs. He was the man of the match in the semi-finals and the final when Australia lifted the World Cup in 1999. In the wake of his shocking demise, we look at five amazing records held by the late Warne.

1. First bowler to claim 600 and 700 wickets in Test matches

Muttiah Muralitharan (800) may hold the record for the most Test wickets. But the record for the first bowler to take 600 and 700 Test wickets remains with Warne as of now. During the 2005 Ashes series, the leg-spinner became the first bowler to break the 600-wicket mark when he dismissed Marcus Trescothick. A year later, in another Ashes contest, he went on to dismiss Andrew Strauss and completed 700 Test scalps. Warne ended up claiming five wickets in the innings. The cricketer claimed seven wickets in the match and also contributed an unbeaten 40 with the bat to win the Player of the Match.

2. Most wickets by an Australian cricketer 

Warne also holds the record for having claimed most wickets by an Australian bowler (all formats combined). He represented the country in a total of 338 matches and picked up 999 wickets at an average of 25.53 with 38 five-wicket hauls, and 10 ten-wicket match hauls in Test matches. Glenn McGrath is second on the list with 948 wickets from 375 matches at an average of 21.75. Brett Lee (718), Mitchell Johnson (590) and Mitchell Starc (529) complete the Top 5.        

3. Most wickets in a calendar year in Tests

The record for most wickets in a calendar year in Tests is also in the name of Warne. He achieved the feat in 2005 when he picked up a whopping 96 wickets from 15 matches at an average of 22.02. Warne bowled over 4330 balls in the year when England regained the Ashes under Michael Vaughan. He picked up six five-wicket hauls to go with two 10-wicket match hauls. In 2005, Warne had an innings best of 6/46 and a match-best of 12/246. He also maintained a superb economy rate of 2.92.

4. Most wickets in Ashes history

Warne loved bowling against England, and hence it isn’t surprising that he holds the record for most wickets taken by a bowler in the Ashes series. The legendary spinner represented Australia in 36 Tests against England and picked up 195 wickets at an average of 23.25. The numbers include 11 five-wicket hauls, and four times he claimed 10 wickets in a Test against England. In fact, he first made an impression on the international stage when he bamboozled Mike Gatting with the ball of the century. He did not look back after that. Even as Australia went down to England in the historic 2005 Ashes, Warne produced his best, claiming 40 scalps. Warne is followed by McGrath on the list, who claimed 157 wickets in 30 matches at an average of 20.92. 

5. Most runs in a Test career without a century

Apart from being a legendary spinner, Warne was a more than decent batter. He scored 3154 runs during his Test career with the help of 12 fifties at an average of 17.32. He holds the record for having scored the most number of Test runs without a hundred. He came agonizingly close against New Zealand in 2001-02 in Perth but was dismissed for 99, caught by Mark Richardson off Daniel Vettori’s bowling. That was to remain his highest Test score.

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