The Highs and Lows of Shane Warne Cricket Career

 The Highs and Lows of Shane Warne Cricket Career

Shane Warne was without doubt one of the greatest cricketers in the history of the game, and he dominated the sport for over a decade in a talented Australian team.The leg-spinner took over 1,000 wickets in international cricket and was part of some of Australia’s most memorable victories.

He can reflect on a highly successful career. One in which he helped his country dominate and became known the world over for reviving the art of leg spin. However, it wasn’t all plain sailing, and Warne had some difficult moments.

With that in mind, and on his 46th birthday, let’s reflect on some highs and lows from Warne’s career.

High: Test Debut

On India’s tour of Australia in 1991/92, Warne was handed his debut in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and did well with the bat as he made 20 from 67 balls at No. 10.

While the game ended in a tame draw. It was a significant one for Warne as he became the newest member of the Baggy Green.

Low: Performance on Test Debut

Unfortunately, Warne’s performance with the ball on debut was disappointing to say the least as he bowled 45 overs and took 1-150.His only wicket was that of Ravi Shastri, who had made 206 opening the batting before he was caught by Dean Jones.

It was a tough start for Warne. Although he would have taken a modicum of comfort in claiming his first Test scalp.

High: Best Bowling in a Test Innings

England’s Ashes tour of 1994/95 was a difficult one for the visitors, as a rampant Australia tore them apart repeatedly, starting at the first Test in Brisbane. The away side were set an improbable 508 to win having conceded a massive lead in the first innings. Although they were not asked to follow-on by the hosts.

Enter Warne, who took his best ever Test figures of 8-71 in the second innings. Only failing to dismiss Mike Gatting and Steve Rhodes. It would have been extra sweet coming against England. Especially as it set Australia on the way to another Ashes series win.

Low: Sent Home from 2003 Cricket World Cup

Before the start of the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Shane Warne announced it would be his last action in one-day international cricket, but two days after the tournament began, scandal broke.
The Australian superstar was found to have tested positive for a banned substance. One he claimed had been given to him by his mother to aid with weight loss.

He was banned from the game for a year and sent home in disgrace, and forced to watch from home as Australia won the tournament in dominant fashion.

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