Sydney: Shane Warne's hopes of passing Dennis Lillee as Australia's greatest bowler in the third and final test against India have been dampened by an unusually fast Sydney wicket.
The Australian leg-spinner already has 351 wickets to his credit, and when the third test against India gets under way at the Sydney cricket ground tomorrow he will need just five more to pass Lillee's Australian test record of 355. Warne had been hoping to get the record in last week's second test in Melbourne but was restricted to only two wickets. He now very much wants to get the five he needs in Australia's final home match of the 1999-2000 season.
Australian captain Steve Waugh said he expected his top strike bowler to reach his target in Sydney, although he said the wicket, which normally favours spinners would not help him this time. ''I have never seen a wicket like that in my career,'' Waugh said today.
''The normal Sydney wicket turns square and helps the spinners, but it's going to be quick and bouncy. There's a lot of grass there so it will suit the quick bowlers.''