Warne shows rapid recovery, to play match on Friday

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2003, 22:34 [IST]
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Melbourne: In a big boost for Australia's cricket World Cup hopes, leg spinner Shane Warne will return to the field for a One-day match on Friday, just 25 days after dislocating his shoulder. Officials said Warne would captain Victoria in the ING Cup One-day match against Western Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The champion bowler's rapid recovery from the shoulder injury suffered during a match against England on December 15 is a big boost for the Australia's defense ahead of next month's World Cup start in South Africa.

Warne, the second-greatest wicket taker in Test cricket, passed a final fitness test under the supervision of national team physiotherapist Errol Alcott in Sydney on Thursday, officials said. He resumed practice just a week ago and it had been feared he would miss the World Cup One-day series beginning February 8.

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