Shane Warne yearns a Test match hundred

Published: Sunday, October 1, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London: Having reached the twilight of his career, spin wizard Shane Warne yearns for a Test hundred even as he picks Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara as the two best batsmen of his era and hardest to bowl at.

''I'm proud of what I've achieved in cricket. I don't usually set too many personal goals, but a Test hundred is still something I'd like. I've messed up my six best chances,'' Warne told Observer Sports Monthly in an interview.

''There are a lot of statistics linked to me, most of which I don't worry about -- being hit for the most sixes in international cricket, for example -- while having the most Test wickets is obviously great.

''The one statistics that does annoy me is having the most Test runs in the history of the game without a hundred. I don't like that.'' The 37-year-old world's highest Test wicket taker interestingly holds the record of accumulating most Test runs (2958) without having scored a hundred. His highest has been 99 he scored in Perth in 2001-02 against New Zealand. He had scored 11 fifties and has a batting average of 16.61.

Warne also said India's master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and current West Indies captain Brian Lara were the hardest batsmen to bowl at.''The hardest batsmen would be Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar, the two best of my era,'' said the Hampshire captain.

He, however, said South African Daryll Cullinan was his favoutite prey batsman and thought he could get him out every ball.

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