Spin wizards Murali-Warne kiss and make up

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Sydney: Spin magician Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne today ended their brief war of words after they patched up at the unveiling ceremony of the 'Warne-Muralitharan Trophy' and described the entire saga as a 'miscommunication'.

The entire episode started after Warne, in his newspaper column, asked the ICC to test Murali's bowling action in match conditions.

This remark from his counterpart infuriated Muralitharan, who later hit back at the legendary Aussie, callimg him a 'miserable man', who is afraid that his record is in danger from the Sri Lankan.

''Maybe he just doesn't want me to pass his record. Why else would he keep saying these things? I will shake his hand at the ceremony and go straight off the field instead of trying to be friendly,'' said Murali, who needs just seven more Test wickets to overtake the Warne's world record tally of 708.

However, the two legends laughed and joked their way through the trophy unveiling ceremeony today, saying reports of tensions between them had been a ''miscommunication''.

''There is no issue at all. I thought he said something about my bowling action and then I said he was a miserable man. We just talked to each other and patched it up,'' a smiling Muralitharan was quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph.

''It was a miscommunication more than anything else,'' he added sitting beside Warne.

Warne also clarified his stand on the controversy, saying both of them were good friends and he had no issues with Murali.

''I spoke to Murali about it this morning so I'm pretty happy actually, I'm not that miserable. I've got absolutely no issue with Murali and his action or anything like that.

''All I've said is if umpires or anybody has any issue with actions, I'm not saying Murali's but anyone's in world cricket, then they should be tested in match conditions,'' he explained.

''I've enjoyed having it (the world record). I'm happy to pass it on to Murali. I think he'll take a thousand (wickets),'' Warne added.


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