Warne said ''Congratulations to Murali - he's been a wonderful player for a long period of time. He's an excellent competitor and has been great for Sri Lankan cricket. He's a great bloke too. I've been to Sri Lanka to help him after the Tsunami and we now even have a trophy named after the two of us.''
The legendary leg spinner also said that he expects Muralitharan to go on and finish his career with more than 1000 wickets to his name.
''He'll probably go on and get 1000 wickets but today I'd just like to say ' well done on the record '.'' Tied with Australia's Warne overnight, Muralitharan was forced to wait until his second spell of the morning before moving off the 708-wicket mark, bowling Paul Collingwood with a delivery from around the wicket that nipped straight on.