Warne defends retiring Murali's action

Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 15:56 [IST]
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Warne defends retiring Murali's action

Former Australian ace spinner Shane Warne has given a clean chit to Muttiah Muralitharan saying that his action was legitimate.

"Murali's action has been passed by scientific tests, I always thought it was probably legitimate," Warne said.

"But because of the way he bowled, I was worried that young spinners would try to copy his action and end up bowling illegally," the Australian said about his one- time great competitor.

Muralitharan has already announced that he will soon retire in the longer format of the game after the first Test against India starting Sunday at Galle.

Warne added that after his retirement, world cricket will lose one of the greatest competitors.

According to Herald reports, the leg spinner said that Murali was great for the game and loved challenges. Warne also feels that it will be a herculean task for any
other bowler to achieve Muralitharan's world record of Test wickets.

Warne retired with 708 Test wickets while Muralitharan has 792 scalps to his credit but still has one more match to take his tally to 800 wickets.

"I don't think it will ever be broken. Even though so much more Test cricket is played these days, I think Murali's record will stand for a long, long time and probably forever," Warne said.


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