London, July 20: The International Cricket Council (ICC) inducted Shane Warne into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during the tea interval of the second Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord's on Friday (July 19).
Warne becomes the 69th male member of the Hall of Fame and joins fellow 2012-13 inductees Brian Lara of the West Indies, England's Enid Bakewell and fellow Australian Glenn McGrath in being recognized by the ICC and the living members of the Hall of Fame.
Warne was inducted at Lord's by the ICC President, Alan Isaac, along with Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards, England and Wales Cricket Board Chairman Giles Clarke and MCC President Mike Griffith in front of a large and appreciative crowd.
Warne, who was born in in Ferntree Gully, Victoria in 1969 represented Australia in 145 Tests between 1992 and 2007, claiming 708 wickets at an average of 25.41. He is the first Test bowler to claim 700 wickets in the purist format of the game. Warne still holds the record for the most Test runs without scoring a century, 3,154.
He also represented Australia in 194 ODIs, claiming 293 wickets at an average of 25.73.
The leg-spinner was part of the Australian side that won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1999 at Lord's against Pakistan alongside fellow Hall of Famers Glenn McGrath and Steve Waugh and his performance at the match saw him named Player of the Final after he concluded the game with match figures of 9-1-33-4.
Warne said of his induction: "I'm very honoured and proud to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame today and I thank the voting academy very much for even considering me.
"Many of the Hall of Fame members were my heroes when I was growing up, including the likes of Ian Chappell and Dennis Lillee. I am delighted that I am celebrating my induction with my friends and family in front of the crowd at Lord's during the second Ashes Test.
"I was very lucky to play in a wonderful era of Australian cricket and make so many friends along my 20 year journey. I hope I kept everyone entertained and on the edge of their seat when they watched the Australian cricket team play.
"Thank you very much again and I feel very humbled by today's induction."
ICC Cricket Hall of Fame - initial inductees (55)
Sydney Barnes, Bishan Bedi, Alec Bedser, Richie Benaud, Allan Border, Ian Botham, Geoffrey Boycott, Donald Bradman, Greg Chappell, Ian Chappell, Denis Compton, Colin Cowdrey, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Lance Gibbs, Graham Gooch, David Gower, WG Grace, Tom Graveney, Gordon Greenidge, Richard Hadlee, Walter Hammond, Neil Harvey, George Headley, Jack Hobbs, Michael Holding, Leonard Hutton, Rohan Kanhai, Imran Khan, Alan Knott, Jim Laker, Harold Larwood, Dennis Lillee, Ray Lindwall, Clive Lloyd, Hanif Mohammad, Rodney Marsh, Malcolm Marshall, Peter May, Javed Miandad, Keith Miller, Bill O'Reilly, Graeme Pollock, Wilfred Rhodes, Barry Richards, Vivian Richards, Andy Roberts, Garfield Sobers, Brian Statham, Fred Trueman, Derek Underwood, Clyde Walcott, Everton Weekes, Frank Woolley, Frank Worrell.
Herbert Sutcliffe, Steve Waugh, Wasim Akram, Victor Trumper, Clarrie Grimmett.
Rachael Heyhoe Flint, Ken Barrington, Courtney Walsh, Joel Garner.
Belinda Clark, Frederick Spofforth, Curtly Ambrose, Alan Davidson.
Enid Bakewell, Brian Lara, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne