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Warne inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

July 11, 2013

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne will be inducted into the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame during the tea interval at the second Ashes test at Lord’s.

Warne is the 69th male member to be inducted and joins Brian Lara of the West Indies, Enid Bakewell of England and former Australian teammate Glenn McGrath. His induction will be on July 19th.

Already inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, Warne was the first bowler to take 700 test wickets and was named as one of only five Wisden cricketers of the century in 2000.

Warne retired from test cricket in 2007, after taking 708 wickets from 145 matches, including his “ball of the century” to dismiss England’s Mike Gatting at Manchester, England in 1993.

He was also crucial to Australia’s World Cup success in 1999, but missed the 2003 tournament because of a doping ban.

“I’m very honored and proud to be announced as an inductee into the ICC Hall of Fame later this month and I’d like to thank the voting academy very much for even considering me,” Warne said. “I’m looking forward to celebrating my induction with my friends and family in front of the crowd at Lord’s during the second Ashes Test.”