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Australian leg finished for Warne

Its always great to go whilst you are at the top especially when you have been so good and Shane Warne will do just that as he announced today that he would retire from international cricket as well as Australia's domestic cricket. He said he will still play for the English county side Hampshire.

With 699 wickets to his name and one more required to be the first bowler to take 700 wickets, his retirement announcement has brought another dimension to the Ashes Boxing Day Test at the MCG.

Not only are we hopefully going see his 700th wicket but we will also be seeing Warnie for the last time playing for Australia at the MCG. That should be appetising in itself.

I should point out that Sri Lankan bowler Muttiah Muralitharan is only 25 wickets behind at this stage and will possibly overtake Warne's haul soon.

Warne has entertained the crowds showing so much passion for the sport he loves so much. It will be a totally different Australian side when Australian next fields without Shane Warne.

With Glenn McGrath rumoured to be retiring at the end of this series as well, Australia will have to go through a mini team rebuiling exercise in the bowling department but what a legacy Warne has left not only for Australia but the whole cricket world at large.

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