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Cricket-Injured Warne faces Sri Lanka Test KO

06-11-2004 , 19:17© 2004 AFP


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- Shane Warne's hopes of overtaking Muttiah Muralitharan as the world's leading Test wicket-taker suffered a setback when the leg-spin wizard broke a hand.

The 34-year-old Warne will be out of action for a month after picking up the injury playing for Hampshire in their English county championship 114-run win over Essex in Chelmsford.

He is now likely to miss Australia's two home Tests against Sri Lanka, scheduled for the first two weeks in July in Darwin and Cairns.

Warne currently has 517 Test wickets, two behind retired West Indies paceman Courtney Walsh but ten behind Sri Lanka's Muralitharan who took over at the top by reaching 527 wickets during his country's recent whitewash against Zimbabwe.

Warne sustained the injury after being struck on the hand by a Darren Gough delivery while batting.

"Shane is expected to be ruled out for three to five weeks," said Hampshire physio Paddy Farhard.

The Australian had already been denied one opportunity to close the gap on his Sri Lankan rival after the world champions cancelled their planned Test series in Zimbabwe last month.

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