How many wickets did Shane Warne take and what was the ‘Ball of the Century’?

SPIN sensation Shane Warne – one of the greatest cricketers ever to bowl a ball – has tragically died of a heart attack.

The former Australian captain once held the record for the most wickets taken by ANY bowler before it was broken by Muttiah Muralitharan in 2007.

Shane Warne is labelled as one of the best bowlers the cricket world has ever seenCredit: PA

But how many wickets was his final total?

How many wickets did Shane Warne take in the Ashes against England?

In 36 Ashes Tests, Warne claimed 195 wickets at an average of 23.25 with his best bowling figures of 8/71 in an Ashes innings.

Warne broke Hugh Trumble’s record for the most wickets in 2005, which was a record set at the Ashes for more than a century.

The leg-break bowler took 11 five-wicket hauls commonly known as a ‘five-for’ or ‘fifer’ against the Poms.

However, Warne’s first ball against England in an Ashes series during 1993, was labelled as the “ball of the century” because of his exceptional delivery.

What is the “ball of the century”?

Warne delivered “ball of the century” to English batsman Mike Gatting on June 4 1993 during an Ashes series at Old Trafford.

It was given that title not only for how the execution bamboozled Gatting, but also because it signalled the revival of leg spin bowling.

After a slow run-up of just a couple of paces, the cricket legend would roll his right arm over and deliver a leg break to the right-handed Gatting.

In response, the English batsman thrusted his left leg forward towards the pitch of the ball, pushing his bat next to his pad in attempt to get a leg before wicket.

However, the ball landed on a patch of the field which caused it to turn far more than Gatting had expected, resulting in the ball passing the edge of his bat, clipping the top of his stump and dislodging the bails.

The Englishman stared at the ground for several seconds, failing to believe that he was out.

How many wickets did Shane Warne take in total?

Shane Warne took 708 Test wickets, 293 in ODIs and 70 in T20s.

Shane Warne delivering "the ball of the century" in 1993 which left the world stunned

Shane Warne delivering “the ball of the century” in 1993 which left the world stunnedCredit: PA

Is there a documentary on Shane Warne?

Cricket fans across the world have been treated a documentary on legendary bowler Shane Warne earlier on this year.

Known for his phenomenal leg-spin technique and humorous personality, the film delves into key events throughout his illustrious career most notably, “the ball of the century” match.

Warne explained before the film that: “They want experience what I’m like as a father at home, poker in Vegas, commentary in Australia and in England.

“They want to go to India during the Indian Premier League and watch me team mentor and generally follow me around.

“I’m a bit apprehensive about it. I hope I can help people understand a bit more about me as a person, not the person they always saw on the cricket field.”

The documentary can be viewed exclusively on Amazon Prime Sport.


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