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Warne to join ICC Hall of Fame

Shane Warne will be inducted into the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame (external) during the second Ashes Test between England and Australia. Warne, who represented Australia in 145 Tests between 1992 and 2007 and was the first bowler to take 700 Test wickets, will join the likes of Sir Don Bradman. He will be formally inducted during the tea interval of the second day at Lord's on 19 July. "I'm very honoured and proud," said the former leg spinner, 43. "I'd like to thank the voting academy very much for even considering me. 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." Warne ended his Test career with 708 wickets, at an average of 25.41, and 3,154 Test runs, the most any player in the game has made without scoring a hundred. His final Test was at the Sydney Cricket Ground, (external) the stadium where he made his Test debut against India in 1992, (external) as Australia completed a 5-0 whitewash of England in the 2006-07 Ashes. The Victorian also took 293 wickets in 194 one-day internationals at an average of 25.73, and was man-of-the match as Australia beat Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup final at Lord's. He was sent home ahead of the 2003 World Cup after a drugs test during a one-day series in Australia returned a positive result for a banned diuretic.