On This Day: Warne equals Test cricket wicket record

Sport360 staff 16:42 14/10/2016
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Shane Warne is congratulated by his teammates as he celebrates equalling the world record

Australian spinner Warne then overtook Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan’s tally when he had Irfan Pathan caught at slip by the legendary Matthew Hayden with a peach of a delivery that drifted away from the left-hander and turned in.

Muralitharan, who was injured at the time, had taken the record himself from Courtney Walsh five months earlier. Australia won the series 2–1; it was Australia’s first series win in India since 1969.

Warne’s 14 wickets at an average of 30.07 was a marked improvement on his previous performances in India, when in six Tests he had taken 20 wickets at an average of 52 runs each. He ended his Test career with 708 wickets

Here are some other memorable sporting events that happened on this day:

1878: Two local teams took part in the first football match under floodlights at Bramall Lane, Sheffield

2007: South Africa beat Argentina 37-13 to set up a rematch with England in the rugby union World Cup final. The Springboks went on to beat Brian Ashton’s side to claim the global crown.

2005: Manchester United and Republic of Ireland midfielder Roy Keane announced he was to quit international football.

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