Shane Warne was the greatest spin bowler of all-time – and ultimate cricketing con man

For England, only Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood, when he scored 206 in the Adelaide Test of 2006/07, succeeded in neutralising Warne. Warne did not admit defeat of course on the most placid of pitches: he simply bowled round the wicket into their pads as they kicked him away. Deadlock, yes, but defeat, no. 

Otherwise Warne ran through England for a pastime; his hat-trick in the Melbourne Test of 1994/95 was only one of numerous tricks he performed at England’s expense. He averaged well over five wickets per Ashes Test: 195 in only 36 games, and at a mere 23 runs each. 

He was a captain’s dream for four different Australian skippers. He started under Allan Border, who stopped the losing which had become habitual in Australian cricket in the 1980s; he so responded to Mark Taylor that Australia became world champions in the mid-1990s, with Glenn McGrath and Warne to back up the work of a great batting line-up; he continued this supremacy under Steve Waugh; and even if Australia finally stuttered in the Ashes series of 2005, Warne reasserted his team and himself in 2006/07, when Australia not only regained the Ashes but inflicted only their second 5-0 whitewash against England.  

Only Sachin Tendulkar can claim to have mastered Warne. In 2000/01 in India Warne took only ten wickets at 50 runs each in the three-Test series. Tendulkar, however, had to go into a special camp in order to prepare, by running down the wicket against legbreaks, often delivered from round the wicket, and launching them over long-on and long-off. Nobody else was so skilled. 

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