Another landmark for Australian legend August 11, 2005

Warne reaches 600 wickets

Cricinfo staff



Shane Warne breaks the 600-barrier © Getty Images
Shane Warne became the first bowler to take 600 Test wickets when he had Marcus Trescothick caught behind on the first day of the third Test at Old Trafford. He reached the landmark in his 126th Test when, in his fifth over, Trescothick attempted a sweep and was caught behind off the back of the bat by Adam Gilchrist.

Warne made his Test debut against India at Sydney in 1991-92, but he made his name at Old Trafford 12 years ago when, with his first ball in Test cricket against England, he bowled Mike Gatting with a viciously turning legbreak that pitched outside the batsman's pads and clipped the top of off-stump.

In the second Test at Edgbaston Warne, who returned figures of 10 for 162, became the first bowler to take 100 Test wickets in a single foreign country. Before this match, Warne had taken 16 wickets in the first two Tests of the series at an average of 15.31 with a best of 6 for 46 in the second innings at Edgbaston.

The table below shows the major staging posts on the road to the world record.

Wkts Test No. Batsman Match
1 1 Ravi Shastri Sydney 1991-92
100 23 Brian McMillan Adelaide 1993-94
200 42 Hashan Tillekeratne Perth 1995-96
300 63 Jacques Kallis Sydney 1997-98
400 92 Alec Stewart The Oval, 2001
500 108 Hashan Tillekeratne Galle 2003-04
600 126 Marcus Trescothick Old Trafford 2005