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Warne's 600 one of sport's best: Botham

By Adam Cooper 12/08/2005 08:32:57 PM Comments (0)

Ashes legend Ian Botham believes Shane Warne's 600th Test wicket is one of the greatest solo efforts in sporting history.

And Botham says Warne, who claimed No.600 on day one of the third Test against England, has many more wickets left in him.

"Six hundred wickets is an awesome achievement, and the bad news for Australia's opponents over the next couple of years is that there are plenty more where they came from," Botham wrote in Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper.

"Putting Warne's achievement into some sort of context compared with other sportsmen is not easy, but I would rank it up there with Sir Roger Bannister's first sub-four minute mile or Lance Armstrong winning seven Tours de France."

Warne dedicated his 600th wicket to his three children after his oldest daughter Brooke, 8, gave him a poignant message reminding him to stay strong amid the toughest time of his personal life.

Moments after dismissing England opener Marcus Trescothick at Old Trafford, Warne kissed a white wristband he wore on his right wrist.

Warne, 35, later revealed Brooke had given him the wristband, which had the word "strength" inscribed on it, as a reminder to stay strong after his separation from wife Simone.

"She told me to stay strong," Warne said.

Warne spoke with Brooke and her siblings Jackson, 6, and Summer, 3, before the Test.

"Brooke said 'I like your white wristband, Daddy', and I said 'If it (the 600th wicket) happens today, it's for you and Jackson and Summer'," he said in a voice that wavered slightly with emotion.

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