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Warne set to chase mark

By Michael Donaldson 28/03/2004 05:58:26 AM Comments (0)

Shane Warne will chase cricket history on the final day of the third Test against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.

Warne enters the final day of the Test match on 513 career wickets and he needs seven more to break the world record of 519 held by Courtney Walsh.

Warne was on track to break the world record when he came into the Test match poised on 511 scalps but he took only two wickets in Sri Lanka's first innings.

He is equal with great rival Muttiah Muralitharan, who moved to 513 after picking up 3-93 in Australia's second innings.

Australia has set Sri Lanka an almost impossible 370 to win the match.

Sri Lanka will resume on 0-18, needing another 352 runs on the final day at a rate of nearly four runs per over.

Sanath Jayasuriya is not out on 18 and first innings century-maker Marvan Atapattu is on five.

Sri Lanka has never lost a series 3-0 but is staring at that prospect after losing the other two Tests of the series.

The fourth day belonged to West Australian opener Justin Langer, who defied severe cramps to post 166 as Australia made 375 for an overall lead of 369.

Langer said the memory of Dean Jones battling dysentery and cramp in his heroic innings against India in Madras in 1986, helped get him through a tough period when he had cramps in both his legs.

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