Island Cricket

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Muralitharan furious with Warne

Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan has labelled Shane Warne a "miserable man" as the relationship between the two brilliant spinners reached a new low.

Muralitharan was fuming after Warne this week called for his controversial bowling action to be tested under match conditions instead of the current practice of a laboratory setting.

He even suggested that he would not speak to the retired Warne at the unveiling of the Warne-Muralitharan trophy in Hobart.

"I am very disappointed with what he said," Muralitharan told Fairfax newspapers.

"He can't keep his mouth shut because he wants to keep making these comments. He must be a miserable man in his life.

"But that is his opinion and there is nothing I can do about it.

"Maybe he just doesn't want me to pass his record.

"Why else would he keep saying these things? I will shake his hand (at the presentation of the Warne-Muralitharan trophy) and go straight off the field instead of trying to be friendly."

Muralitharan is sitting on 702 wickets, needing seven more scalps to pass Warne as the highest Test wicket-taker before the second Test against Australia in Hobart starting Friday.

Their relationship has been testy in the past with Warne insinuating the rubber-wristed tweaker had collected more cheap wickets, having played many more Tests against easybeats Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.



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