Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday said that legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne will be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on July 19, during the tea interval of the second Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord's.

Warne will become the 69th male member to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and he will join 2012-13 inductees - Brian Lara of West Indies, England's Enid Bakewell and former Australian team-mate Glenn McGrath. Lara and Bakewell were inducted in September last year at the LG ICC Awards in Colombo and McGrath during the Sydney Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in January this year.

Warne represented Australia in 145 Tests between 1992 and 2007, claiming 708 Test wickets at an average of 25.41. He was the first cricketer to scalp 700 Test wickets and incidentally, is still the only Test player to date, to have scored more runs without hitting a century.

He also played in 194 ODIs, claiming 293 wickets at an average of 25.73 and was a part of the Australian side which won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1999 at Lord's against Pakistan alongside fellow Hall of Famers Glenn McGrath and Steve Waugh.

His performance at the match saw him named Player of the Match after he returned with figures of 9-1-33-4. Talking on the induction, Warne said, “I'm very honoured and proud to be announced as an inductee into the ICC Hall of Fame later this month and I'd like to thank the voting academy very much for even considering me."

"I'm looking forward to celebrate my induction with my friends and family in front of the crowd at Lord's during the second Ashes Test."


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