Warne made his first-class
cricket debut in 1990-91, taking 0/61 and 1/41 for Victoria against
Western Australia at the Junction Oval in Melbourne. With Australia
searching for a leg spin bowler for its Test team, Warne was selected
in the Australia B team which toured Zimbabwe in September 1991.
His best performance was 7/52 in a four-day match. Back home, he
took 3/14 and 4/42 for Australia A against the West Indies in December
1991, and was rushed into the team for the Third Test against India
at the Sydney Cricket Ground a week later.
had an undistinguished debut, taking 1/150 (Ravi Shastri caught
by Dean Jones for 206) off 45 overs, and recording figures of 1/228
in his first Test series. His poor return continued in the first
innings against Sri Lanka at Colombo in the next year, in which
he recorded 0/107. However, a spell of 3 for 11 in the second innings
contributed to a remarkable Australian win and arguably saved his
Despite the inauspicious start
to his Test career, he has since revolutionised cricket thinking
with his mastery of leg spin, which many cricket fans had regarded
as a dying art. He has combined the ability to turn the ball prodigiously,
even on unhelpful pitches, with unerring accuracy and a wide variation
of deliveries (notably including the flipper).
Shane Warne Vs. England
of his most spectacular performances have occurred in Ashes series
against England, whose players' inexperience against leg spin bowling
made them particularly vulnerable. However, with feats like the
famous "Gatting Ball" or "Ball of the Century"
which spun sharply and bowled a bemused Mike Gatting in the 1993
Ashes series, most of the credit is Warne's. Warne has also been
highly effective bowling in one-day cricket, something few other
leg spin bowlers have managed. He is also noted for his exuberant
(and sometimes effective) lower-order batting, once famously being
dismissed for 99 with a reckless shot when a Test century beckoned,
on what was later shown to be a no ball. He has captained Australia
on several occasions in one-day cricket matches.