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Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne retires from all cricket

Legendary cricketer will not play in this year's Big Bash Twenty20 tournament and will focus on family, business and television commentary.

Shane Warne, centre, is Test cricket's second-highest wicket-taker. Ian Kington / AFP
Shane Warne, centre, is Test cricket's second-highest wicket-taker. Ian Kington / AFP

Shane Warne, the former Australia leg-spinner, will not play at this summer's Big Bash tournament after announcing his retirement from the Melbourne Stars on Monday, thereby bringing an end to his competitive cricket career.

The 43 year old, who quit Test cricket in January 2007, is the second-highest Test wicket-taker of all time with 708 in 145 Tests, as well as 293 more in 194 one-day internationals.

Warne helped the Stars to the finals during the first two years of the Big Bash, but will not be seen in action for season three as he instead concentrates on spending time with his family and other interests outside cricket.

"I think the time is right for me to hang up my Big Bash boots – juggling business, family and commentary commitments across two continents is not easy," said Warne, who was inducted into the International Cricket Council's Hall of Fame (see gallery) at Lord's during the tea interval on day 2 of the second Ashes Test, where he was working as a television commentator.

"I've always loved the game but now it's time to observe.

"It's going to be a huge summer for Australian cricket. I'm really looking forward to it and will be closely following the Melbourne Stars."

Greg Shipperd, the Stars coach, paid tribute to Warne and acknowledged the player will be sorely missed.

"It was always a privilege to share a dressing room with Shane," Shipperd said.

"His unique and exceptional skills will remain a symbol of excellence for generations to come.

"During his time at the Stars, Shane shared freely with his team-mates from his vault of strategic and mental understandings; he made us realise what makes a champion tick."

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