Shamik Das

Monday, January 01, 2007

And now, the end is near ...

Shane Warne and Glen McGrath take the acclaim of a packed MCG crowd at the end of their penultimate Test together

So here we are, just hours away from the final Test appearance of two of the greatest bowlers in the history of the game.

Showmen to the very end, they've chosen the perfect platform on which to bow out - with the prospect of an historic 5-0 whitewash of England in the offing!

It's doubtful whether we'll ever see their like again, that in future fate will be so kind as to allow numbers 1 and 3 in the list of Test wicket takers to play over 100 matches together.

Any milestones remaining? For Warney, one more wicket will take him to 1,000 international wickets; for McGrath, one more scalp and he gets to 900. How's that for coincidence?!? And for them both, the chance to make history with only the second ever Ashes clean sweep.

And so they face the final curtain, but more, much more than this,

The MCG scoreboard relays the information of Shane Warne's record breaking feat to his home audience

They did it theeeeiiirrrr way!

Listen live to full coverage of day one of the Fifth Test on Radio 4 198LW and the BBC Sport website from 11:00.


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