Warne–Muralidaran Trophy

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Warne–Muralidaran Trophy
Countries  Australia
 Sri Lanka
Administrator Cricket Australia
Sri Lanka Cricket
Format Test cricket
First tournament 2007–08
Last tournament 2012–13
Next tournament 2016
Tournament format Test Series
Number of teams 2
Current trophy holder  Australia
Most successful  Australia (3 titles)
Most runs Australia Michael Hussey (994)
Most wickets Sri Lanka Rangana Herath (28)
Sri Lankan cricket team in Australia in 2012–13

The Warne–Muralidaran Trophy is awarded to the winner of the AustraliaSri Lanka Test cricket series from 2007–08 season onwards. The trophy is named after the two leading wicket takers in Test cricket, Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan (who prefers to romanise his name as "Muralidaran"[1]) and Australia's Shane Warne.[2] The trophy celebrates the 25th anniversary of Australia–Sri Lanka Test cricket.[3] The trophy features casts of the two bowlers' right hands and match-used cricket balls bowled by them during their careers.[4] Sri Lanka Cricket, the governing body of cricket in Sri Lanka had written to its Australian counterpart, Cricket Australia, that the winner of the series should be awarded a trophy named after the two bowlers.[5] Cricket Australia had responded positively to the Sri Lankans' proposal. In unveiling the trophy, Cricket Australia said in a statement,

...The two greatest bowlers in world cricket history have lent their names to a perpetual prize that will be played for in the Test series between Australia and Sri Lanka.[3]

The Warne–Muralidaran trophy became the latest addition to the series of trophies named after former players such as the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, for Test series between Australia and India and the Chappell–Hadlee Trophy which is contested between Australia and New Zealand in ODI format.[6]



Before the Warne–Muralidaran Trophy, (1983–2004), Australia and Sri Lanka had played each other 18 times in the 21-year period, there had been four tours each in each country. Out of the 18 tests Australia had won 11 times while Sri Lanka had won only once, in 1999, and 6 Tests had been drawn.[7] The following were all regular, not Warne-Muralidaran Tests between the two countries:

Inaugural series[edit]

Shane Warne retired from cricket in 2007 with 708 wickets against his name and Muttiah Muralitharan played the 2007–2008 series eight wickets short of Warne's tally at the start of the series.[8] Ricky Ponting stated that he was determined to deny Murali from getting the nine wickets required to surpass Warne as the highest wicket taker in Test cricket while in Australia.[9] At the end of the series Muralitharan had bagged only four wickets. Australia won the test series and the trophy 2–0.[10] In the second Test, Kumar Sangakkara was given out when the ball actually hit his shoulder on 192 by umpire Rudi Koertzen.[11] After the match Koertzen apologised to Sangakkara. During the series Marvan Atapattu, former Sri Lankan cricket captain criticised the selecting board of Sri Lanka Cricket saying the selectors were a group of "Muppets headed by a joker" referring to chairman of selectors, Ashantha de Mel.[9] Atapattu retired from cricket at the end of the series.

2011 series[edit]

On the second day of the first Test, Nathan Lyon took his first wicket in tests with his first ball, his victim was Kumar Sangakkara; he is the 14th international player and 2nd Australian to do so. He finished with figures of 5/34, becoming the 131st player to take five wickets on debut in a Test match.[12] Also, Trent Copeland took his first wicket in tests with his second ball; his victim was Tillakaratne Dilshan. Also in the first test the ICC admitted that the hawk-eye or eagle-eye made an error.

On the first day of the third Test Shaminda Eranga got his first wicket in Tests with his first ball (repeating Nathan Lyon's feat in the first Test); his victim was Shane Watson. Also on the first day Shaun Marsh achieved an average of 209, the highest ever by an Australian. Michael Hussey was Man of the Match for all three test matches and was also awarded Man of the Series.

2012–13 series[edit]

Australia completed a clean-sweep of the series, winning 3–0.

List of Warne–Muralidaran Trophy series[edit]

  Australia won
  Retained by Australia
  Sri Lanka won
  Retained by Sri Lanka
Series Season Played in First match Tests
played (sched)
Tests won
by Australia
Tests won
by Sri Lanka
Player of the Series Series
Holder at
series end
1 2007–08 Australia 8 November 2007 2 2 0 0 Brett Lee Australia Australia
2 2011 Sri Lanka 31 August 2011 3 1 0 2 Michael Hussey Australia Australia
3 2012–13 Australia 14 December 2012 3 3 0 0 Michael Clarke Australia Australia
4 2016 Sri Lanka July/August 3
5 2018–19 Australia January/February 2019 2
Australian Test wins (as of January 2013) Sri Lankan Test wins (as of January 2013) Draws
6 0 2



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  4. ^ "New Warne-Muralidaran Test trophy announced". cricket.com.au. Cricket Australia. 19 September 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
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