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#OTD in 2005: Shane Warne became the first bowler to take 600 wickets in Test Cricket

On this day, seventeen years ago, the late Shane Warne became the first player to pick 600 wickets in the longest format. He achieved this miraculous feat by dismissing Marcus Trescothick in the third fixture of the Ashes 2005 at Old Trafford. 

England takes a significant lead in first innings

The hosts opted to bat first, and had an average start by losing Andrew Strauss (6) in the 10th over. However, Trescothick and skipper Michael Vaughan were flawless with their timing and composure to steer England at a brisk rate. However, Warne put an end to the 137-run stand by picking his historic 600th wicket in the form of Trescothick, who made his way into the hut for 63 off 117.

image-l6orlpv5Warne was Australia's best bowler on that tour

Then, Michael Vaughan's 166 powered the Three Lions to a mammoth score of 444. Brett Lee and Warne scalped four wickets apiece for the visitors. 

In response, Australia could score 302, with a top contribution of 90 from Warne. Simon Jones was the pick of the bowlers with six wickets to secure a lead of 142 for England. 

Australia produce a fightback to save the Test match

In the second innings, England declared on 280/6, with the contributions of Strauss (106) and Ian Bell (65). Glenn McGrath picked up a five-for the visitors. 

Chasing a tough target of 423, Australia got a support from Matthew Hayden (36) and Ricky Ponting (156) in the top-order. Apart from Michael Clarke (39), the rest of the middle-order failed to make an impact. 

It took the knocks of Warne (34) and Lee (18*) to help Aussies in finishing on 371/9 and save the Test match in a thrilling fashion.