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Shane Warne

Shane Warne is relishing the chance to join a star-studded Sky Sports commentary box

Shane Warne has joined the Sky Sports commentary team for this summer’s Ashes between England and Australia.

The legendary Australia leg-spinner, whose tally of 708 wickets in 145 Tests puts him second in the all-time list of Test bowlers, is the latest addition to a stellar line-up featuring Sir Ian Botham, David Gower, Mike Atherton, Nasser Hussain, Michael Holding and David Lloyd.

“I can’t wait to join the Sky Sports team,” said Warne, who retired from international cricket after Australia reclaimed the Ashes in early 2007. He took 195 wickets during eight series against England, seven of which Australia won.

“I loved playing in the Ashes, I love watching cricket and I love talking about it. If I’m not playing, the best place to be is in the Sky Sports commentary box and I look forward to working alongside the guys throughout the series.”

Botham said: “Warney is special - full stop. It’s going to be terrific for the viewers, and great for the commentators, to have him with us in the box for the Ashes.

“He has been a great friend over the years and I’m sure there’ll be some good banter between us on air.

"He has some really original thoughts and ideas on the game and he will bring another dimension to the Sky Sports coverage.”

The first of five Ashes Test gets under way in Cardiff on July 8.

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