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Since 1st March, 1999
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Lanka the real test: Warne

Colombo: Shane Warne feels Australia shouldn’t be thinking about a final berth in the Champions Trophy right now — that the team’s semi-final against Sri Lanka will be their toughest match.

“If we can beat Sri Lanka... I think we can win the whole thing,” Warne said before heading to the Maldives with his team-mates.

“Sri lanka will be the hardest to beat over here, in their own back-yard, they know the conditions and play well in front of their home crowd.”

Warne has been quiet so far in the tournament, bowling just two balls against New Zealand for a dropped catch and wicket to finish the innings, and then bowling 10 overs against Bangladesh.But the leggie thinks he will be a handful in the semi-final which will be played at the spin-friendly Premadasa Stadium.

“I’ve always done well in Sri Lanka,” he said. “The spinners can play a big role here in these conditions. I suppose I’m one of the key bowlers for us.”

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