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Decision on Warne today

Sydney: Drug-tainted leg-spinner Shane Warne’s career hung in the balance after the Australian Cricket Board adjourned till Saturday its hearing on the cricketer’s doping charges.

The three-member panel — including Justice Glen Williams of the Queensland state Court of Appeal, former Test off-spinner Peter Taylor and medical specialist Susan White — was expected to continue its deliberations in Melbourne overnight and deliver its verdict at 11.00 the next morning.

“They will consider their position overnight and hope to be in a position to issue a determination here tomorrow,” said an ACB spokesperson.

Warne, Australia’s highest wicket-taker, tested positive for diuretics ahead of the World Cup and returned home from South Africa without playing a match. The 33-year-old bowler, who had already announced his retirement from one-day Internationals, faces a two-year ban, which is likely to put an end to his Test career too.

The ACB has charged Warne with using a prohibited method, rather than a prohibited substance.

Warne made an amazingly fast recovery from a shoulder injury he sustained during a one-day International against England last December.

After being ruled out for at least six-weeks, he returned to domestic action in mid-January in the lead-up to the World Cup.

Warne claimed he took a ‘slim-down’ tablet given by his mother Brigitte on the day his urine samples were collected, and that he was not aware of its ingredients. (PTI)

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