Shane Warne announced yesterday that he has retired from all forms of cricket and will subsequently not be representing the Melbourne Stars at this year's Big Bash.

Warne retired from Test cricket after 2006/07 Ashes series in which Australia whitewashed England, the last time they won the series. 

Warne is the second highest wicket taker of all time in Test matches, behind Muttiah Muralitharan, with 708 wickets in 145 Tests. He also took 293 ODI wickets.

Warne is currently working as a commentator with Sky and also has been pursuing a career as professional poker player. 

He also enjoys a high-profile as a celebrity in both England and Australia and these three factors, alongside his busy family life, have led to his decision to not join up for a third season in the Big Bash.

"I think the time is right to hang up my Big Bash boots", said Warne in a statement. "Juggling business, family and commentary commitments across two continents is not easy".

Warne had previously bowed out of first class cricket in 2008 after leaving his beloved Hampshire, but continued to play Twenty20 cricket in the IPL with the Rajasthan Royals. 

He quit all forms of cricket in May 2011, but announced his return later that year to play in the inaugural Big Bash league for his hometown team the Melbourne Stars.

Warne was at the centre of controversy in this year's Big Bash league, after an on-field altercation with West Indies' all-rounder Marlon Samuels led to a one match ban and sizeable fine in the Melbourne derby. 

Warne hit Samuels with the ball and the West Indian responded by throwing his bat at the spinner during an angry clash at the MCG.

The spinner will be best remembered, not for his contribution to Twenty20 cricket, but as the greatest leg spinner to play the game and for the 'Ball of the century' that dismissed Mike Gatting in the 1993 Ashes Test match at Old Trafford that announced his arrival on the scene.

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