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A shoulder injury has forced Shane Warne out of Australia's tour of New Zealand. The leg spinner said he will have treatment on his right shoulder which became increasingly sore during the drawn final Test against South Africa that ended on Tuesday. The brief New Zealand tour comprises four one-day games on 8, 10, 12 and 14 February but Australia will not replace Warne in their squad. Warne aims to be fit for their tour of India later this month.

Dave Richardson, who has kept wicket in all but one of South Africa's 43 Test matches since their readmission to international play in 1991, announced his retirement from international cricket yesterday. He will retire from the game completely at the end of the domestic season. Richardson, 38, said that an arthritic condition of his hip helped him make up his mind. He holds the South African Test record for 152 dismissals (150 catches, two stumpings) and he scored 1,359 runs, at an average of 24.27, scoring one century and eight 50s.

Worcestershire's left-arm spinner Richard Illingworth received a county record sum of pounds 271,275 from his benefit last year.

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