Warne announces retirement from competitive duty
Shane Warne has retired from all forms of cricket after confirming he will not play in this year's Big Bash tournament.
Last Updated: 22/07/13 3:46pm
Warne, who is the second-highest Test wicket-taker of all time with 708 in 145 Tests, helped lead the Melbourne Stars to the finals during the first two years of the Big Bash, Australia's domestic Twenty 20 competition.
But the 43-year-old, who quit Test cricket in January 2007, has now opted to concentrate on spending time with his family and other interests.
Warne said: "I think the time is right for me to hang up my Big Bash boots - juggling business, family and commentary commitments across two continents is not easy. I've always loved the game but now it's time to observe.
"It's going to be a huge summer for Australian cricket. I'm really looking forward to it and will be closely following the Melbourne Stars."
Warne was inducted into the International Cricket Council's Hall of Fame at Lord's on day two of the second Investec Ashes Test between England and Australia.
Stars coach Greg Shipperd said: "It was always a privilege to share a dressing room with Shane.
"His unique and exceptional skills will remain a symbol of excellence for generations to come.
"During his time at the Stars, Shane shared freely with his team-mates from his vault of strategic and mental understandings; he made us realise what makes a champion tick."