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Warne sets up Aussie win with 500th wicket

GALLE, Sri Lanka, March 12 - Australia recover from 1st innings slump to take the first test with a 197-run win against Sri Lanka on Friday. Shane Warne became the first spinner in history to take 500 test wickets on his comeback from a 12-month drugs ban as he inspired Australia to a .

Warne, who took three front-line wickets in three overs in the morning session, was mobbed by his team mates after removing Hashan Tillakaratne shortly after lunch on the final day of the first test to reach the landmark.

He then removed tailender Kumar Dharmasena to complete a 10-wicket match haul as Sri Lanka, chasing 352 to win, were bowled out for 154 in an extraordinary turnaround.

The 34-year-old leg spinner, rushed back into the test squad after a single first-class match, had begun his 108th test with 491 wickets. He ended with five for 43 from 15 overs in the second innings after his five for 116 in the first.

Former West Indies pace bowler Courtney Walsh is the only man to have taken more test wickets than Warne, with 519.

Australia's victory came after they had conceded a 161-run first-innings deficit, only for Matthew Hayden, Damien Martyn and Darren Lehmann to score centuries in a second innings of 512 for eight declared.

Warne was banned after testing positive for a diuretic on the eve of last year's World Cup. He said he had unknowingly take the drug in a slimming pill given to him by his mother. Diuretics can be used to mask the use of other drugs.

Warne, starting Friday on 496 wickets, snapped up the wickets of Marvan Atapattu, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene before lunch.

Sri Lanka lost four wickets for 15 runs in the space of 29 deliveries to slump to 86 for five at lunch.

Atapattu (16) edged a bouncing leg break to slip. Dilshan lasted eight minutes before falling lbw, outwitted by a quicker, flatter delivery and the spinner then grabbed wicket number 499 when Jayawardene (21) edged a leg break to Matthew Hayden at slip.

Andrew Symonds had a hand in the 500th wicket, completing a simple catch at short mid-wicket.

The Sri Lankans' second innings folded in 45.2 overs. The second of the three-test series begins in Kandy on Tuesday.

Off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, Warne's great rival and also playing in the Galle match, has taken 496 test wickets.