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Walsh lands test record.

COURTNEY WALSH admitted to being "drained" after becoming Test cricket's record wicket-taker of all time.

The 37-year-old Walsh moved to 435 victims with three for 21 in Zimbabwe's second innings of 102 at his home ground, Sabina Park, Jamaica.

Walsh broke Kapil Dev's six-year-old record of 434 wickets by dismissing Henry Olonga for two to wrap up the innings, and then claimed: "Mentally it's drained me."

The paceman was embraced by his team-mates after Wavell Hinds caught tailender Olonga at short-leg and celebrated by kissing the ground.Walsh, who was given a standing ovation as he led his team-mates off the field, feared the chance may have gone with Zimbabwe crumbling on the worn surface.

"When the wickets started tumbling it got a bit dicey and I wondered would I get it," he said, donned in a cap with '435' emblazoned on it.

"So when the skipper asked me whether I was ready to bowl I said 'great'.

"I was already heading in his direction because I needed to get a bowl. I wanted to hint to him that if he needed me to bowl I was ready.

"In the end I was just happy to get the wicket."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 28, 2000
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