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Former Aussie captain laughs off Shane Warne's infamous 99 against Black Caps

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has laughed off the misfortune of longtime teammate Shane Warne, after his agonising dismissal for 99 against the Black Caps in 2001.

A capable lower order batsman, Warne's failure to score a century was the only blemish on a 145-Test career, in which he took 708 wickets.

The closest Warne came to triple figures just happened to be against the Black Caps in Perth, where the two sides will meet again starting this Thursday.

After the Black Caps won the toss and batted back in the 2001 series opener, centuries from Lou Vincent, Stephen Fleming, Nathan Astle and Adam Parore helped New Zealand post 534/9 first up.

In response, Australia found themselves in real trouble in their response, teetering at 192/6 when Warne came to the crease.

Warne would stroke a fluent 99 - a high score which he would never beat - before being caught looking to bring up his maiden Test ton, looking to deposit Daniel Vettori over the leg side, only finding Mark Richardson in the deep.

To make matters worse for Warne, replays showed that his final delivery was in fact a huge no-ball.

Australia would go on to save the match, the series finishing 0-0 after three Tests.

With the Black Caps' series with Australia to begin in Perth on Thursday, albeit at a different venue to the WACA Ground, former skipper Ponting reflected on Warne's agonising innings.

"To see him get that close, have one man out in the whole ground - deep midwicket," Ponting began.

"Trap set from Vettori, couldn't have bowled it any slower, and Warnie just chips it straight to the man at deep midwicket, then walks off disappointed with himself.

"It was disappointing, but there's a comical side to it all as well."