Shane Warne: Former Australia cricketer dies at the age of 52

Shane Warne is the second-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket history with 708 wickets in 145 Test matches for Australia; Warne produced 'Ball of the Century' to dismiss England batter Mike Gatting at Old Trafford in 1993; Warne worked as a pundit for Sky Sports following his retirement

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Shane Warne: Former Australia cricketer dies at the age of 52

Former Australia cricketer, Shane Warne confirmed dead

Legendary Australia cricketer Shane Warne, one of the greatest bowlers in history, has died at the age of 52.

Warne’s management released a statement saying he had died of a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand.

Warne’s management issued a statement stating that he died of a suspected heart attack on the Thai island of Koh Samui.

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The following was part of the statement: “Shane was discovered unresponsive in his villa, and despite medical staff’s best efforts, he was unable to be revived.

“The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course.”

Following the death of Warne, England‘s cricket team, along with the West Indies President’s XI, go silent.

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With 708 wickets in 145 matches, Warne is the second-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket history, trailing only Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan’s 800.

Shane Warne has a total of 1,001 international wickets, including 293 in 194 one-day internationals.

Warne will be remembered for bowling Mike Gatting out with the ‘Ball of the Century’ at Old Trafford in 1993, and he took 195 wickets at 23.25 with 11 five-fours and four 10-wicket match hauls against England.

Gatting recalls Warne’s remarkable delivery at Old Trafford in 1993, which was dubbed the “Ball of the Century.”

I knew it was a leg break, but I wasn’t expecting it to spin as much as it did. He didn’t expect it to spin that much, I’m not sure. He simply stated that he did his best to get it down the other end. It was, however, a little too good for me.

“The nice thing was that, as we always say, he said, ‘Thanks mate, that kicked off my career.’ The only thing I could say was that it was a little too good for me, as it was for many others who would follow in my footsteps.

“I don’t mind him doing that and getting 700-plus Test wickets; I’d be upset if he’d only gotten 37 Test wickets.

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“He had so many wonderful and unique ideas, and his enthusiasm and enjoyment were always evident. He had a strong desire to see people and the game improve.”

Warne was named one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century, alongside Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Jack Hobbs, and Sir Viv Richards, for his impact on the game.

Shane Warne worked as a pundit for Sky Sports since retiring from cricket in 2013, and Director of Cricket Bryan Henderson said: “Shane’s death has left us devastated. He was simply the best on the field. He was a wonderful and loyal friend off the field as well.

“Shane’s contribution to the game, as well as our shock and sadness that he has left us so soon, will be remembered by Sky Sports Cricket in the coming days. His magic on the field, in the commentary box, and in life will be remembered forever, and our hearts break for his family and friends on this most tragic of days.”

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Rod Marsh, the former Australia wicketkeeper, died of a heart attack at the age of 74, and Warne paid tribute to him on Twitter earlier on Friday.

Greats like Richards and Kumar Sangakkara were among those who expressed their shock and sadness over Warne’s death.

Sachin Tendulkar, India’s greatest cricketer, described himself as “shocked, stunned and miserable” by the news. Tendulkar tweeted a photo of the two together at the Lord’s bicentenary match in 2014, adding, “Will miss you Warnie.” On or off the field, there was never a dull moment when you were around. Our on-field duels and off-field banter will always be remembered fondly. You’ve always had a soft spot for India, and Indians have always had a soft spot for you.”

 

In honour of Warne, England’s men’s team observed a minute’s silence at their training base in Antigua and shared their condolences on social media.

“It has shocked us all in the dressing room,” captain Joe Root said. First and foremost, my thoughts are with his family and closest friends. To all of his loved ones, my heartfelt condolences. It’s difficult to know what to say, to be honest.

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“My impressions of Shane were of someone who genuinely enjoyed cricket, was always a pleasure to be around, and poured his heart and soul into the game.”

“Obviously, as a kid, he was a huge hero of mine and someone I aspired to be like. His ability to win a game on his own and his skill levels were astounding.

Joe Root, the England Test captain, has paid tribute to Shane Warne, describing him as an idol when he was younger.

“To have the opportunity to spend some time with him, get to know him a little bit – albeit not a lot – it’s deeply saddening to hear the news this morning.”

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Shane Warne died at  52 years old

Warne by numbers

708 – wickets for Warne in his 145 Tests, behind Sri Lanka star Muralitharan’s 800 but well ahead of third-placed England seamer James Anderson (640).

1,001 – Warne took another 293 wickets in one-day internationals to crack four figures for Australia in all formats – again only behind Muralitharan in the international record books.

99 – Warne’s best Test score as a batter – he has the most Test runs of any batsman not to make a century.

8-71 – his career-best figures across all first-class and limited-overs cricket, in a 1994 Test against England in Brisbane.

195 – Ashes wickets, the most in the competition’s history and 38 more than second-placed Glenn McGrath.

96 – Warne’s Test wicket tally in 2005, including 40 in a memorable Ashes series, remains a record for a player in a single calendar year. Muralitharan is closest behind him with 90 in 2006.

46 – 46 hat-tricks in Tests

Shane Warne always had a smile on his face’

Warne celebrates on the shoulders of Andrew Symonds and Matthew Hayden after Australia 's victory in the 2006 Melbourne Test
Warne celebrates on the shoulders of Andrew Symonds and Matthew Hayden after Australia ‘s victory in the 2006 Melbourne Test.

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