Shane Warne to be inducted into Australian Cricket Hall of Fame

28/02/12 Category: Blog, Events, News Posted by:

Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne will be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame (ACHoF) at the 2012 Allan Border Medal

ACHoF chairman Mr David Crow today announced that Warne was the selection committee’s unanimous choice for induction in 2012.

The first cricketer to take 700 Test wickets, Warne is widely regarded as the greatest spinner – if not bowler – of all time. He was named as one of only five Wisden Cricketers of the Century in 2000.

“Shane Warne’s contribution to cricket has been enormous,” said Mr Crow. “He revived legspin, combining accuracy with variety and enormous turn, even on unhelpful pitches. It was the timing of his performances – in addition to his sheer weight of wickets – that further underlined his legendary status.

“Beyond his phenomenal record, Shane Warne changed the way cricket was played and has inspired a new generation of cricketers worldwide to take up the challenging craft of spin bowling.”

Shane Warne said he was surprised and delighted to be inducted into the ACHoF. He will fly from the USA to attend the ceremony in Melbourne on Monday evening. Speaking from New York City, he said: “To be inducted into the Hall of Fame is just a massive honour, and it makes me feel very proud. I’m glad I’m sharing this with my children and my family. When you look back, so many wonderful players have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. To be mentioned in the same breath as some of those cricketers who have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame, and to be inducted so soon after my international retirement, is a great privilege.

“I’m thinking about the Allan Border medals that I’ve attended and listened to people getting up and talking about these guys who played a long time ago and were wonderful cricketers.  Watching some of these guys growing up, and as kids pretending I was one of them with my brother in the backyard. To be joining such a small company is something I’m very proud of,” Mr Warne added.

The ACHoF was first proposed by the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) in 1995 and officially opened in 1996.  It is now located inside the National Sports Museum at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

With the support of Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria, 10 players were inducted at its official opening in 1996 and a further 25 have been welcomed since (see list over page).

The selection panel comprises MCC Cricket chairman Crow, former Test captains Bill Lawry and Richie Benaud, Australian Cricketers’ Association Chief Executive Paul Marsh, Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland, MCC assistant to CEO Peter French (secretary), and media representatives Tim Lane, Gideon Haigh and Mike Coward.

Mr Crow said the committee had also resolved at its meeting in December to take into account players’ 50-over and T20 performances in future, as well as review the guidelines to include female cricketers as possible future inductees. Furthermore, it formalised in the guidelines that players’ performances both on and off the field will be taken into consideration in assessing their eligibility.

Shane Warne career statistics (as at 24 February, 2012)

Batting and fielding averages

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

BF

SR

100

50

4s

6s

Ct

St

Tests

145

199

17

3154

99

17.32

5470

57.65

0

12

353

37

125

0

ODIs

194

107

29

1018

55

13.05

1413

72.04

0

1

60

13

80

0

T20

66

31

9

210

34*

9.54

228

92.10

0

0

15

7

18

0

 

Bowling averages

Mat

Inns

Balls

Runs

Wkts

BBI

BBM

Ave

Econ

SR

4w

5w

10

Tests

145

273

40705

17995

708

8/71

12/128

25.41

2.65

57.4

48

37

10

ODIs

194

191

10642

7541

293

5/33

5/33

25.73

4.25

36.3

12

1

0

T20

66

65

1428

1704

66

4/21

4/21

25.81

7.15

21.6

1

0

0

 

Australian Cricket Hall of Fame Inductees


1996

  • Fred Spofforth
  • John Blackham
  • Victor Trumper
  • Clarrie Grimmett
  • Bill Ponsford
  • Sir Donald Bradman
  • Bill O’Reilly
  • Keith Miller
  • Ray Lindwall
  • Dennis Lillee

2000

  • Warwick Armstrong
  • Neil Harvey
  • Allan Border

2001

  • Bill Woodfull
  • Arthur Morris

2002

  • Stan McCabe
  • Greg Chappell

2003

  • Lindsay Hassett
  • Ian Chappell

2004

  • Hugh Trumble
  • Alan Davidson

 

2005

  • Clem Hill
  • Rod Marsh

2006

  • Monty Noble
  • Bob Simpson

2007

  • Charles Macartney
  • Richie Benaud

2008

  • George Giffen
  • Ian Healy

2009

  • Steve Waugh

2010

  • Bill Lawry
  • Graham McKenzie

2011

  • Mark Taylor
  • Doug Walters

2012

  • Shane Warne

 

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