Vale Shane Warne

05/03/22 Category: Featured, News Posted by:

Shane Warne (1969 – 2022)

“He’s the best thing that’s happened to the game in Australia for many years.” – Sir Donald Bradman, 1995.

 

For nigh on two decades, the best of Australian cricket revolved around its greatest showman, Shane Warne. Prodigious in spin, precise in accuracy and with a flourish to all that he did, Warne mastered cricket’s most arcane art and thus redefined leg-spin for good.

 

A proud Victorian, Warne was always a talented sportsman. Though he initially pursued a career in Australian Rules, he was quickly identified as a prodigious talent on the cricket field; his high, soaring leg-breaks earning him a First-Class debut in the 1990/91 season.

 

Quickly selected for an international debut thereafter, Warne became Australian cricket’s greatest entertainer. Over the course of 15 years at the highest level, he played 339 matches for Australia; dismissing batters and dazzling crowds in equal measure. An artist in every sense, he managed to blend together what Greg Baum described as a rich combination of “skill, novelty and drama,” meaning Warne’s stunning exploits with ball in hand were always as much a theatrical masterpiece as a technical one.

His unrivalled on-field achievements earning him the moniker, ‘King,’ Warne was simply the best. Such was his contribution to the game, that in 1995, Sir Donald Bradman described him as “the best thing that’s happened to game for many years.” The first bowler in the history of the game to reach 700 wickets in the Test arena, he did it in front of his adoring home fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2006. Going on to retire from the international game shortly after with 708 Test wickets, he sits atop the tree for Australian bowlers – his, a record that will likely never be surpassed.

A stunning resume inside the boundary rope, Warne would continue an enduring relationship with the game following his on-field retirement. Through his work as a commentator both at home and abroad and as a coach in the early years of the Indian Premier League, Warne always spoke with an informed voice of authority.

 His passion for developing young bowlers, too, continued in a great tradition of Australian leg-spin. One that began with Bill O’Reilly and was passed on to Richie Benaud, Warne shared a fervent desire to keep growing the craft – his efforts making it more irresistible than ever.

Named one of Wisden’s five Cricketers of the century, Warne is one of the best the game has ever seen. A World-Cup winner and Player of the Match in the Final, Warne was also the owner of a Test hat-trick and arguably the greatest delivery in the history of the game. Truly a once in a generation player, Warne was cricket’s modern revolutionary force, whose legacy will remain over the game for as long as it is played.

Read more about Shane Warne and his rich contribution to the game via our digital archives here.

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