Australian legend Shane Warne dies at age 52

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Australian legend Shane Warne dies at age 52
Australian legend Shane Warne dies at age 52

Australian legend Shane Warne dies at age 52: Shane Warne, one of the iconic players of cricket, passed away

Australian legend Shane Warne dies at age 52: Shane Warne, widely regarded as one of the greatest players, smartest tactician and ultimate contestant in the long history of cricket, has passed away. He was 52 years old.

Known in the cricketing world as “Varney”, he revived and advanced the art of leg spin bowling after emerging on the international scene in the 1990s and is a central character in one of Australia’s most successful eras in the game. Was. He was one of the greatest showmen of cricket.

Fox Sports Television, which hired Warne as a commentator, cited a family statement early Saturday that he died of a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand.

“Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and, despite the best efforts of the medical staff, could not be revived,” the statement said.

Cricket Australia described Warne as “a true cricketing genius”.

Australian legend Shane Warne dies at age 52
Australian legend Shane Warne dies at age 52

“Shane’s strength of character and tremendous flexibility saw him bounce back from career-threatening finger and shoulder injuries, and his stamina and his strong will to win, and his confidence in Australia’s late 1990s and early 2000s were important factors in the beginning. (Australian legend Shane Warne dies at age 52)

Thailand’s police said a friend living in the same compound had gone to check on Warne when the cricket star did not turn up for dinner and found him unconscious in the villa. Warne was taken by ambulance to Thai International Hospital, but could not be saved. His body was shifted to Ko Samui Hospital for post-mortem.

The Australian men’s national team was informed of Warne’s death after playing the first day of the first Test match of the series against Pakistan in Rawalpindi.

Australia captain Pat Cummins said, ‘We all grew up watching Warney. “What we really loved about Warney was his showmanship, his charisma, his strategy, the way he prepared himself and the team around him to win games for Australia.

“The game was never the same after Warney emerged and the game will never be the same after he left. Rest in peace, King. (Australian legend Shane Warne dies at age 52)

Warne held the record for most Test wickets (708) when he retired in 2007 after his 145th match. Only Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has passed him with 800.

Famous cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew told the BBC, “Until Shane Warne came along, spinning was a dying art.”

Among the highlights of his career were back-to-back player-of-the-match awards in the semi-finals and finals of the 1999 Cricket World Cup, being named among the five cricketers of the 20th century by Wisden, colloquially Known as the Bible of Sport. and is part of five teams that won the Ashes against England. He also played 194 One Day Internationals.

Warne made a formidable Test debut against India in Sydney in 1992, but went on to become a key figure across all formats during one of the greatest continuous periods of dominance of any team in world cricket. (Australian legend Shane Warne dies at age 52)

By the time he was asked to bowl in the second innings of his third Test against Sri Lanka in ’92, he had accumulated career figures of 1–335, and he took three wickets without conceding a run in 13 balls. Match ended. Secure an impossible, narrow victory.

Warne was often given the ball when Australia were in trouble or desperate for wickets, and so was often able to turn the match around with mesmerizing spells of bowling,

He wrote himself into folklore when he delivered the “Ball of the Century” with his first toss of the 1993 Ashes tour, bowling a ball to Mike Gatting that was well outside the leg stump to clip the off bail. Turned from

 

“It’s one of those wonderful attractions in the game,” Gatting said in 2018. “One of those bits of history that belongs not only to me but to probably the best legspinner of all time.”

Warne is known as much for his life off the field as it is for him. (Australian legend Shane Warne dies at age 52)

Just before the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, he was banned for 12 months for taking a banned substance, which he said was a diuretic his mother gave him to “improve his appearance”. But in 2004 he made a comeback and became the first bowler in history to take 600 Test wickets in the third Ashes Test of 2005.

In 1998, the Australian Cricket Board confirmed that Warne and Mark Waugh had been fined four years earlier for providing pitch and weather information to an Indian bookie during Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka in 1994.

Warne’s adventures off the field had a huge impact on his marriage, and he was separated from wife Simone, the mother of his three children. He later formed a relationship and got engaged to English actress Liz Hurley in 2010. The pair eventually split in 2013.

Warne’s death at the age of 74 comes just hours after he expressed grief and condolences following the death of another Australian great wicketkeeper Rodney Marsh. (Australian legend Shane Warne dies at age 52)

“He was the legend of our great sport and an inspiration to many young boys and girls,” Warne wrote on Twitter. “Rod cared about cricket a lot and gave a lot – especially to the players in Australia and England. Sending lots of love and lots of love to Ross and family. RIP mate.”

Following the shock news of Warne’s death, tributes poured in from iconic cricket stars and high-profile fans including Mick Jagger and actor Russell Crowe.

India’s great Sachin Tendulkar posted on Twitter, “Warney will miss you.” “There was never a dull moment with you on or off the field. Will always cherish our on field duets and off field banquets. You always had a special place for India and Indians had a special place for you. Got too young!”

West Indies great Brian Lara echoed Tendulkar. (Australian legend Shane Warne dies at age 52)

“My friend is gone!!” Lara said. “We have lost one of the greatest players of all time!! RIP Varney!! you will be missed.”

Born in Upper Ferntree Street near Melbourne, Warne showed prodigious talent from an early age and won a sports scholarship to a prestigious high school. After a brief attempt to become a professional Australian rules football player in 1988, he went on to train at the Australian Cricket Academy in Adelaide and made his first-class debut in 1991.

Warne is survived by his children Jackson, Brooke and Summer, his parents Bridget and Keith, and brother Jason.

Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews, backed by Australia’s federal government, has offered a state funeral. (Australian legend Shane Warne dies at age 52)

“Anyone who has seen Shane Warne play will never forget him,” Andrews said. “To us, he was the greatest – but to his family, he was so much more. Our hearts are broken for Shane’s family and friends.”

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Associated Press reporter Chalida Ekvittayvechanukul in Bangkok and AP Sports Writers John Pye in Brisbane, Australia, Foster Niyamata in London and Steve Douglas in Sundsvall, Sweden, contributed to this report.

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