Shane Warne, the legendary Australian cricketer, died on Wednesday. He was one of the most successful bowlers in cricket history and a key member of Australia’s World Cup-winning sides.
He passed away after facing health issues for some time. His passing has been met with a flood of tributes from players, coaches and fans alike.
Here are some highlights from his life and career in pictures.
Shane Warne’s Biography
Shane Warne was born on September 13, 1969. He is a former Australian cricketer who was born to parents John and Tania in Lower Plenty, Victoria.
Growing up, Warne had an affinity for cricket and natural talent for the sport. He represented his school and district at junior level while continuing to pursue a career in professional cricket.
In 1987 Warne made his first-class debut for Victoria against Western Australia and took 3/135 with his leg spin bowling. The following year he played four matches during the 1988 English season before taking part in the 1988-89 Ashes series as a 19-year old Xaverian College student.
Warne’s international debut came at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 1992 against Pakistan when he took 5/117 in Pakistan’s first innings and 2/26 in their second innings as Australia won by 38 runs.
Shane Warne’s life and career
Shane Warne was born in Victoria in 1965 and made his first-class debut for Victoria as a 17-year-old. He played for Australia at 18, making him the youngest player to be selected for the country.
He went on to play for Australia between 1988 and 2007, taking 708 wickets from 145 matches. He held the world record number of Test wickets until April 2007, when he was overtaken by Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka.
Warne’s career highlights include winning the World Cup in 1999, being named one of Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Century in 2000 and being inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
Shane Warne’s last days
Warne was admitted to hospital in Melbourne on Sunday, December 30th, with a serious chest infection. He underwent successful treatment and left hospital on January 5th. However, he was readmitted to hospital in Sydney the following Monday due to rapid deterioration in his condition.
Doctors at Prince of Wales Hospital were unable to revive him, despite “aggressive” treatment.
Reaction to Shane Warne’s death
A number of players, coaches and fans have paid tribute to Warne following his death.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting wrote: “He was a champion on the field and a champion off it. One of the all time greats with the ball or as a batsman.”
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar tweeted: “You were such an inspiring player – one who brought joy to so many people across the world with your performances.”
England’s all-time leading wicket-taker James Anderson tweeted: “So sad to hear about Shane Warne passing away. What an absolute legend on and off the field. Thoughts are with his family.”
English cricket commentator David Lloyd said Warne was “one of the best ever” in an era that also included South Africa’s Dale Steyn, Pakistan’s Wasim Akram and New Zealand’s Richard Hadlee.
Shane Warne, the Australian cricketer, died on December 27, 2017. He was one of the most successful bowlers in the world and one of the most charismatic figures in cricket. He played with the Australian national team from 1985 to 2007, and was captain from 2000 to 2003.
Warne will be remembered for his achievements on the cricket field and for his many controversies off the pitch.