Australian cricket legend Shane Warne dies at 52

Australian cricket legend Shane Warne dies at 52

Shane Warne, who was considered to be the most famous bowler in the history of cricket and who helped Australia take home the World Cup in 1999, has passed away. He was 52.

Fox Sports television, which employed Warne as a presenter and quoted a statement from his family on Saturday morning that said that he passed away from an unspecified cardiac attack that occurred in Koh Samui in Thailand.

“Shane was found to be in a state of non-responsiveness at his residence and, despite the best efforts of the medical staff the patient was not brought back to life,” the statement said. “The family would like to remain in the privacy of the moment and will provide more details when we have them.”

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Police in Thailand confirmed that Warne’s body was taken into Ko Samui Hospital for an autopsy. Police said they didn’t discover any injuries on the body of Warne.

Also known as “Warnie,” Warne took 708 test wickets across the 145 games played for Australia between 1992 and 2007, the second highest number behind Sri Lanka great Muttiah Muralitharan’s 800 test wickets over 133 matches.

“Spinning was an art dying out, really until Shane Warne showed up,” cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew stated to the BBC.

Warne was also a part of five Ashes winning teams against England during his time in England.

Warne made his debut in the test at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1992 and grew into an important player across all formats during one of the longest long-lasting periods of dominance of any cricket team around the world.

He threw his “Ball of the Century” with his first toss during his 1993 Ashes tour, striking Mike Gatting with a ball that veered off the well-outside leg stump, only to hit the bail, instantly writing himself into the history books.

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“It’s one of the wonderful aspects of the game that is a highlight,” Gatting said in the year 2018. “One of those moments in history that is not just to me, but also to the most successful legspinner ever.”

Warne was praised for his character in the off field as he was on it.

He was disqualified for a year in 2003 due to taking a banned substance which was blamed on his mother who gave him a diuretic in order to “improve the appearance of his.” However, he was able to return in 2004 and during the 3rd Ashes test of 2005 , he became the first bowler in the history of cricket to win 600 wickets in a test.

In 1998 in 1998, The Australian Cricket Board admitted that Warne and Mark Waugh were fined for giving details about an Indian bookmaker during the visit to Sri Lanka in 1994.

Warne’s mishaps off the field wreaked havoc on his marriage, and he separated from his wife Simone who was one of the three kids he had. He then had a romance and was married with English model Liz Hurley in 2010. The couple eventually broke up in 2013.

He was raised in the outer Melbourne suburb known as Upper Ferntree Gully, Warne first played for the representative team after he was awarded an opportunity to study at Mentone Grammar, representing the University of Melbourne Club in the Victoria Cricket Association under-16 Dowling Shield competition.

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Then, he was a member of in the St. Kilda Cricket Club close to his hometown in Black Rock. After a brief time playing Australian rules football with the St. Kilda under-19 team in 1988, in which Warne made the reserve team, and then almost became a professional, Warne went to train at the Australia Cricket Academy in Adelaide.

The first time he played professionally was during the year 1991, at Junction Oval in the match between Victoria and Western Australia.

In the year also saw him being selected to his Australian B team, and then toured Zimbabwe in which he recorded his first five-wickets-or-more in a single innings.

Warne’s death occurred just an hour after he had expressed his sorrow and condolences over the loss of an Australian cricketer. A former wicketkeeper Rodney Marsh died Friday from heart attacks.

“Sad to learn about the passing of Rod Marsh has passed,” Warne wrote on Twitter. “He was a legend in our sport and an inspiration to numerous young girls and boys. Rod was a passionate fan of cricket and gave so much particularly to Australia and England players. We send lots and plenty of love to Ros and the entire family. Rest in peace, mate.”

This news about Warne’s defeat was a shock to players after the opening day of play for the first test of the series in Pakistan.

“Two legends of our sport are gone too soon,” Australia opener David Warner posted on Twitter. “I’m overwhelmed by words and this is incredibly sad. My prayers and thoughts go out to the Marsh and the Warne families.”

Sachin Tendulkar, who is considered to be to be one of the best batsmen and former Australian legend Don Bradman, said he was “shocked and astonished.”

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“Will be missing the great Warnie,” Tendulkar wrote on Twitter. “There was no dull moment when we had you either on or off the field. We will always cherish our games on the field and on field banter. There was always a unique spot for India and Indians held a special place for you. Gone too young!”

West Indian great Brian Lara echoed Tendulkar’s comment.

“Speechless in the moment,” Lara said. “I am not sure what to say about the situation. My friend has gone! We’ve lost one the Greatest Sportsmen of all time The loss of a legend! My heartfelt condolences go to the family of his deceased friend. Remember Warnie! We will miss you.”

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