Former Cricketer Shane Warne Dies Age Fifty Two

Former Accrington Cricket Club Bowler Passes Away Age Fifty Two

Former Accrington Cricket Club and legendary Australia cricketer Shane Warne, one of the greatest bowlers in history, has died at the age of fifty two. Warne, who is the second highest wicket-taker in test cricket history taking 708 wickets in 145 test matches appearances for Australia.

Shane Warne produced the ‘Ball of the Century’ to dismiss England batter Mike Gatting at Old Trafford in 1993 and following his retirement he worked as a much loved pundit for Sky Sports. Warne’s management company released a statement saying he had died of a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui. The statement read, “Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived. The family requests privacy at this time and further details will be given in due course.”

The leg-spinner, finished just ninety-two test wickets behind the great Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan’s tally of 800 test wickets. Warne, however took 1,001 international wickets in total, having also picked up 293 in 194 one-day internationals. Reflecting on the “Ball of the Century” former England batsman Mike Gatting told Sky Sports News, “I knew that it was a leg break, but I didn’t expect it to spin that much. I’m not sure, he expected it to spin that much. He just said he tried to get it down the other end, as best he could. Well, it was a bit too good for me.

The nice thing was, I suppose, as we always say, he said: ‘Thanks mate for that, it started my career off’. The only thing that I could say was that it was a bit too good for me, like many others who were to suffer the same fate. I don’t mind him having done that and got 700-odd Test wickets; I’d have been really upset if he’d have only got 37 Test wickets. He was just hugely inspirational. He just loved the game. He was so competitive; he had a great understanding of the game, and it was great just talking to him about the game. He had so many lovely ideas and different ideas, and his passion and enjoyment was always there. He always wanted to see people improve and the game improve.”

Most Career Wickets In Test Match History

Player PeriodBallsRunsWkts
1S Warne (AUS)1992-200740,70517,995708
2S Broad (ENG)2007-202230,57514,932537
3R Herath (SL)1999-201825,99312,157433
4N Kapil Dev (INDIA)1978-199427,74012,867434
5M Muralitharan (ICC/SL)1992-201044,03918,180800
6J Anderson (ENG)2003-202236,39617,014640
7G McGrath (AUS)1993-200729,24812,186563
8D Steyn (SA)2004-201918,60810,077439
9C Walsh (WI)1984-200130,01912,688519
10A Kumble (INDIA)1990-200840,85018,355619

Warne’s impact on the game saw him named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century, alongside Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Jack Hobbs and Sir Viv Richards. Since retiring from the game in 2013, he worked as a pundit for Sky Sports and coached London Spirit in the inaugural edition of The Hundred in 2021.

Shane Warne tweeted early on Friday (1.53am) to pay tribute to Rod Marsh following the former Australia wicketkeeper’s passing from a heart attack at the age of 74. The world of sport paid tribute to Shane Warne, with greats like Richards and Kumar Sangakkara among those expressing their shock and sadness.

India great Sachin Tendulkar proclaimed himself “shocked, stunned and miserable” at the news. Tweeting a picture of the pair together at the Lord’s bicentenary match in 2014, Tendulkar added, “Will miss you Warnie. There was never a dull moment with you around, on or off the field. Will always treasure our on-field duels & off-field banter. You always had a special place for India & Indians had a special place for you.”

Captain Joe Root said, “It has shocked us all in the dressing room. First thoughts go out to his family and his closest friends. Many condolences to all of his loved ones. I meant, it’s hard to know what to say really. My experiences of Shane were someone that absolutely loved the game of cricket, was always a joy to be around and gave so much energy to the sport. Obviously as a kid growing up was a massive idol of mine and someone you wanted to emulate.

The way he could win a game on his own and his skill levels were incredible. To have the opportunity to spend some time with him, get to know him a little bit, albeit not a lot it’s deeply saddening to hear the news this morning.”England’s men’s team held a minute’s silence at their training base in Antigua in tribute to Shane Warne and posted their tributes on social media.

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