- England cricketers pay tribute to Shane Warne with a minute’s silence before the fourth day of his tour match in Antigua…
- England cricket team pays tribute to iconic Australian player Shane Warne
- Australian cricket hero has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 52
- Ben Stokes led the team in honoring Warne before the fourth day of his tour.
The England cricket team paid tribute to iconic Australian player Shane Warne with an emotional minute of silence after his sad passing. The Australian cricketer-turned-expert passed away today of a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand.
The national team was quick to react to the tragic news by honoring the former cricket great, before play resumed on day four of their warm-up match against the West Indies in Antigua, as they prepare for a Test series.
England players and staff observe a minute’s silence in memory of Shane Warne during day four of the tour match against West Indies.
Ben Stokes (centre) and his England team-mates paid their respects to legendary Australian foot-thrower Warner in Antigua. Ben Stokes led the England team as they stood with their heads bowed in silence for a minute before clapping their hands to pay their respects to former Australian captain Warne. Vice captain Stokes also found time to tweet before returning to the field.
He tweeted: ‘Australian legend. It was an honor meeting you and working with you. This man is a legend.’
England also paid tribute saying: ‘One of the greatest of all time. A legend. A genius. You switched to Cricket. RIP Shane Warne. Warne recently hinted that he would become England’s next head coach when Chris Silverwood was sacked. Shane Warne told the Sky News Cricket Podcast: ‘Yes, I think he would do a good job. I think there is a lot to work with, but you wouldn’t call me a coach. I think they would call me team manager. I would like to do it, there are so many good players in England, you have so much depth, you just have to get some of the basics right.
Warne had recently hinted that he would become England’s next head coach when Chris Silverwood was sacked.
The larrikin playboy of Australian cricket took 708 wickets in his illustrious 15-year career, but was equally known for his life off the pitch as on it.
He handed out the Ball of the Century with his first ball of the 1993 Ashes tour, throwing Mike Gatting with a ball that came out of the leg stump and cut bail. and instantly he wrote himself into folklore.
He was suspended in 2003 for taking a banned substance, which he blamed on his mother for giving him a diuretic to “improve his appearance.” But he returned in 2004 and in the 2005 Third Ashes Test, he became the first bowler in history to take 600 Test wickets.
RIP The King of Spin pic.twitter.com/ZqoUv3deTH
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 4, 2022
Off the field, his exploits, beloved by the British tabloids, affected his marriage and he separated from his wife Simone, the mother of their three children.
Shane was more than one of the game’s all-time greats, he was someone who deeply cared about the sport and wanted everyone to love cricket the way he did.
— England and Wales Cricket Board (@ECB_cricket) March 4, 2022
He was famously photographed in the News of the World in his underwear with models Coralie Eichholz and Emma Kearney following their divorce. But he shocked the world when he got engaged to, and then engaged to, English actress Liz Hurley in 2010, before the pair finally split in 2013. She reimagined him from flamboyant Aussie to dashing gentleman with a dapper new look and tamed some of his party spirit.
Tributes to Warne have come from former and current cricket stars along with sports stars.