Cricket clubs and enthusiasts from all around Staffordshire have been reacting to the news that bowling legend Shane Warne has died at the age of 52 after a suspected heart attack.
The Australian is branded by many as the sport’s best ever spin bowler, taking 708 test wickets in 15 years on the international stage.
He helped the Aussies win the 1999 World Cup, claiming skittling 293 batters in 194 ODIs from 1993 and 2005.
Warne hung up his whites for the final time in 2007 after a 5-0 Ashes whitewash of England. He then went into commentating and punditry.
A statement from his management company on Friday said: “Shane was found unresponsive in his villa (in Koh Samui, Thailand) and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived.”
He leaves behind a wife and three chidren.
The Staffordshire cricketing community reacted to the news on social media, many clubs expressing their sadness and shock…
One-time Cheadle Cricket Club batter Liam Livingston, who was subject to a £1million IPL club deal last month, also posted his tribute.
The news comes a day after fellow Australian cricket legend Rod Marsh had passed away.
Less than 24 hours ago, Warne had posted a tweet of condolence…
Warne featured for English county side Hampshire between 2000 and 2007, holding the captaincy during that time.
He also played against a Minor Counties XI side at Stone SP Cricket Club in Staffordshire in 1993, as shared below:
In a tweet the ECB said: “One of the greatest of all-time. A legend. A genius. You changed Cricket. RIP Shane Warne.”
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