Shane Warne
Australian cricketer
Shane Warne
Shane Keith Warne is an Australian former international cricketer widely regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the game. In 2000, he was selected by a panel of cricket experts as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century, the only specialist bowler selected in the quintet and the only one still playing at the time. He is also a cricket commentator and a professional poker player.
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Zac Goldsmith's tax tears almost invoke sympathy for the super-rich
Guardian (UK) - about 1 year
John Crace’s digested week: from Shane Warne’s evolutionary exclamations and brainbox Prince George to Boriswatch and San Fran riff-raff Monday With a ball in his hand, Shane Warne was a genius. Without one, rather less so. On the Australian version of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!, the former Test leg-spinner appeared to cast doubt on the theory of evolution by asking the dancer, Bonny Lythgoe – no me, neither – why, if humans had evolved from monkeys, hadn’t monkeys managed to evolve as well. Warne then observed that it must be because humans came from aliens. No wonder Liz Hurley fell for him. Continue reading...
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'I'm saying we started from aliens' – Shane Warne casts doubt on evolution
Guardian (UK) - about 1 year
On reality show I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, former Australian cricketer asks if humans evolved from monkeys, why haven’t today’s monkeys evolved? Former Australian cricketer Shane Warne has cast doubt on the theory of evolution, observing that if all humans really did evolve from monkeys, “then why haven’t those ones [monkeys today] evolved?” He offered his own view – that extraterrestrials intervened in the process – during Monday’s episode of the Australian series of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Continue reading...
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Australia mull two spinners for Sydney test v Windies
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A painful ankle injury to paceman Peter Siddle and the impressive pace of all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has boosted Australia's chances of playing two specialist spinners on home soil for the first time in a decade. Having defeated West Indies in Melbourne to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, Australia host the third and final test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the nation's only wicket that could be called 'spin-friendly'. The SCG hosted Australia's last two-pronged spin assault on a home wicket, when legspinners Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill teamed up in a 2006 defeat of South Africa.
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It's cricket's turn at bat at Dodger Stadium, where all-stars will play
LATimes - over 1 year
It was almost a year ago that Shane Warne picked up the phone to call his friend in India. As one of the top cricketers in history, the Australian had an idea he wanted to share with another great from the sport, Sachin Tendulkar. "We are both very passionate about the game," Warne said. "And we...
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Cricket-Johnson revived as Australia bid to wrap up series
Yahoo News - over 1 year
By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Nov 11 (Reuters) - A rejuvenated Mitchell Johnson needs only one victim to become Australia's third-highest test wicket-taker but will hope for a bigger haul at his home ground in Perth, where New Zealand will be fighting to keep the three-match series alive. The mercurial left-armer's four wickets in the 208-run thrashing in Brisbane took him level with fellow paceman Brett Lee on 310 wickets and behind only fast bowling great Glenn McGrath (563) and inimitable legspinner Shane Warne (708). Johnson revealed during the Gabba test he had come through another period of introspection in the wake of Australia's 3-2 Ashes series loss this year as he approached his 34th birthday.
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Cricket-Luring U.S. fans the target for All-Stars
Yahoo News - over 1 year
By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Forget, for the moment, the sight of hard-hitting New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy blasting home runs at Citi Field or Los Angeles pitching ace Clayton Kershaw hurling his lethal fastball at Dodger Stadium. Picture instead the image of Shane Warne ripping a big-spinning leg-break to claim a wicket or master batsman Sachin Tendulkar unleashing a trademark straight drive for four runs at one of the iconic baseball stadiums in the United States. This is what cricket fans can expect over the next eight days when Australian Warne and Indian Tendulkar, as opposing captains, renew their legendary rivalry in three Twenty20 matches involving some of the sport's best ever practitioners.
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Shane Warne brings cricket to America
CNN - over 1 year
Australian cricketing legend Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar are bringing the Cricket All-Stars Series 2015 to the United States.
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Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne Sell Cricket to New Yorkers
NYTimes - over 1 year
Tendulkar and Warne, two of the world’s best cricket players, will lead teams of retired cricketers in three exhibitions in the United States, including one on Saturday at Citi Field.
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Shane Warne warns no Kevin Pietersen spells whitewash this summer for England
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Shane Warne warned England they face losing all seven Tests this summer following the decision to rule out a Kevin Pietersen comeback.
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Shane Warne backs Alex Hales to replace Jonathan Trott for England
Dispatch - almost 2 years
Australia legend Shane Warne believes Alex Hales is the man to replace Jonathan Trott at the top of the England batting-order.
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Former cricketer, commentator Benaud has private funeral
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
SYDNEY (AP) — A private funeral service attended by ex-players Shane Warne and Ian Chappell was held Wednesday for former Australia cricket captain and commentator Richie Benaud.
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Cricket great Shane Warne slammed for drinking comments
CNN - almost 2 years
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Captain Clarke could have played WC opener, says Warne
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Melbourne, Feb 13 (IANS) Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne Friday said Australian captain Michael Clarke is fitter than he has been in the last five years and should have been picked for Australia's World Cup opener against England Saturday. Warne said the 33-year-old Clarke is "ready to go" for the 14-nation quadrennial tournament in the Antipodes. Cricket Australia (CA) did not want to risk him by rushing him to play against England in the opener but Warne feels otherwise.
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Billy Ray Cyrus Releases “Achy Breaky Heart” Rap Video Complete With ... - Idolator: All About The Music
Google News - about 3 years
Idolator: All About The Music Billy Ray Cyrus Releases “Achy Breaky Heart” Rap Video Complete With ... Idolator: All About The Music Billy Ray Cyrus has come good on his threat to release a hip hop version of his 1992 mega-hit “Achy Breaky Heart”. A collaboration with rapper Buck 22, the track — now called “Achy Breaky 2″ — features snippets of the country classic interspersed with bad ... Nothing Will Prepare You for Billy Ray Cyrus' 'Achy Breaky Heart' SequelABC News (blog) Shane Warne pens his own Achy Breaky Heart as Billy Ray Cyrus song gets re ...Sydney Morning Herald Billy Ray Cyrus puts hip-hop spin on 'Achy Breaky Heart' revampSan Francisco Chronicle (blog) Hollywood News Daily -Extra -USA TODAY all 275 news articles »
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Elizabeth Hurley: I Did Not Have Sex With Bill Clinton!
The Hollywood Gossip - about 3 years
Elizabeth Hurley is emphatically denying a report that she had an affair with Bill Clinton while he was U.S. President and she was dating Hugh Grant. The 48-year-old actress implied to her Twitter followers that she was considering legal action over the spurious reports originally made by Radar Online. “Ludicrously silly stories about me & Bill Clinton,” she wrote. “Totally untrue. In the hands of my lawyers. Yawn.” Elizabeth Hurley-Bill Clinton Affair The celebrity gossip site, in reporting the story, cited audio footage from Hurley’s rumored ex-lover, Black Hawk Down star Tom Sizemore, talking about it. Not only did Sizemore discuss in detail how Elizabeth Hurley and Bill Clinton had a love affair, he says he set the two of them up back in 1998. Sizemore also alleged that he personally enjoyed a three-year affair with Liz Hurley while she was engaged to Hugh Grant in the early 1990s. Hurley, who recently split from Australian ex-cricket playe ...
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Sachin, Warne to lead teams at Lord's
The Times Of India - about 3 years
Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne will be in action at Lord's after the pair were confirmed as captains for a match marking the ground's 200th anniversary.     
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Warne to coach Aus spinners for T20 WC
The Times Of India - about 3 years
Bowling great Shane Warne was on Thursday named as spin coach ahead of Australia's World Twenty20 campaign starting in Bangladesh in March 2014.     
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Island Life Reveals Relaxed Side of Malaysia
Huffington Post - about 3 years
I've never held a fishing rod before, let alone do whatever you do with one. Though the guess is, all going well, that what I should do is catch a fish. No one is holding their breath, however, because I don't even know how to throw the line into the water, but ten minutes later I've landed a sea bass that would feed 12. Needless to say, I am not wrestling with giant, ocean-going creatures a la Ernest Hemingway, but grappling with more results-oriented angling at a fish farm with several helpers and a few dogs who gallop around the pens to fend off predatory sea otters. We pull up in our boat, hop off, hook our catch of the day and zoom away again. Instant gratification is not generally a big part of angling, but in the Tropics, it's too hot for things to happen slowly. Especially as this is just the beginning of the Chef's Kitchen Experience at Pangkor Laut Resort. Roughly half way between the capital Kuala Lumpur and the UNESCO world heritage site of George Town, Penang, ...
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Cricket-Bell out to sound Ashes death knell for Australia
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Amlan Chakraborty Nov 18 (Reuters) - Ian Bell has come a long way since notorious sledger Shane Warne first likened him to the red-haired nerd from the comedy film American Pie, and with Australia facing the prospect of a fourth successive Ashes defeat it is the England batsman who could be having the last laugh. Bell's early susceptibility to spin bowling at one stage threatened to derail his career and leave him in the bin marked "unfulfilled potential", and Warne could not resist having a dig during England's ill-fated 2006-7 Ashes tour. The 31-year-old was the difference between the sides in England's 3-0 Ashes victory at home earlier this year, hitting centuries in their three unanswered victories at Trent Bridge, Lord's and Chester-le-Street. He wasted precious little time hitting his straps on his third Ashes tour of Australia, his 115 in the Perth warm-up match suggesting he was preparing to torment Australia again.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Shane Warne
  • 2016
    Age 46
    In February 2016 Warne stated, while appearing on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, that he does not believe in the scientific theory of evolution, and that he thinks humans have descended from "aliens".
    More Details Hide Details Warne has three children—Brooke, Summer and Jackson—with his ex-wife Simone Callahan. Since retirement, Warne has been doing "work for the Shane Warne Foundation... which assists seriously ill and underprivileged children." Since launching in 2004, the charity has distributed £400,000; its activities include a charity poker tournament and a breakfast and "by the end of our summer, we hope to have raised £1.5 million." Warne's private life has been beset by scandals and subjected to scrutiny by British tabloid newspapers. He came under criticism for text messaging a woman while on tour in South Africa, accused of sending lewd and harassing messages. However, the woman who made the claims was subsequently charged with extortion in her own country. In 2000, he lost his Australian vice-captaincy after sending erotic text messages to a British nurse. He was also involved in an altercation with some teenage boys who took a photo of him smoking; Warne had accepted a sponsorship of a nicotine patch company in return for quitting smoking.
  • 2014
    Age 44
    In July 2014, he captained the Rest of the World side in the Bicentenary Celebration match at Lord's.
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  • 2013
    Age 43
    In 2013, Warne was fined $4500 and banned for one match for using obscene language, making inappropriate physical contact with a player or official (Marlon Samuels) and showing serious dissent at an umpire's decision during a BBL match.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, Cricket Australia and Sri Lanka Cricket decided to name the Australia- Sri Lanka Test cricket series, Warne–Muralidaran Trophy in honour of Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan.
    In July 2013, he officially retired from all formats confirming that he won't be captaining the Melbourne Stars in BBL.
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    In 2013 Warne was fined $4500 and banned for one match for using obscene language, making inappropriate physical contact with a player or official (Marlon Samuels) and showing serious dissent at an umpire's decision during a BBL match.
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    He officially retired from all formats in July 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Warne played his first Test match in 1992, and took over 1000 international wickets (in Tests and One-Day Internationals), second to this milestone after Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan. Warne's 708 Test wickets was the record for the most wickets taken by any bowler in Test cricket, until it was also broken by Muralitharan on 3 December 2007. A useful lower-order batsman, Warne also scored over 3000 Test runs, and he holds the record for most Test runs without a century. His career was plagued by scandals off the field; these included a ban from cricket for testing positive for a prohibited substance, charges of bringing the game into disrepute by accepting money from bookmakers, and sexual indiscretions. As well as the Australian National Cricket Team, he also played Australian domestic cricket for his home state of Victoria, and English domestic cricket for Hampshire. He was captain of Hampshire for three seasons, from 2005 to 2007.
  • 2011
    Age 41
    Hurley and Warne's engagement was confirmed in late 2011. On 17 December 2013, WHO Magazine reported that the couple had "called off" their engagement.
    More Details Hide Details In early December 1998, the Australian Cricket Board revealed that three years earlier it had fined Warne and Mark Waugh for accepting money from a bookmaker for giving information about pitch and weather conditions. Just before the start of the 1999 World Cup, he was given a fine and a two-match suspended ban by the International Cricket Council for telling a newspaper about Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga that: "There is plenty of animosity between Arjuna and myself. I don't like him and I'm not in a club of one". In February 2003, a day before the start of the World Cup, Warne was sent home after a drug test during a one-day series in Australia returned a positive result for a banned diuretic. Warne claimed that he took only one of what he called a "fluid tablet" – the prescription drug Moduretic – given to him by his mother to improve his appearance. A committee established by the Australian Cricket Board found Warne guilty of breaching the Board's drug code, and imposed a one-year ban from organised cricket.
  • 2010
    Age 40
    On 12 December 2010, following press reports and footage of him and English actress Elizabeth Hurley kissing, Warne announced via his Twitter account that he and Simone had separated a couple of months previously, but only his close friends and family had been informed.
    More Details Hide Details Although the relationship with Hurley at first seemed short-lived following the disclosure of Warne texting salacious messages to a married Melbourne businesswoman, the couple created a media frenzy when Hurley later moved into Warne's Brighton mansion.
    The program debuted on 24 November 2010, with Warne interviewing James Packer.
    More Details Hide Details Celebrities interviewed on the programme included then captain of the Australian cricket team Ricky Ponting, and the singers Chris Martin and Susan Boyle. The program experienced spiralling audience figures and was axed before its final scheduled episode, although the network denied that it had been cancelled due to poor ratings. In 2005, Shane Warne signed a lucrative multi-year sponsorship deal with Messages On Hold. The irony of Warne promoting On Hold phone messages after weathering the ignominy of several SMS/text messaging scandals was not lost on the spin bowler. Several media sources, and even Messages On Hold’s own promotional materials quote him as saying, "Trust me with this recommendation—I know a thing or two about spin." Warne also does promotional work for hair-loss-recovery company Advanced Hair. This matter was investigated by the British Advertising Standards Authority in relation to an illegal celebrity endorsement of medical services.
  • 2009
    Age 39
    In 2009 Warne stared a underwear line called Spinners.
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  • 2008
    Age 38
    In January 2008, Warne signed a two-year agreement with 888poker to represent them at poker events around the world including the Aussie Millions, World Series of Poker and the 888 UK Poker Open.
    More Details Hide Details This sponsorship agreement ended in January 2015.
  • 2007
    Age 37
    For the 2007/08 Australian cricket series, Warne took over as Victoria Bitter spokesperson from David Boon in the Boonanza promotion.
    More Details Hide Details Warne had a talking figurine as part of the promotion, which continued from the "Talking Boony" doll.
    Warne took over from Ally McCoist as a team captain on the BBC television sports quiz A Question of Sport in September 2007.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, the Nine Network commissioned a chat show hosted by Warne, entitled Warnie.
  • 2006
    Age 36
    In 2006 Warne and Glenn McGrath reportedly lost a bet of which bowler would be the first to get a Test century with fellow Australian bowler Jason Gillespie after Gillespie scored a record double-century as a nightwatchman against Bangladesh.
    More Details Hide Details Warne has also been a successful slip fielder, and is currently seventh in the list of most catches as a fielder in test cricket. On 13 July 2005, Australia's Nine Network announced it would not renew Warne's commentating contract, worth around A$300,000 annually. Warne had previously been seen as a future member of the Nine cricket commentary team, and had done commentary work during his one-year ban from cricket in 2003. He later rejoined Nine in 2008, and was signed by Sky Sports in 2009.
    Warne achieved his 700th test wicket at 3.18 pm on 26 December 2006 (AEST) by bowling English batsman Andrew Strauss out at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, in what was almost certainly his final appearance at the ground.
    More Details Hide Details This was the first occasion that a player had taken 700 career wickets. The wicket was described as a "classic Warne dismissal" to which the crowd of 89,155 gave a standing ovation. Warne's final Test was held at the same venue as his first, 15 years earlier: the Sydney Cricket Ground. Warne ended England's first innings by trapping Monty Panesar lbw for a duck and his 1000th total international wicket. His final Test wicket was that of all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, stumped by Adam Gilchrist. After his retirement from international cricket, Warne was signed as the captain for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League 2008, fetching US$450,000 in the pre-season player auction. He led the Royals to victory in the first season of the competition. He continued as captain of the Royals for a further four seasons, the 2011 season being his last with the franchise.
    He became the first cricketer to reach the 700-wicket milestone in his second last Test, on Boxing Day 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Warne said that it was his intention to "go out on top", adding that he might have retired after the 2005 Ashes series, had Australia won.
    On 21 December 2006 Warne announced his retirement, which came into effect after the fifth Ashes Test match at the SCG.
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    Warne began his 2006/07 Ashes campaign with an indifferent Test in Brisbane and a poor first innings showing in Adelaide.
    More Details Hide Details However, his second innings performance, including bowling Kevin Pietersen around the legs, triggered England's fifth-day collapse and Australia's victory. Warne again bowled well in the second innings in the third Test, and took the final wicket of Monty Panesar as Australia regained the Ashes.
  • 2005
    Age 35
    Allegations of extramarital affairs broke in 2005 as Australia began its tour of England in preparation for The Ashes.
    More Details Hide Details On 25 June 2005, Warne and his wife Simone Callahan announced that they had decided to separate. On 7 May 2006, the News of the World tabloid newspaper published pictures of Warne standing in his underwear with models Coralie Eichholz and Emma Kearney, as well as explicit text messages allegedly from Warne. On 1 April 2007, Warne and his wife were reported to be getting back together. However, in September 2007, Simone returned to Australia from England after her husband had accidentally sent a text message meant for another woman to her phone.
    His ferocious competitiveness was a feature of the 2005 Ashes series, when he took 40 wickets at an average of 19.92 and scored 249 runs.
    More Details Hide Details Warne shared player of the series honour with England's Andrew Flintoff.
    In 2005, Warne also broke the record for the number of wickets in a calendar year, with 96 wickets.
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    On 11 August 2005 at Old Trafford, in the Third Ashes Test, he became the first bowler in history to take 600 Test wickets, at a time when he separated with his wife at the time.
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  • 2004
    Age 34
    He broke the record for most career wickets in Test cricket on 15 October 2004 during the second Test of Australia's series against India at Chennai.
    More Details Hide Details His dismissal of Irfan Pathan, caught at slip by Matthew Hayden, saw him overtake his Sri Lankan rival, Muttiah Muralitharan, with 533 wickets. Muralitharan, who was injured at the time, had taken the record himself from Courtney Walsh five months earlier. Australia won the series 2–1; it was Australia's first series win in India since 1969. Warne's 14 wickets at an average of 30.07 was a marked improvement on his previous performances in India, when in six Tests he had taken 20 wickets at an average of 52 runs each.
    Warne returned to competitive cricket following his ban in February 2004.
    More Details Hide Details In March, in the first Test of a three-Test series against Sri Lanka in Galle, he became the second cricketer after Courtney Walsh to take 500 Test wickets. Warne took five wickets in each innings of the first and second Tests; a further six wickets in the third Test saw him named the player of the series.
  • 2003
    Age 33
    Warne's history of high-profile marital infidelities inspired Australian singer-songwriter Kevin Bloody Wilson's 2003 music video entitled "The Shane Warne Song" as well as lines in Tim Minchin's "Some People Have It Worse Than Me" and "The JLA Song".
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    During his suspension, Warne was hired by the Nine Network, Australia's main free-to-air cricket broadcaster, as a TV commentator. During the winter of 2003, he worked for the St Kilda Australian rules football club in an unpaid consultancy role, after the Australian Football League disallowed him from holding an official club position because of his drugs ban.
    More Details Hide Details He also received invitations to play in various celebrity "park cricket" teams, and the newly renamed Cricket Australia reversed its decision on whether Warne, as a contracted player, should be allowed to play in such matches.
    In February 2003, a day before the start of the World Cup, Warne was sent home after a drug test during a one-day series in Australia returned a positive result for a banned diuretic.
    More Details Hide Details Warne claimed that he took only one of what he called a "fluid tablet" – the prescription drug Moduretic – given to him by his mother to improve his appearance. A committee established by the Australian Cricket Board found Warne guilty of breaching the Board's drug code, and imposed a one-year ban from organised cricket. At the time, Warne took the view that the ban imposed would lengthen his Test playing career. That Warne was allowed to play in charity matches while serving his one-year ban was criticised by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) although WADA, in turn, was criticised by Warne for interfering in the matter.
  • 2002
    Age 32
    However, in an ODI in December 2002, he suffered a shoulder injury.
    More Details Hide Details The injury not only ruled him out of the remainder of the Ashes series, but put him in doubt for the World Cup, due to commence in February 2003.
    He returned to Australia for the Ashes series against England, starting in November 2002.
    More Details Hide Details He scored a half-century (57) with the bat in the first Test, before taking 11 wickets in the first three Tests of the series.
    Warne was again the leading wicket-taker when Australia played a three-Test series in South Africa in February and March 2002, with 20 dismissals.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2002, Ricky Ponting replaced Steve Waugh as captain of Australia's ODI squad. The elevation of Ponting—five years younger than Warne—appeared to extinguish any prospect of Warne ever being appointed to captain Australia. Australia played a three-Test series against Pakistan in October 2002, held in neutral Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates. Warne, who had lost weight over the previous months, took 27 wickets, was named the player of the series, and was man of the match in the first Test (with 11 wickets) and the third Test (with eight wickets).
  • 2001
    Age 31
    In the northern summer of 2001, Warne made his third Ashes tour and took 31 wickets in the five-Test series, which Australia won 4–1.
    More Details Hide Details He took three five-wicket hauls in the series. In the final Test at The Oval he took 11 wickets across both innings, including the 400th wicket of his Test career (Alec Stewart). He became the sixth person and the first Australian in the history of cricket to reach the milestone. In the 2001–02 Australian summer, Australia played home series against New Zealand and against South Africa. Warne took six wickets in three Tests against New Zealand, and in the third Test in Perth made his highest career score with the bat in international cricket. He was caught at mid-wicket off the bowling of Daniel Vettori while on 99 runs, one run short of a maiden Test century. He took 17 wickets in the three Tests against South Africa—more than any other player—including a five-wicket haul (5/113) in the first innings of the first Test.
  • 2000
    Age 30
    Warne missed the entire Australian summer of 2000–01 with a finger injury, and found himself battling Stuart MacGill and an in-form Colin Miller to be selected for Australia's tour of India in early 2001.
    More Details Hide Details MacGill was ultimately the spinner left out. Warne took 10 wickets over the three-Test series at an average of 50.50. His Indian spin counterpart Harbhajan Singh was the man of the series with 32 wickets at an average of 17.03. Australia lost the series 2–1.
    In August 2000, the Australian Cricket Board removed him as Australia's vice-captain, citing his history of indiscretions off the field.
    More Details Hide Details The Board's decision was contrary to the wishes of the team's selectors, including captain Steve Waugh. Warne was replaced as vice-captain by Adam Gilchrist.
    Warne joined English county side Hampshire in 2000 and played for them during the year's English summer.
    More Details Hide Details Reports emerged that during the county season he had repeatedly sent lewd SMS messages to an English nurse.
    He then took another 15 wickets in Australia's 3–0 sweep of New Zealand in March 2000.
    More Details Hide Details In the first Test of the series at Eden Park, he surpassed Dennis Lillee (with 355 wickets) as Australia's leading ever wicket-taker.
    In 2000, he was selected by a panel of cricket experts as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century, the only specialist bowler selected in the quintet and the only one still playing at the time.
    More Details Hide Details He is also a cricket commentator and a professional poker player.
  • 1999
    Age 29
    After his World Cup performances, Warne was retained as Australia's vice-captain for the tours of Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe later in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details The following Australian summer, he played in all Tests of the series against Pakistan and India. He reached his highest score with the bat in the first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane, with 86, before matching that score in the first Test against India in Adelaide the following month. Warne's performances in the Brisbane Test were overshadowed by the Joe the Cameraman controversy, in which a jibe about the abilities of Australian bowler Scott Muller was picked up by an on-field microphone during the match. Channel Nine cameraman subsequently confessed to making the "can't bowl, can't throw" remark that many had believed was made by Warne. Warne took 18 wickets over the six summer Tests and Australia won both series 3–0.
    Warne's form recovered in the ODI series against the West Indies, and he was selected to play in the 1999 World Cup in the United Kingdom.
    More Details Hide Details Just before the start of the World Cup, he was given a fine and a two-match suspended ban by the International Cricket Council for telling a newspaper about Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga that: "There is plenty of animosity between Arjuna and myself. I don't like him and I'm not in a club of one". Australia were seeking to win their first World Cup since 1987. Warne took 12 wickets in the preliminary phases of the tournament as Australia qualified for a semi-final against South Africa. While the match became notable for the dramatic fashion in which it finished, Warne was the man of the match, dismissing four key South African batsmen: Herschelle Gibbs, Gary Kirsten, Hansie Cronje and Jacques Kallis. Australia faced Pakistan in the tournament's Final. Pakistan batted first, and were all out for only 132; Warne took 4/33. Australia chased down the target comfortably to win the World Cup. Warne was the tournament's joint top wicket-taker with Geoff Allott and was named the man of the match in the Final.
    The Ashes series was the last for Australian captain Mark Taylor, who retired. Steve Waugh was appointed as Taylor's replacement, while Warne was promoted to the position of vice-captain. However, he was dropped from the Test team during Australia's tour of the West Indies in early 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Warne took just two wickets in the first three Tests of the series, leading to calls from the Australian media for his removal from the team. He was replaced for the final Test by off-spinner Colin Miller. Miller and MacGill took eight wickets between them as Australia won the Test to retain the Frank Worrell Trophy.
    Warne did not play international cricket again until the fifth Test of the Ashes series in Australia in January 1999, suffering a shoulder injury.
    More Details Hide Details He missed Australia's tour of Pakistan and the first four Ashes Tests. At the time, he was also at the centre of the John the bookmaker controversy. Warne's extended absence from the Australian team gave his understudy Stuart MacGill the opportunity to play in his place. MacGill responded by taking 15 wickets in three Tests against Pakistan—the most for any bowler in the series—and another series-high 27 wickets against England. Warne and MacGill bowled in tandem upon Warne's return to the team for the fifth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where MacGill took 12 wickets and Warne two.
  • 1998
    Age 28
    Later in 1998, Warne was a member of Australia's touring squad of India.
    More Details Hide Details Finding Indian food not to his liking, he had spaghetti and baked beans flown in from Australia. With Australia's two top pace bowlers Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie missing the tour due to injury, Warne shouldered more of the bowling burden. He took 10 wickets, but conceding 54 runs each, going for 0/147 in India's only innings of the second and series-winning Test in Calcutta. Warne's dismissal of Rahul Dravid in the first inning of the final test at Bangalore took him past Lance Gibbs' tally of 309 wickets making him the most successful spinner in Test Cricket. Australia lost the series, breaking a run of nine Test series victories.
  • 1997
    Age 27
    Warne took 22 wickets in the series, and a further 11 in Australia's three-Test tour of South Africa early in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details In the northern summer, Warne returned to England with the Australian team to attempt to retain The Ashes. After struggling for form early in the tour, Warne took 24 wickets at an average of 24.04 as Australia won the six-Test series 3–2. The following Australian summer (1997–98) saw a continued flow of wickets for Warne. He picked up 19 in New Zealand's three-Test series in Australia, before taking 20 wickets in three Tests against South Africa. In the second of those three, he took five wickets in the first innings and six in the second, while becoming the second Australian after Dennis Lillee to take 300 Test wickets. At the beginning of the summer, the Australian media had criticised Warne for his weight; now, The Australian wrote that he was one of Australia's three most "influential" cricketers (with Donald Bradman and Dennis Lillee). Journalist and former English cricketer Derek Pringle observed as Warne passed the 300 Test wicket mark at the age of 28: "we are in the presence of true greatness and not some pretender to the great figures in the game's history."
  • 1996
    Age 26
    Warne was to be a key member of Australia's squad for the 1996 World Cup, held in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
    More Details Hide Details Australia qualified for the final, with Warne having taken 12 wickets, including a man-of-the-match 4/36 in the semi-final against the West Indies. Ahead of the final against Sri Lanka, Australian captain Mark Taylor publicly declared that Warne was not "vital" to his team, emphasising that Warne alone could not win the World Cup. Warne conceded 58 runs for no wickets in the final; Australia lost the match to first-time champions Sri Lanka. The West Indies toured Australia for a five-Test series in the summer of 1996–97.
  • 1995
    Age 25
    Later in 1995, he toured the West Indies, taking 15 wickets over four Tests as Australia defeated the West Indies in a Test series for the first time in almost 20 years.
    More Details Hide Details In the summer of 1995–96, Australia played home series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He took 11 wickets in the first Test against Pakistan but broke his toe in the second. Selectors included him in the squad for the third Test just days later to give him the chance to prove his fitness; he did so by taking four wickets in Pakistan's first innings and another four in their second to be named the player of the series.
  • 1993
    Age 23
    Warne featured in South Africa's tour of Australia in 1993–94 and Australia's return tour in March 1994.
    More Details Hide Details In the second Test of South Africa's tour, held at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Warne took ten wickets in a Test for the first time in his career. His 7/56 in the first innings and 5/72 in the second was not enough to secure victory for Australia; Warne was part of an Australian batting collapse on the final day of the Test that handed South Africa the win. Australia sought to retain The Ashes when England toured for a five Test series in 1994–95. Warne took a career-best 8/71 in the second innings of the first Test at The Gabba, before going on to take 27 wickets in the five-Test series. In the Second Test, a Boxing Day Test at Warne's home ground, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, he took his first and only Test hat-trick, dismissing tail-enders Phil DeFreitas, Darren Gough and Devon Malcolm in successive balls, the last of which was caught by David Boon. He also grabbed his 150th test wicket, a caught-and-bowled off Alec Stewart. However, it was with the bat that Warne ultimately secured The Ashes for Australia. In the Third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, he and fellow tail-ender Tim May survived the final 19 overs on the fifth day in fading light to secure a draw and a 2–0 series lead that meant Australia would retain The Ashes regardless of the result of the fourth and fifth Tests.
    He took 71 Test wickets in 1993, then a record for a spin bowler in a calendar year.
    More Details Hide Details New Zealand batsmen contributed significantly to his tally. He took 17 wickets in Australia's tour of New Zealand early in the year, tying Danny Morrison as the top wicket-taker for the series with 17. When New Zealand toured Australia for three Tests in November and December, Warne took 18 more and was named player of the series.
    In 1993, Warne was selected for Australia's Ashes tour of England.
    More Details Hide Details He was the leading wicket taker for the six-Test series, with 34. His first ball of the series was written into the history books as the "Ball of the Century", bowling the experienced English batsman Mike Gatting with a ball that turned from well outside leg stump to clip the off bail.
  • 1992
    Age 22
    However, Warne's performances in the last two Tests in Sri Lanka were not to the satisfaction of the selectors, and he was dropped for the First Test against the West Indies in the 1992–93 Australian season.
    More Details Hide Details Greg Matthews played in Warne's place and despite Australia being in a strong position on the final day, was unable to dismiss the tourists on a turning surface. Warne was thus recalled for the Second Test in Melbourne, a Boxing Day Test, where he took 7/52 in a match-winning performance in the second innings.
    However, on 22 August 1992, he took the last three Sri Lankan wickets without conceding a run in the second innings precipitated the hosts' second innings collapse and contributed to a remarkable 16-run Australian win.
    More Details Hide Details On this event, Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga once said in an interview that a bowler with Test average of more than 300 came and snatched the victory from our hands.
    Warne had an undistinguished Test debut when called into the Australian team in January 1992 for a Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
    More Details Hide Details He took 1/150 (Ravi Shastri caught by Dean Jones for 206) off 45 overs. He took 0/78 in the fourth Test in Adelaide, recording overall figures of 1/228 for the series, and was dropped for the fifth Test on the pace-friendly WACA Ground in Perth. His poor form continued in the first innings against Sri Lanka at Colombo, in which he recorded 0/107.
    The committee at Accrington Cricket Club decided not to re-engage him for the 1992 Lancashire League season as he was not seen to be good enough.
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  • 1991
    Age 21
    Upon returning to Australia, Warne took 3/14 and 4/42 for Australia A against India in December 1991.
    More Details Hide Details The incumbent spinner in the Australian Test team, Peter Taylor, had taken only one wicket in the first two tests, so Warne was brought into the team for the third Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground a week later.
    He was then selected for the Australia B team which toured Zimbabwe in September 1991.
    More Details Hide Details His best performance was 7/52 in a four-day match.
    Warne made his first-class cricket debut on 15 February 1991, taking 0/61 and 1/41 for Victoria against Western Australia at the Junction Oval in Melbourne.
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    Warne joined English team Accrington Cricket Club in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details He enjoyed a good season with the ball, taking 73 wickets at 15.4 each, but scored only 330 runs at an average of 15.
  • 1990
    Age 20
    He was later chosen to train at the AIS Australian Cricket Academy in 1990 in Adelaide.
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  • 1988
    Age 18
    Following the 1988 Victorian Football League season Warne was delisted by St Kilda and began to focus solely on cricket.
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    In 1988 Warne once again played for the St Kilda Football Club's under 19 team before being upgraded to the reserves team, one step below professional level.
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  • 1987
    Age 17
    During the cricket offseason in 1987 Warne played five games of Australian rules football for the St Kilda Football Club's under 19 team.
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  • 1983
    Age 13
    His first representative honours came when in 1983/84 season he represented University of Melbourne Cricket Club in the then Victorian Cricket Association under 16 Dowling Shield competition.
    More Details Hide Details He bowled a mixture of leg-spin and off-spin and was also a handy lower order batsman. The following season he joined the St Kilda Cricket Club near his home suburb of Black Rock. He started in the lower elevens and over a number of seasons progressed to the first eleven.
  • 1976
    Age 6
    Furthermore, from 1976 until the early 1990s, the West Indies had lost only one (ill-tempered and controversial) Test series with a bowling attack almost exclusively comprising fast bowlers.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1990s, with the West Indies on the wane, Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram of Pakistan were assuming the mantle of the world's most feared bowling combination. It was in that context that Warne's tormenting of batsmen became so significant rather than his actual statistics. His humiliation of Mike Gatting and subsequent dominance, in particular, of English and South African batsmen, provided a welcome sight for cricket watchers weary of the relentless intimidation by West Indian bowlers of the 1980s and 1990s. His treatment of South African batsman Daryll Cullinan was such that Cullinan was said to have sought the help of a therapist to overcome Warne's psychological hold. Warne combined the ability to turn the ball prodigiously, even on unhelpful pitches, with unerring accuracy and a variation of deliveries (notable among these being the flipper) In the latter stages of his career, variation was less evident, despite regular press conferences announcing a "new" delivery for each series he participated in. Gideon Haigh, the Australian journalist, said of Warne upon his retirement: "It was said of Augustus that he found Rome brick and left it marble: the same is true of Warne and spin bowling."
  • 1969
    Shane Warne was born to Keith and Bridgette Warne on 13 September 1969 in Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, a suburb of outer Melbourne.
    More Details Hide Details He attended Hampton High School from Grades 7–9, after which he was offered a sports scholarship to attend Mentone Grammar. Warne spent his final three years of school at Mentone.
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