Shane Warne, Legendary Australian spinner, passes away aged 52

Shane Warne, Legendary Australian spinner, passes away aged 52

Legendary Australian legspinner Shane Warne has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 52. The former Australia spinner played 145 Tests and 194 ODIs between 1992 and 2007.

Warne's management company MPC Entertainment said in a statement.

"It is with very sad we advise that Shane Keith Warne passed away of a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand today, Friday 4 March. Shane Warne was found non-responsive in his villa, and despite the very best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived. The family request for privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course,"

Shane Warne, who was selected as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Century, ended his career with 708wickets in Tests and 293 wickets in ODIs, the most by a legspinner the format. Shane Warne made his Test debut against India in Sydney in 1992 and followed it with an ODI debut against New Zealand in Wellington in March next year. Shane Warne went on to win the World Cup with Australia in 1999 and was the Player of the Match in a final against Pakistan with figures of 4 for 33.

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While Shane Warne enjoyed bowling against most teams, he was particularly excellent against South Africa and England, with 325 off his 708 Test wickets coming against the two cricket nations. His delivery to Mike Gatting in the Manchester Ashes Test in 1993 is considered the ball of the century. Shane Warne's best in a Test innings came against England in 1994 in Brisbane when he took 8 for 71. One of his most incredible performances in Test cricket also came against England when he ended the excellent 2005 series with 40 wickets and the Player of the series award.

Warne will also be remembered for his leadership skills and was instrumental in Rajasthan Royals winning the maiden Indian Premier League in 2008.

Controversies also hurt Warne's playing career. Warne could have had another World Cup feather on his hat but was sent home ahead of the 2003 World Cup campaign in South Africa because of a drug test. In 1998, he was fined by Cricket Australia for accepting money from a bookmaker along with Mark Waugh.

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