Shane Keith Warne
September 13, 1969, Ferntree Gully, Victoria
Australia, Hampshire, ICC World XI, Rajasthan Royals, Victoria, Melbourne Stars
The popular, charismatic and entertaining Shane Warne is not only one of Australia’s most successful sportsmen but is a superstar of global proportions. ‘Warney’, as he is affectionately known throughout the cricketing world, is arguably the greatest bowler ever to play cricket. Shane is Australia’s highest ever wicket taker with 708 test wickets at an average of 25.42 – a genius of the game in every respect.
Awards and honours
Shane’s world class talents have been recognised through a number of distinguished awards, including being named one of only five Wisden’s Cricketers of the 20th Century, in Australia’s Cricket Team of the 20th Century, BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2005, and Victoria’s Greatest Ever Sportsman in 2002. In 2011 Shane was honoured with the unveiling of a bronze statue of him at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and in early 2012 was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.
Life after cricket
Retired from international cricket since 2007, the ‘King of Spin’ now spends his time working for his charity for seriously ill and underprivileged children, The Shane Warne Foundation; sharing his peerless cricketing insights as a columnist for the Telegraph in London and various Australian publications and commentating for Channel Nine Australia and Sky Sports UK. Shane captained and coached the Indian Premier League’s Rajasthan Royals for the first four years of the IPL, including to victory in the inaugural IPL Twenty20 cricket tournament in 2008.
More recently, and to the delight of Australian fans, Shane joined the Melbourne Stars for the inaugural year of the Big Bash League, where he was undoubtedly one of the standout players of the tournament – putting on display his unrivalled cricketing genius and reaffirming himself as one of the true greats of the game.
Batting & fielding averages