Shane Warne, the legendary Australian cricket great, has died after suffering a suspected heart attack, aged 52.
A statement from his management team, issued on Friday afternoon, said that Warne had died suddenly while in Thailand.
He was considered the greatest leg-break bowler in the history of cricket.
Telegraph readers have joined the rest of the cricketing world in sharing their tributes to Shane Warne, and we would like to invite you to share your memories of him and his lifetime playing cricket in the comments section of this article.
‘I made spin cool and cricket hip’
“Way too young. Just way too young. He made spin cool and cricket hip as a player. As he aged his commentary was measured and insightful. His cricket brain was as good as anybody’s. His leg spin bowling was the greatest ever seen. RIP Shane Warne.”
‘The greatest magician to have played in my era’
“I watched Warney over and over and I know that I could never have picked any of his balls. Simply the greatest magician to have played in my era.”
‘Shane Warne and cricket were synonymous’
“I don’t want to hear this. I grew up in Australia playing cricket. Shane Warne and cricket were synonymous. He was my and many others’ hero – a legend and Aussie superhero. Larger than life and typical ‘she’ll be right, mate’ attitude. Only a day after Rod Marsh, another Aussie great. The cricketing world is in mourning. RIP Warney.”
‘A great cricketer, but also a fantastic entertainer’
“That was unexpectedly sad news. A great cricketer, but also a fantastic entertainer. He revived the art of spin bowling at test level single-handedly. RIP Shane.”
‘The greatest bowler ever’
“I am privileged to have enjoyed his bowling and often eccentric captaincy as a Hampshire supporter. I’m just so shocked he is gone. What a loss to cricket and, of course, his family. RIP. The greatest bowler ever, in my opinion.”
‘what a loss’
“I remember Mike Atherton interviewing him on his last match in England and said something like, ‘great is an overused word in sport, but ladies and gentleman – the great Shane Warne’. What a loss.”
‘The greatest leg spinner ever’
“Very sad news. The greatest leg spinner ever. I can remember driving home and listening to TMS when he bowled Gatting first ball. Also when he bowled Australia to win the World Cup in 1999 and the Adelaide test a few years later. Fortunately I did get to see him bowl at Lords. Rest in peace – you were a cricketing genius.”
‘One of the greats’
“Without doubt the greatest spin bowler ever. Many times we have been, say, 85 without loss on a test morning. On comes Warne and we are 95 for 3 at lunch. One of the greats.”
‘A giant of the game’
“I’m actually finding this really hard to comprehend and take in. Such a giant of the game and such an Aussie character. He seemed larger than life. It’s terrible news and so unexpected. So sorry for his family and friends who must be in utter shock. RIP Warney and thanks for the memories.”
‘He was perfection in his class’
“Bowling, Warney. He was perfection in his class. Ridiculously great in his art. A legend free of this demonic world. A great Australian. God bless ya, Warney.”
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.