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‘The magic will stay forever’ – Tributes pour in after Shane Warne dies, aged 52

'The Magic Will Stay Forever' - Tributes Pour In After Shane Warne Dies, Aged 52
by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Tributes have poured in after Shane Warne, one of the greatest cricketers the game has ever known, died at the age of 52.

Warne is credited with having revolutionised leg-spin bowling, with wrist-spin a dying art before he revived it in one ball. His maiden Ashes delivery drifted and pitched outside Mike Gatting’s leg-stump before spinning and hitting off, and is regularly referred to as the Ball of the 20th Century.

He ended his career with 708 Test wickets to his name, a marker only better by his contemporary Muttiah Muralitharan, with seven Ashes wins, a Cricket World Cup win in 1999, and a slew of other records to his name. Notably, he took 195 Test wickets against England, the most any bowler has taken against a single team. He was named a Wisden Cricketer of the Century in the 2000 Wisden Almanack.

His death sent the cricketing world into shock, with his most recent tweet, posted only hours ago, paying tribute to Rod Marsh, another Australia cricketer who had died.

Former teammates, opponents and many else besides remembered one of the game’s best loved and most iconoclastic cricketers.


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