The greatest leg spin Bowler of all time and probably the greatest cricketer ever.
In 2000, Shane 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.
His 708 wickets was the record for the most wickets taken by any bowler in Test cricket, until it was broken by Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan on December 3, 2007. He took over 1000 international wickets (in Tests and One-Day Internationals) – he was the second bowler to reach this milestone after Muttiah Muralitharan. A useful lower-order batsman Shane Warne also scored over 3000 Test runs and he holds the record for most Test runs without a century. Shane also captained Australia in some one day internationals and was generally regarded as the best Captain Australia never had.
As well as Australia, 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. He retired from international cricket in January 2007, at the end of Australia’s 5-0 Ashes series victory over England.
In January 2008, Shane signed a major two year agreement with 888 Poker (owned by 888 Holdings PLC, a public listed company in London) to represent them at poker events around the world including the Aussie Millions, World Series of Poker and the 888 UK Poker Open. This deal was renewed in 2011.
Shane had his own exclusive column in the Times for twelve years and for four years with The Daily Telegraph.
In March 2008, Shane signed to play in the Indian Premier League for the Jaipur team, Rajasthan Royals. In the first edition of the tournament, where he played the roles of both captain and coach, he led his team to victory against the Chennai Super Kings in a cliffhanger final match on June 1, 2008. In 2009 and 2010, Shane continued as both coach and captain for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. He returned to continue both jobs in India in 2011 before announcing his retirement from the IPL at the end of the IPL 2011 season.
The legendary spinner came out of retirement to play in the Big Bash T20 League, where he was seen playing for his home side, the Melbourne Stars and returned in December 2012.
Shane Warne was recently included in the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in the annual Allan Border Medal ceremony held at Melbourne’s Crown Casino.
“To be mentioned in the same breath as some of those cricketers who have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame, and to be inducted so soon after my international retirement is a great privilege,” said Warne.
Shane Warne signed a 3 year deal with Star TV in India to present and commentate on selected Matches.
Shane commentated on the Australia v India series November/December 2014 for Channel 9 Australia and Star TV India.
In 2015 Shane Warne commentated on The World Cup in February and March for Channel 9 and Star TV. Shane also commentated for Sky Sports on The Ashes.
In 2016 Shane commentated for Sky on the IPL and covered the England Test matches throughout the summer. Shane played in the Dunhill Golf Tournament and November / December Shane Warne commentated on the Australia v India for Channel 9 and Star TV.
In 2017 Shane commentated on the 2017 World Cricket T20 in India and was in the UK commentating for Sky on the IPL in April and for Sunset and Vine for the ICC Champions Trophy which was shown worldwide and throughout the summer for Sky on the England Test matches.
In October 2018 Shane released his new autobiography ‘No Spin’ which has become a best seller all over the world.
Shane commentated for Fox Sports for the ODI’s in Australia. He also worked with Sky Sports covering the whole of the 2019 Ashes series. Shane played at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2019 from the 24th – 29th September 2019.
In January 2020 Shane donated his Baggy Green Australia cap and raised over A$1million in auction for the Australian Red Cross bushfire appeal and in February 2020 Shane played the NZ Open Golf in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Shane has signed a long term contract with Fox Sports covered the whole of the 2020 Pakistan series as well as the ODI’s against Australia for Sky. Shane is currently mentoring the Rajasthan Royals at the IPL in Dubai.
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