Shane Warne’s untimely death news came just hours after Rod Marsh’s death.
Shane Warne, a legendary Australian leg-spinner and one of the greatest cricketers of all time, has died at the age of 52 from a suspected heart attack. Over the course of a spectacular 15-year international career, Warne grabbed 708 Test wickets, the second most of all time, in 145 matches.
His death came on the same day that legendary former Australia wicketkeeper Rod Marsh died of a heart attack at the age of 74, and his death was revealed immediately after the finish of play on the first day of Australia’s first Test in Pakistan.
His management business said he was found unresponsive in his residence on the Thai island of Koh Samui on Friday.
“It is with great sadness we advise that Shane Keith Warne passed away of a suspected heart attack,” they added. “Despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived.” The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course.”
Between 1993 and 2005, Warne claimed 293 dismissals in 194 one-day internationals, helping Australia win the World Cup in 50-over cricket in 1999. Along with Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Jack Hobbs, and Sir Viv Richards, he was chosen one of the five Wisden cricketers of the century in 2000. Following Australia’s 5-0 Ashes clean sweep of England at home in 2007, he retired from international cricket.
Later that year, Warne announced his retirement from first-class and List A cricket, completing a five-year stint with Hampshire, which he had led since 2004. He played Twenty20 franchise cricket until 2013, when he retired from all formats.
Warne worked as a broadcaster and pundit on a regular basis, as well as coaching T20 clubs. His three children from his previous marriage to Simone Callahan survive him.
Warne’s mastery of leg-spin bowling – a kind of bowling that had fallen out of favor during the 1970s and 1980s as fast bowlers reigned – transformed cricket.
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