'One of the greatest' - Durham CCC pay tribute as cricket legend Shane Warne dies aged 52

Australia great Shane Warne, one of the finest bowlers of all time who revived the art of leg-spin, has died aged 52 following a suspected heart attack.

Friday, 4th March 2022, 3:23 pm

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Shane Warne. (PA pic).
Shane Warne. (PA pic).

Warne – a larger-than-life character whose 708 Test wickets has only been surpassed by contemporary rival and fellow spinner Muttiah Muralitharan – could not be revived after being found unresponsive in his Thailand villa.

“It is with great sadness we advise that Shane Keith Warne passed away of a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand today, Friday 4 March,” a statement from his management company read.

The statement added: “Shane was found unresponsive in his Villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived.

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“The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course.”

Warne – who was the joint-leading wicket-taker as Australia won the 1999 World Cup and finished with 293 one-day dismissals in 194 matches – brought an illustrious 15-year international career to an end in 2007.

The cricketing world has been paying tribute, Durham CCC posted their own message on social media.

They tweeted: “One of the greatest.

“An inspiration on and off the pitch. RIP, Shane Warne.”