Shane Warne was born in 1969 in Ferntree Gully, Melbourne. He is an ebullient leg spinner who has rewritten the record books and almost single-handedly revitalised the art of leg spin. In short, he is a sensational player and one of the biggest draw cards in the modern game.
From a run-up which only encompasses a few paces, Warne combines a complete armoury of leg breaks, top spinners, googlies and flippers with enormous spin and considerable accuracy. In many ways, he is in fact the complete leg spin bowler. It should be said also that he is additionally a very useful lower order batsman.
Although he started his international career poorly he has occupied a central place in Australian teams for the majority of the last decade. To complement his natural skills, his bleached blond hair and larger than life personality on the field have earned him the nickname of “Hollywood”.
He has continued to maintain a status as one of the world’s most fearsome bowlers, a notion underlined most clearly of all in the closing stages of the 1999 World Cup when his brilliance earned him dual Man of the Match awards and underpinned Australia’s memorable performances in both the Semi-Final against South Africa and the Final against Pakistan. More recently, he has become Australia’s highest ever wicket taker in Tests (eclipsing Dennis Lillee’s milestone of 355 while on tour in New Zealand in 2000) and has been afforded the glittering accolade of being anointed as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Century. Warne came over to the UK for the 2000 season to play for Hampshire and returned for the ‘Ashes’ in 2001.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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