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.

Shane Warne: Cricketer

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.

Natural Skills

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”.

Fearsome Bowler

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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