100 Facts About Shane Warne


Shane Keith Warne was an Australian international cricketer whose career ran from 1991 to 2007.


Shane Warne was a member of the Australian team that won the 1999 Cricket World Cup.


Shane Warne was a useful lower-order batsman who scored more than 3,000 Test runs, with a highest score of 99.


Shane Warne revolutionised cricket thinking with his mastery of leg spin, then regarded as a dying art.


In recognition of his skill, a statue of Shane Warne bowling was placed outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where he was honoured with a state memorial service, as well as having a grandstand named in his honour.


Shane Warne was posthumously appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to cricket.


Shane Warne was born in Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne, on 13 September 1969, the son of Brigitte and Keith Shane Warne.


Shane Warne bowled a mixture of leg-spin and off-spin, and was a handy lower-order batsman.


Shane Warne started in the lower elevens and, over a number of seasons, progressed to the first eleven.


In 1988, Shane Warne again played for the St Kilda Football Club's under-19 team before being promoted to the reserves team, one step below professional level.


In 1990, Shane Warne was chosen to train at the Australian Cricket Academy in Adelaide.


In 1991, Shane Warne moved to the UK and joined Accrington Cricket Club of the Lancashire League as their professional player for that year's cricket season.


Shane Warne signed a $400,000 contract to play for Hampshire County Cricket Club in England for the 2000 season.


Shane Warne returned to Hampshire as the captain for the seasons between 2004 and 2007.


Shane Warne was selected for the Australia B team, which toured Zimbabwe in September 1991.


Peter Taylor, the incumbent spinner in the Australian Test team, had taken only one wicket in the first two Tests, so Shane Warne was brought into the team for the third Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground a week later.


Shane Warne had played in seven first-class matches before making his Test-level debut for Australia.


Shane Warne was called into the Australian team in January 1992 for a Test against India at Sydney Cricket Ground.


On 22 August 1992 Shane Warne took the last three Sri Lankan wickets without conceding a run in the second innings, leading to a second-innings collapse and contributing to a 16-run Australian win.


In 1993, Shane Warne was selected for Australia's Ashes tour of England, in which he was the leading wicket-taker for the six-Test series, with 34.


Shane Warne took 71 Test wickets in 1993, a then-record for a spin bowler in a calendar year.


Early in 1993, Shane Warne took 17 wickets in Australia's tour of New Zealand, tying Danny Morrison with 17 as the top wicket-taker for the series.


Shane Warne was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in the 1994 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.


Shane Warne took his 150th test wicket, a caught-and-bowled off Alec Stewart.


Later in 1995, Shane Warne toured the West Indies, taking 15 wickets in four Tests as Australia defeated the West Indies in a Test series for the first time in almost 20 years.


Shane Warne took 11 wickets in the first Test against Pakistan but broke his toe in the second.


Shane Warne took four wickets in Pakistan's first innings and another four in their second, and was named the player of the series.


Shane Warne was a key member of Australia's squad for the 1996 Cricket World Cup, which was held in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.


Shane Warne conceded 58 runs for no wickets in the final; Australia lost the match to first-time champions Sri Lanka.


Shane Warne took 22 wickets in the series, and a further 11 in Australia's three-Test tour of South Africa in early 1997.


Journalist and former English cricketer Derek Pringle said Shane Warne passed the 300-Test-wicket mark at the age of 28; "we are in the presence of true greatness and not some pretender to the great figures in the game's history".


Later in 1998, Shane Warne was a member of Australia's touring squad of India.


Australia's two top pace bowlers Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie missed the tour due to injury so Shane Warne bowled more often than usual.


Shane Warne missed Australia's tour of Pakistan and the first four Ashes Tests.


Steve Waugh was appointed as Taylor's replacement while Shane Warne was promoted to vice-captain.


Shane Warne was dropped from the Test team during Australia's tour of the West Indies in early 1999.


Shane Warne took two wickets in the first three Tests of the series, leading to calls for his removal from the team from Australian media.


Shane Warne's form recovered in the One Day International series against the West Indies, and he was selected to play in the 1999 World Cup in the United Kingdom.


Shane Warne took 12 wickets in the preliminary phases of the tournament, and Australia qualified for a semi-final against South Africa.


The semi-final match became notable for the dramatic fashion in which it finished; Shane Warne was the man of the match, dismissing key South African batsmen Herschelle Gibbs, Gary Kirsten, Hansie Cronje and Jacques Kallis.


Shane Warne was the tournament's joint-top wicket-taker with Geoff Allott, and was named the man of the match in the final.


Shane Warne reached his highest score with the bat in the first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane, with 86, before matching that score in the first Test against India in Adelaide the following month.


Shane Warne surpassed Dennis Lillee's 355 wickets as Australia's leading-ever wicket-taker.


In 2000, Shane Warne joined English county side Hampshire, for which he played during the year's northern-hemisphere summer.


Shane Warne became the sixth person and the first Australian in the history of cricket to reach 400 wickets.


Shane Warne took six wickets in three Tests against New Zealand, and in the third Test in Perth made his career's highest batting score in international cricket.


Shane Warne, who had lost weight over the previous months, took 27 wickets, was named the player of the series, and was man of the match in the first Test with 11 wickets; and the third Test with eight wickets.


In February 2003, a day before the start of the World Cup, Shane Warne was sent home after a drug test during a one-day series in Australia returned a positive result for a banned diuretic.


Shane Warne was allowed to play in charity matches while serving his one-year ban, a decision that was criticised by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which Shane Warne criticised for interfering in the matter.


Shane Warne returned to competitive cricket following his ban in February 2004.


Shane Warne took five wickets in each innings of the first and second Tests, and a further six wickets in the third Test, and was named the player of the series.


Shane Warne's 14 wickets at an average of 30.07 was an improvement on his previous performances in India, when in six Tests he took 20 wickets at an average of 52 runs each.


On 11 August 2005 in the Third Ashes Test at Old Trafford, Shane Warne became the first bowler in history to take 600 Test wickets.


In 2005, with 96 wickets, Shane Warne broke the record for the number of wickets in a calendar year.


Shane Warne's ferocious competitiveness was a feature of the 2005 Ashes series in which he took 40 wickets at an average of 19.92 and scored 249 runs.


Shane Warne shared the player of the series honour with England's Andrew Flintoff.


Shane Warne again bowled well in the third Test's second innings, and took the final wicket of Monty Panesar as Australia regained the Ashes.


Shane Warne ended England's first innings by trapping Monty Panesar leg before wicket for a duck and took his 1,000th international wicket.


Shane Warne is one of only two bowlers to have taken more than 1,000 wickets in international cricket, the other being Muttiah Muralitharan.


Shane Warne led the Royals to victory in the first season of the competition.


Shane Warne continued as captain of the Royals for a further four seasons; the 2011 season was his last with the franchise.


Shane Warne was signed as a player for Melbourne Stars in Australia's inaugural Big Bash League in November 2011.


The Stars qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament, in which Shane Warne took seven wickets in eight matches at an economy rate of 6.74 runs conceded per over.


In 2013, Shane Warne was fined $4500 and banned for one match for using obscene language, making "inappropriate physical contact with a player or official" Marlon Samuels and "showing serious dissent at an umpire's decision" during a BBL match against Melbourne Renegades.


In July 2013, Shane Warne officially retired from all formats of cricket, confirming he would no longer captain Melbourne Stars in the BBL.


In July 2014, Shane Warne captained the Rest of the World side in the Bicentenary Celebration match at Lord's.


Shane Warne is widely considered one of the greatest bowlers in cricket history.


Shane Warne revolutionised cricket with his mastery of leg spin, which many cricket followers had come to regard as a dying art due to the difficulty of accurately bowling the deliveries.


Shane Warne helped overturn the domination of cricket by fast bowling that had prevailed for twenty years before his debut.


Shane Warne had struggled against India, particularly against Sachin Tendulkar; Shane Warne's bowling average against India was 47.18 runs per wicket compared with his overall average of 25.


Shane Warne was hit for the most sixes by the time he retired; Shane Warne said he did not like to be hit for singles because he had to plan for two batsmen at the same over.


Shane Warne did this by having a relaxed "two-finger-up, two-down grip" of the ball and not hitting it against the top part of the palm.


Shane Warne said the "part of the art of bowling spin is to make the batsman think that something special is happening even when it isn't".


Shane Warne was an effective lower-order batter; he was once dismissed for 99 with a reckless shot on what was later shown to be a no-ball.


Shane Warne has scored the most Test runs without having scored a century; his top scores were 99 and 91.


Shane Warne was the third-highest five-wicket haul-taker in international cricket, after Muttiah Muralitharan and Richard Hadlee.


Shane Warne took 37 Test fivers and a single ODI fiver, along with 10 Test ten-wicket hauls.


Shane Warne rejoined Nine in 2008 and continued as a member of its commentary team until Nine lost the broadcasting rights in 2018.


Shane Warne was signed by Sky Sports in 2009 and Fox Cricket in 2018.


Shane Warne worked for both Sky and Fox until his death.


Shane Warne joined Muttiah Muralitharan in humanitarian efforts to help Sri Lankans who were adversely affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.


Shane Warne was named in the World XI squad during the World Cricket Tsunami Appeal tournament, which was held in Melbourne on 10 January 2005 to raise funds for post-tsunami humanitarian relief efforts.


Shane Warne appeared on BBC Television panel game A Question of Sport, taking on the captaincy for three shows and appearing regularly.


In January 2008, Shane Warne signed a two-year agreement with 888poker to represent them at international poker events, including the Aussie Millions, World Series of Poker and the 888 UK Poker Open.


The program debuted on 24 November 2010 with Shane Warne interviewing James Packer.


Shane Warne did promotional work for hair-loss-recovery company Advanced Hair; the British Advertising Standards Authority investigated this matter in relation to an illegal celebrity endorsement of medical services.


From 1999 to 2005, Shane Warne was married to Simone Callahan, with whom he had children Summer, Jackson and Brooke.


Shane Warne was involved in an altercation with some teenage boys who took a photograph of him smoking after he had accepted sponsorship from a nicotine patch company in return for quitting smoking.


In late 2011, Hurley and Shane Warne announced they were engaged, but they had cancelled the engagement by December 2013.


Shane Warne said, "I had a thumping headache and I had one day where I had the shivers, but sweating, like when you have the flu", and that Australians would have to learn to live with the virus.


Shane Warne was born with complete heterochromia, giving him a blue right eye and a green left eye.


On 4 March 2022, at the age of 52, Shane Warne died of a heart attack due to atherosclerosis while holidaying on the island Ko Samui, Thailand.


Shane Warne died on the same day as fellow Australian cricketer Rod Marsh, to whom Shane Warne paid tribute on Twitter a few hours before his own death.


In 2004, Shane Warne was included as part of Richie Benaud's Greatest XI, a team chosen by Richie Benaud that compares players across all teams and eras using statistics and personal testimonials.


In 2005, Shane Warne was named the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year.


In 2009, Shane Warne was awarded honorary life membership of Marylebone Cricket Club.


On 22 December 2011, a statue honouring Shane Warne was unveiled outside MCG.


In 2013, Shane Warne was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.


In June 2022, on the Queen's Birthday Honours list, Shane Warne was posthumously appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to cricket and philanthropic contributions.


In December 2022, Shane Warne was elevated to a Legend in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.