Shane Warne

Shane Keith Warne was an Australian cricketer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest leg spinners ever. He was born on September 13th, 1969. He is a native of Upper Ferntree Gully, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. In his bowling career, Warne specialized in right-arm leg breaks. As a Renaissance man, he revitalized an old bowling style called leg spin, which was dying, and made it vital.

According to popular perception, his ball that bamboozled Mike Gatting in 1993 is one of the greatest bowling deliveries of all time. Muttiah Muralitharan, another all-time spin legend, took over the throne from him in December 2007, taking 708 wickets in Test cricket.

His two Wisden Cricketers of the Year awards and two Wisden Leading Cricketers of the World awards were in the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.

Personal Information

Born: 13 September 1969 Nationality: Australia
Years Active: (1992–2007) Birth Place: Victoria, Australia
Death: 4 March 2022 (52 Years) Death Place: Ko Samui, Thailand
Height: 6 ft 0 in Role: Bowler
Batting Style: Right-Handed Bat Bowling Style: Right-arm Leg-break
Nickname: Warnie  

Shane Warne’s Journey


Shane Warne was born in Upper Ferntree Gully, a suburb of Melbourne, on 13 September 1969 to Brigitte and Keith Warne. Since, childhood he has immense love for cricket, especially the bowling part. At the school level, he played competitive cricket and open his career ways in cricket.

He married Simone Callahan in 1995, and the couple has three gorgeous children: Summer Warne, Jackson Warne, and Brooke Warne. The couple got divorced after 10 years of marriage due to a number of factors.


As a member of the Australian Test team, he made his international debut on 2nd January 1990 in a match against India in Sydney. As a debutant, he took just one wicket while conceding 150 runs. He was also dropped from the team after similar dismal performances.

He was recalled after the Australians were unable to take wickets on a turning surface. In this instance, Warne took full advantage of the opportunity as he put on a match-winning performance of 7/52.

Ascend to Glory

As a member of Australia's B squad, Warne caught the eye of observers. He took his first first-class five-wicket haul as he took 7/49 against Zimbabwe. Similar impressive performances for the Australia A team saw him getting called up to his international debut.

In the second Test against South Africa on 2nd January 1994, Warne took 12 wickets, establishing himself as an essential cog of the Australian bowling attack, despite losing by five runs.

He also proved just as effective in the ODI format, taking 12 wickets in the 1996 Wills World Cup, including a match-winning 4-36 against West Indies in the semi-final. Despite this, Australia lost the final to Sri Lanka.

The best of his performances came in 1994, when he took 8/71 against England at Brisbane, providing the English with 508 runs to chase, but they fell short by 184 runs due to Warne's hard work.

Low Point

During his entire career, Warne has been a controversial figure, mainly known for his stories of promiscuity.

In 2003, Warne failed a drug test for a banned diuretic just before the ICC Cricket World Cup, and he was sent home. A one-year ban was imposed on him from playing organized cricket.


Between 1998 and 1999, Warne served as captain of the Australia ODI team. The 11 games Warne captained resulted in 10 wins and 1 loss, for a win percentage of 90.91%.

He commanded Australia to play fearless cricket, and many legends like Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, and Glenn Mcgrath flourish in their team game under his leadership. It is his goal-oriented nature that makes him one of the most positive captains in the Australian ODI squad.

Shane's Record

In Test cricket, Warne held the record for most wickets (708) until December 2007, when Muralitharan surpassed him. Besides taking 1000 wickets in international cricket, he was also the second person ever to do so after Muralitharan.

In addition to this, Warne holds the record for scoring the most runs (3154) without scoring a century.


Warne retired from international cricket in 2007 but continued playing club and county cricket. Following his retirement from first-class cricket in 2008, Warne became a sports commentator for Nine Cricket before joining Sky Sports in 2009.

Career Statistics

Shane Warne was perhaps the greatest leg-spinner of all time, the only spinner who could spin a ball over two feet or three feet, and arguably one of the most influential cricket figures.

Matches: 194 Run Scored: 1018
Run Gives: 7541
Bowling Average: 25.74 Top Numbers: 5/33
10W/5W: 0/1 Wickets: 293
Matches: 1 Run Scored: 1
Run Gives: 17995
Batting Average: 10 Top Score: 10
100/50: 0/0 Wickets: 1
Matches: 145 Run Scored: 3154
Run Gives: 17995
Bowling Average: 25.42 Top Numbers: 12/128
10W/5W: 10/37 Wickets: 708

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