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NH - Shane Warne passes away

Shocked to wake up with news of Warnies passing away. May have rubbed a lot the wrong way with his personality and commentary, he was one of the GOATS, especially bowling, making spin popular again here.
Grew up in the days where you'd have the cricket on in the background in summer, but when Warnie was handed the ball, dad would tell out and then you'd have a good watch with his ability to destroy teams. And the ball of the century will always be legendary
Off field he was straight out of Hollywood, partying with hookers, puffing on some durries and being a party animal. Those which probably may have led to his demise.
RIP SK Warne.

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The 52-year-old was named one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Century alongside greats such as Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Jack Hobbs and Sir Vivian Richards.
Probably in good company when everyone else is knighted.

Live life because you never know when...

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Rod Marsh as well, also burned the candle at both ends. Ahh the good old days, sigh.

RIP two legends.

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His life was cut so short but lived more than most people would in ten life times. Forever traveling the world commentating the cricket, playing golf and poker and dating models. Such a larrikin and likable character its a massive loss to the cricketing world. The ball of the century footage has been doing the rounds its nice hearing classic understated Richie Benaud commentary again. RIP Warney

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Farewelling Warnie is farewelling a bygone era of sport and life. One of the last men standing from a time before sport was about analytics, professionalism, and robotic cliches.

A chubby, beer guzzling chain smoker who became the greatest player on one of Australia's greatest sporting teams ever.

He had confidence and calmness, an aura and a toughness that helped him mentally destroy opponents. A knack for taking big wickets in big moments.

Him and McGrath were the ultimate duo- the methodical fast bowler with his pinpoint accuracy on every delivery, followed by Warne's spin magic. Both wore opponents down mentally. McGrath never made a mistake. As soon as the opponent made the smallest of errors, they were gone. If they survived, Warnie would eventually bamboozle them with a piece of unexpected brilliance, making them look like the proverbial deer in the headlights.

It felt like Australia could topple anyone. And they did. They dominated test cricket for 15 years. Except in the subcontinent, but they eventually broke through in Sri Lanka and India in 2003 and 2004.

Not a role model, but unlike many others in that boat, always had charm about him.

An Aussie larrikin and a national icon.

Sadly never saw his beloved Saints win that elusive flag.

There will never be another like him.


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