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“Life has no meaning”: on the 2nd anniversary of Shane Warne’s death, his daughter’s heartfelt message | Cricket News


It’s been two years since the spin legend Shane Warné died at the age of 52. Rarely has a bowler left such an indelible mark on world cricket. Warne ended up becoming the second highest wicket-taker in Test history. He was the first bowler to take 700 Test wickets. Ultimately, Warne took 708 wickets at an average of 25.41 in 145 Tests.

On his second death anniversary, his daughter Brooke Warner posted a heartfelt note on Instagram.

“2 years today dad. It’s been the slowest and fastest 2 years without you. I feel like you were just over here fooling around with us and talking about how great the new season of Peaky Blinders, and we’ll watch the next episode together when “You’re Coming Home. Life truly has no meaning without you here. We try to make you proud every day. I miss you, I love you forever.”

His Ashes debut in June 1993 produced arguably cricket’s greatest moment for posterity – thanks to the internet.

It was June 4, 1993. The venue was Old Trafford. Warne, previously a rookie with 31 wickets in 11 Tests, was preparing to take his first delivery in England. The batter was Mike Gatting, the former Test captain who was a prolific spin bowler. What happened in the next seven seconds stunned the world.

Warne’s delivery initially appeared to have traveled straight, but took a sharp right turn after pitching. Gatting responded by pushing his left foot forward to block the ball with the bat, a classic defensive hitting technique against spin. However, the ball missed Gatting’s bat and spun spectacularly to dislodge his stumps.

The ball stunned Gatting, umpire Dickie Bird and the Channel 9 commentator, who remarked that the ball had turned “two and a half feet” to hit the stumps. In retrospect, the delivery was dubbed “the ball of the century.”

Years later, Gatting recalled the moment when speaking to the BBC: “It spun a terribly long distance from two or three inches from the outside leg stump… The ball had not brushed my bat, my glove or my pad, so I thought the Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy must have knocked down the bail… The bullet had cut the bail.

Warne ended up picking four wickets in both Test innings as Australia won by 179 runs.

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