Sport says farewell to ‘Warnie’
The sports world has paid tribute to the great Australian cricketer Shane Warne who has died unexpectedly at the age of 52.
One of the greatest spin bowlers in history, he is the second-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket with 708 wickets in 145 matches, behind only Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan. He had taken more than 1,000 wickets in Test and One Day Internationals by the time he retired.
Shane was also a talented and enthusiastic golfer who played 14 times in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, where he was a popular partner and much loved by the enthusiastic Scottish galleries. He was a great entertainer, as well as a highly competitive player.
One of his greatest ambitions was to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Team Championship, but he never quite managed it, although he did finish second with professional partner Ryan Fox last year.
Fellow cricketer Lord (Ian) Botham, another regular at the Alfred Dunhill Links, said: “I’ve lost a great friend on and off the field of play... my thoughts are with Jackson, Summer and Brooke. RIP my great friend ‘Warnie’.”