The spin-bowling great, Shane Warne died in March 2022, and will be remembered throughout the ongoing first Test between England and New Zealand. During the first Test, the official broadcasters, Sky Sports showed a two-part documentary entitled “Bowled Shane,” which tells the story of the ’05 and ’06/07 Ashes series. Warne was one of the crucial cogs for the Aussies throughout both dramatic series, cementing his reputation as one of the greatest players of the game.
In partnership with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the official broadcasters will also be commemorating Shane Warne by renaming the main commentary box at Lord’s after the former leg-spinner. The tribute was unveiled on the morning of June 2 by Rob Key, now Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket.
Mark Taylor, the former Australian skipper, and Shane Warne’s close friend also joined Sky Sports’ coverage to discuss Warne’s impact on the game alongside Nasser Hussain, Michael Atherton, Mel Jones, Ian Ward, and Simon Doull, and Eoin Morgan. Finally, to celebrate the cricketing great whose playing number was 23, there was a minute’s applause on 23 overs.
Here is the video of the incident:
After 23 overs, the game pauses for 23 seconds of applause in memory of the the great Shane Warne 👏❤️ pic.twitter.com/zr2Ih2XK7o
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) June 2, 2022
Guy Lavender, MCC Chief Executive & Secretary, said: “Shane Warne was a man who entertained us on the field and was passionate about improving the sport off it. He was an Honorary Life Member of MCC and we were fortunate to benefit from this directly through his work on our World Cricket committee and also as our Head Coach of London Spirit men’s team last summer. We are hugely supportive of Sky’s commemoration of Shane which I am sure will be a fitting tribute to a true legend of the game”.
Former England skipper, Nasser Hussain said of Shane Warne: “He was absolutely box office. It was a nightmare being at the other end from him as you knew he could make you look very silly. At the same time, it was a great thrill being at the other end to arguably the greatest cricketer that has ever played the game. He was such a friend to us all. We knew him well, we knew the real Shane Warne and he was such a lovely, lovely, bloke. He enjoyed the mickey taking and enjoyed being around people who didn’t just see him as Shane Warne the superstar but the lad who had pizza and a bowl of fries at lunch. He never forgot his mates growing up, he loved them.”