Shane Warne, a cricketing icon and one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the game, will be sorely missed as the Ashes series gets underway this year. Retiring with an impressive 708 Test wickets in 145 matches, he remains second only to Muttiah Muralitharan’s record of 800 wickets. Warne also holds the distinction of claiming the most wickets in Ashes history, with 195 scalps from 36 Tests.
Following his retirement, Warne transitioned into commentary, captivating fans with his profound understanding of the game. However, this year’s Ashes will proceed without his iconic voice as the legendary cricketer tragically passed away last year at the age of 52. In a statement from his management company, it was revealed that Warne suffered a suspected heart attack while on vacation in Thailand.
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Nathan Lyon, Australia’s current premier spinner in Test cricket, expressed the void that Warne’s absence will create during the Ashes. Lyon commended Warne’s commentary skills, drawing a parallel between him and the revered commentator Richie Benaud.
“There will be a sense of sadness surrounding it, not hearing his voice. He was becoming someone like Richie Benaud behind the mic, imparting his knowledge to us and the public,” Nathan Lyon remarked, according to ESPNcricinfo.
As Australia aims to retain the Ashes against a formidable English side, Lyon acknowledges the pivotal role he must play. The 35-year-old spinner hopes that he and his teammates can perform admirably in the series to honor Warne’s memory.
“Every day, he is missed in the cricketing world. But as Australian cricketers and Australian spinners, we hope to make him proud by giving our best on the field,” Nathan Lyon added.
The highly anticipated Ashes series will commence with the first of five Tests at Edgbaston from June 16-20. Australia currently holds the coveted Ashes trophy, having secured a convincing 4-0 victory against England during the 2021-2022 season.