Australian cricketer Shane Keith Warne AO (13 September 1969–4 March 2022). His international career spanned the years 1991–2007. Warne was a right-handed batsman and right-arm leg spin bowler for Australia, Victoria, and Hampshire. He made 145 Test appearances and took 708 wickets, making him one of the sport’s all-time great bowlers. His record for most wickets taken by any bowler in Test cricket stood until 2007.
Shane Warne batted effectively in the middle of the order, amassing over 3,000 runs in Tests with a career-high of 99. After Australia beat England in the Ashes series in 2006–07, he ended his international cricket career.
Shane Warne played and coached for Rajasthan Royals in the first four seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL), and he captained the team in the first two of those years. Warne’s career was marred by off-field scandals, including a ban from cricket for testing positive for a prohibited substance and allegations of sexual indiscretions and bringing the game into disrepute.
Warne’s mastery of leg spin then considered a dying art, shook the cricket world. After retiring, he maintained a busy schedule providing cricket commentary, working with nonprofits, and endorsing various products. The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) honored Warne with a statue of his bowling, a state memorial service, and the naming of a grandstand after him in recognition of his talents. In recognition of his contributions to cricket after his death, Warne was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).
On September 13, 1969, Shane Warne was born in Upper Ferntree Gully, located in Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne. His parents, Brigitte and Keith Warne raised him. His mother is of German descent. He began his secondary education at Hampton High School, where he remained until he was given a sports scholarship to attend Mentone Grammar. There, he completed the remaining three years of his compulsory education.
During the 1983–1984 season, Shane Warne competed for the University of Melbourne Cricket Club in the under-16 Dowling Shield competition held by the Victorian Cricket Association. This was the first time that Warne had the opportunity to earn representative honors. He was a competent lower-order batsman who bowled a combination of leg-spin and off-spin in his deliveries.
The next year, Warne became a member of the St. Kilda Cricket Club near Black Rock, his native neighborhood.
Shane Warne began his career in the lower elevens and worked his way up through the ranks to the first eleven throughout several seasons. Warne participated in five matches of Australian rules football for the under-19 team of the St. Kilda Football Club in 1987 while the cricket offseason was in progress. Warne played for the under-19 team of the St. Kilda Football Club once more in 1988 before being promoted to the reserves team, which is the team that plays one level below the professional level. After the conclusion of the 1988 season in the Victorian Football League, St. Kilda delisted Warne, and he began to concentrate completely on his cricket career. Warne was selected to participate in the cricket training program at the Australian Cricket Academy in Adelaide in 1990.
Shane Warne relocated to the United Kingdom in 1991 and became a professional cricket player with the Accrington Cricket Club, which competed in the Lancashire League during that year’s cricket season.
On February 15, 1991, Warne played his maiden game of first-class cricket at Junction Oval in Melbourne, taking 0/61 and 1/41 for Victoria against Western Australia.
To play for Hampshire County Cricket Club in England for the 2000 season, Warne signed a $400,000 contract. For the seasons from 2004 to 2007, he returned to Hampshire as the captain. He had two first-class centuries for Hampshire and 276 wickets at an average of 25.58 while playing for them.
In September 1991 Shane Warne was chosen for the Australia B team that toured Zimbabwe.  In the second tour game at Harare Sports Club, Warne took 7/49 in the second innings, giving him his first first-class score of five or more wickets in an inning, and he helped Australia B to a nine-wicket victory.
Warne scored 3/14 and 4/42 goals for Australia A against a visiting West Indian team in December 1991 after his return to Australia. Warne was added to the side for the third Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground a week later because Peter Taylor, the current Australian Test team spinner, had only taken one wicket in the first two Tests.
Shane Warne was chosen for Australia’s 1993 Ashes tour of England when he amassed 34 wickets in the six-match series. When he bowled the seasoned English batsman Mike Gatting with his first delivery of the series, because it twisted from way outside the leg stump to clip the off bail. In 1993, Warne set a record for a spin bowler regarding Test wickets, with 71. New Zealand batters greatly boosted his total. Early in 1993, Warne shared the series’ most wickets with Danny Morrison (17) during Australia’s tour of New Zealand. Warne collected 18 wickets and was named “player of the series” when New Zealand toured Australia for three Test matches in November and December.
During South Africa’s 1993–1994 tour of Australia and Australia’s follow-up trip in March 1994, Warne made an appearance. For the first time in his career, Warne grabbed ten wickets in a Test during the second match of South Africa’s trip at the SCG. Warne was a member of an Australian batting collapse on the final day of the TestTest, leading South Africa to win the match. His 7/56 in the first innings and 5/72 in the second were insufficient to give Australia the victory. In the 1994 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, he was listed as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
Mark Taylor, the Australian captain, played in his final Ashes match in 1999-2000 before retiring. Warne was elevated to vice-captain, while Steve Waugh was named as Taylor’s replacement.  However, during Australia’s tour of the West Indies in early 1999, Warne was removed from the Test squad. Warne had two wickets in the first three Tests of the series, which prompted calls in the Australian media for his dismissal. Off-spinner Colin Miller took Warne’s place for the last TestTest. Miller and MacGill combined for eight wickets, and Australia won the TestTest to keep the Frank Worrell Trophy. In the One Day International (ODI) series against the West Indies, Warne’s form improved, and he was chosen to compete in the 1999 World Cup in the United Kingdom.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) fined Warne. It gave him a two-match suspended suspension just before the 1999 World Cup began for comments he made to a newspaper regarding the captain of Sri Lanka, Arjuna Ranatunga, saying, “There is plenty of hatred between Arjuna and myself. I don’t like him, and I don’t belong to a one-person club. Australia aimed to take home the Cricket World Cup for the first time since 1987. Australia advanced to a semi-final matchup with South Africa with Warne’s 12 wickets in the tournament’s opening stages. The dramatic way in which the semifinal match ended made it memorable; Warne was named player of the match after removing important South African batsmen Herschelle Gibbs, Gary Kirsten, Hansie Cronje, and Jacques Kallis. The final of the competition pitted Australia against Pakistan. In their opening innings, Pakistan was all out for 132; Warne took 4/33. Australia easily accomplished its goal of winning the World Cup. Warne was selected the man of the match in the championship game and shared the tournament’s best wicket-taker honors with Geoff Allott.
International retirement (2006–2007)
Warne had a lackluster Test effort in Brisbane and a dismal first-innings performance in Adelaide to start the 2006-07 Ashes series. He also failed to pick up any wickets. However, his second-innings effort, which included bowling Kevin Pietersen around the legs, led to Australia’s victory and England’s fifth-day collapse. Warne once more bowled effectively and claimed Monty Panesar as his final victim, helping Australia reclaim the Ashes.
Warne announced that he would retire after the 2006–07 Ashes series at SCG on December 21. On December 26, 2006, during his penultimate Test at the MCG, he dismissed English batsman Andrew Strauss to record his 700th Test wicket. It had never happened before that a player had 700 Test wickets. The 89,155 spectators gave standing ovations for the wicket, referred to as a “classic Warne dismissal.”
At the same location as his debut Test 15 years prior, Warne’s final Test was held at SCG. With his 1,000th international wicket, Warne stopped England’s opening inning by trapping Monty Panesar’s leg before wicket for a duck. Andrew Flintoff, an all-rounder for England, was stumped by Adam Gilchrist for Warne’s final Test wicket. Only two bowlers, including Muttiah Muralitharan, have more than 1,000 wickets in international cricket. Warne is one of them. The ICC and Cricinfo included Warne in the World Test XI for his 2006 efforts. Also in 2006, at the Allan Border Medal ceremony, the ACB—then known as Cricket Australia (CA), presented Warne with the Men’Test Player of the Year award
Twenty20 career (2008–2013)
Shane Warne joined the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2008 as their captain after retiring from international cricket. He was purchased for US$450,000 at the preseason player auction. The Royals won the competition’s inaugural season under Warne’s leadership. He served as the Royals’ captain for four more seasons, the 2011 campaign being his final with the team.
In November 2011, Warne secured a contract to play for the Melbourne Stars in Australia’s first Big Bash League (BBL). With seven wickets in eight games and an economy rate of 6.74 runs per over, Warne helped the Stars advance to the tournament semi-finals.
For profane language, making “inappropriate physical contact with a player or official” Marlon Samuels, and “expressing strong dissatisfaction at an umpire’s decision” in a 2013 BBL match against the Melbourne Renegades, Warne was fined $4500 and given a one-match suspension. Warne announced his official retirement from all forms of cricket in July 2013 and said he would no longer lead the Melbourne Stars in the BBL.
Warne led the Rest of the World team in the Bicentennial Celebration game at Lord’s in July 2014. Warne was hired as the Rajasthan Royals’ IPL 2018 squad mentor in February 2018
Shane warne wife
Shane Warne was married to Simone Callahan from 1999 to 2005. They had three children: Summer, Jackson, and Brooke. After it was discovered he was texting sexual text messages to a British nurse while still married to Callahan, Warne lost his position as Australian vice-captain in 2000. After accepting sponsorship from a nicotine patch manufacturer in exchange for quitting smoking, he also got into a fight with several adolescent lads who snapped a picture of him smoking.  Two years after divorcing, Warne and Callahan were said to be reconciled in April 2007. But five months later, Callahan broke up with Warne after accidentally sending her a text message meant for someone else.
After their breakup, Warne began dating English actress Elizabeth Hurley.
After it was revealed that Warne had been sending sexually explicit texts to a married Melbourne businesswoman, their connection appeared to be short-lived. However, the couple ignited a media frenzy when Hurley moved into Warne’s mansion in Brighton, Victoria. Hurley and Warne announced their engagement in late 2011, but by December 2013, they had broken it up. Later, Warne stated, “Elizabeth and I were more in love than I had imagined possible. We had a love that I miss. The happiest years of my life were those I spent with Elizabeth.”
After quitting cricket, Warne worked for the Shane Warne Foundation to help seriously ill and less fortunate kids.
The foundation was established in 2004 and gave out £400,000; one of its events was a poker tournament for charity. The charity was shut down in 2017 after operating at a loss for four of the previous five years. The foundation raised $465k but spent $550k in 2014.
Warne was put on a ventilator “to make sure there were no longer-lasting complications” after contracting COVID-19 in August 2021.
According to him, Australians will have to adapt to living with the virus because “I had a pounding headache and I had one day where I had the shivers, but sweating, like when you have the flu.” Warne was born with complete heterochromia, which caused his right eye to be blue and his left eye to be green.
Shane Warne died
At 52,Shane Warne passed away from what was likely a heart attack on March 4, 2022, while on vacation in Thailand’s Ko Samui. Warne paid respect to fellow Australian cricketer Rod Marsh on Twitter a few hours before his passing the same day Marsh passed away. Warne’s body was flown from Thailand to Melbourne on a private aircraft six days after passing.
On March 20, 2022, Warne had a private funeral at Moorabbin Oval in Melbourne, serving as the club’s headquarters and previous home field. Warne’s parents, three children, and a few ex-coaches led the mourners in remembrance. Warne was memorialized in front of the public on March 30 at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Shane Warnes net worth
Shane Warne was an Australian cricket player who had a net worth of $50 million at the time of his death. Tragically, Shane died on March 3, 2022 at the age of 52 from a heart attack. Shane Warne was regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the sport.