The popular, charismatic and always entertaining Shane Warne is not only one of Australia’s most successful sportsmen, but is a superstar of global proportions. ‘Warney’, as he is affectionately known, is arguably the greatest bowler ever to play the game of cricket. Shane is Australia's highest ever wicket taker with 708 test wickets at an average of 25.42 - a genius of the game in every respect.
Shane’s world class talents have been recognised through a number of distinguished awards, including being named one of only five Wisden’s Cricketers of the 20th Century, in Australia’s Cricket Team of the 20th Century, BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2005, and Victoria’s Greatest Ever Sportsman in 2002. In 2011 Shane was honoured with the unveiling of a bronze statue of himself at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after which he was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.
Retired from international cricket since 2007, the ‘King of Spin’ now spends his time working for his charity for seriously ill and underprivileged children, The Shane Warne Foundation. Shane also spends time sharing his peerless cricketing insights on his website ShaneWarne.com, as a columnist for the Telegraph in London and various Australian publications as well as commentating for both Channel Nine and Fox Sports in Australia and Sky Sports in the UK. Shane captained and coached the Indian Premier League’s Rajasthan Royals for the first four years of the IPL, including to victory in the first ever IPL Twenty20 cricket tournament in 2008.
More recently, and to the delight of Australian fans, Shane joined the Melbourne Stars for the inaugural Big Bash League where he was one of the standout players of the tournament – putting on display his unrivalled cricketing genius and reaffirming himself as one of the true greats of the game.