Shane Warne, spin genius with a soap opera life


– Success despite the scandals –

And yet his performance in Australia’s failed Ashes campaign in England in 2005 is seen by some pundits as the pinnacle of his career, when he overcame his disintegrating marriage and a tabloid frenzy to take 40 wickets.

He also missed the 2003 World Cup in South Africa after testing positive the day before the tournament for a banned diuretic – a diet pill sometimes used to mask steroids – in a drug scandal that saw him banned for a year.

Warne returned to Test cricket in March 2004, but never played one-day internationals again, preferring instead to concentrate on the longer form of the game.

Warne continued to play after ending his Test career in January 2007 and scripted a title triumph with a ragtag Rajasthan Royals side in the inaugural Indian Premier League in 2008, highlighting his abilities of motivation and motivation.

But his last season in charge of Rajasthan in 2011 did not deliver his hoped-for fairy tale finale.

He started well, initially managing to fox batsmen with his turn and flight, but gradually lost his rhythm as even inexperienced youngsters began to hit him for six with ease and consistency.

Problems off the pitch also marred his farewell season.

He had a nasty row with a local cricket administrator, a tiff with Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar, and appeared crestfallen in his last matches after criticizing the ground used in home matches.

Warne then returned home to help launch Australia’s Big Bash League and helped raise the profile of the domestic Twenty20 league in its first two seasons as one of its biggest draw cards.

Warne was inducted into the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame at Lord’s in 2013, just days after finally ending his career.


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