Sports stars and showbiz – as well as more than 50,000 spectators – will pay tribute to cricket legend Shane Warne at his state monument today, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The MCG is the scene of many of Warne’s iconic bowling moments, including a hat – trick against England in 1994 and his 700th Test wicket at Boxing Day in 2006.
Musicians Elton John, Ed Sheeran, and Chris Martin will send video contributions and other guests at the star-studded affair will include Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, and Kylie Minogue.
They will be joined by politicians, including Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews.
The Great Southern Stand of the Ground is also named in honor of Warne.
‘It’s what he deserves,’ says son
“There is no better place in the world” to hold Warne’s memory and “say goodbye,” said his son, Jackson Warne.
“It’s a great honor to have it at the MCG. He’s done a lot of great things here. He’s made a lot of Victorians, Melbourneians and Australians really proud here.”
“It’s what he deserves,” he added.
Warne’s father, Keith Warne, said it would be a “great party” and a “massive night”.
“Seventeen years of playing here …” he said.
“All of these people who have been following that period are getting to see a really big broadcast. It’s what he wanted, to make sure that everyone who can participate can participate.”
Former England captain Nasser Hussain has traveled to Melbourne to express his personal respect.
“It was only a month or so ago that we talked to him on The Cricket Show and he was his usual self bigger than life,” Hussain said. “He was so happy, so professional, and talked to Rob Key and I and we laughed. It’s amazing how life really gets you.”
He described Warne as “absolutely the best cricketer I’ve ever seen and a great friend over the past decades.”
Family attended private funeral
It comes to his family attended a private funeral in his hometown Melbourne on March 20.
Warne’s three children, parents and friends – including retired test captains Mark Taylor and Allan Border and former English skipper Michael Vaughan – were among about 80 guests at the service.
WarneConsidered one of the top cricketers of all time, he retired from international cricket in 2007 to a stellar career where he took 708 Test wickets in 145 matches.
He won the 1999 50-over World Cup and claimed 293 dismissals in 194 one-day international matches between 1993 and 2004.
Warne retired from international cricket in 2007 and continued to play Twenty20 cricket franchise until 2013.
After retirement, the spinner worked as a cricket commentator and in various coaching roles, including with the London Spirit in the inaugural edition of The Hundred in 2021.
Sky Sports will show live coverage of the State Memorial Service, featuring a host of tributes from stars of sports and showbiz. Watch live on Wednesday from 8pm on Sky Sports News and Sky Sports World Cup.
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