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Shane Warne: WA cricket boss says spinner “loved fans and they loved him”

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WA cricket boss Christina Matthews says the sport is in shock, first and foremost having to come to terms with the death of the great Rod March – and now Shane Warne.

“It was a big enough shock to lose Rhoda and then within 24 hours to lose Shane Warne,” Ms. Matthews said.

“Everyone walks around almost stunned as it can happen.

“It’s surreal. “It’s one of those things (hearing about Warren’s death) that you think is ‘untrue, they made a mistake.’

“It kind of distracted you from everything. You just think, “How did this happen?”

Camera iconRod Marsh and former Shane Warne. Credit: Ryan Pierce/Getty Images
Camera icon WA Cricket CEO Christina Matthews says fans liked Shane Warne. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/Western Australian

Rod Marsh and Shane Warne were friends – and members of the royal family.

Their deaths this week shocked the world.

On Saturday, cricket and non-cricket enthusiasts in Australia woke up to the news that Warne had died on suspicion of a heart attack in Thailand at the age of just 52.

Shane Warne with fans at Perth Airport.
Camera iconShane Warne with fans at Perth Airport. Credit: Lincoln Baker/WA News
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 11: Shane Warne shows fans how to keep the ball running and signing his DVD "Shane Warne, King of Spin in 2004.
Camera iconMELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 11: Shane Warne shows fans how to keep the ball running and signing his DVD “Shane Warne, King of Spin in 2004. Credit: Mark Dadswell/Getty Images
Fans lay flowers at the statue of cricket legend Shane Warne at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday, March 5, 2022.
Camera iconFans lay flowers at the statue of cricket legend Shane Warne at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday, March 5, 2022. Credit: Asanka Brendan Ratnayake/AP

Ms. Matthews said the spinner was a cricket genius, but also a man who loves people.

“He loved people, and people loved him,” she said.

“I remember going to the dressing room with him once, and he just stopped when people asked for his autographs.

“He was very warm to everyone who wanted to say hello to him.”

In a special edition of The Sunday Times – the legend of Australian cricket Shane Warne. His life in photographs, reactions from around the world, a tribute to the memory of those who knew him best, and a special commemorative poster. Only in The Sunday Times.

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