Shane Warne’s 7 Greatest moments against England

by Chris Balding

There aren’t many superstars in cricket but Shane Warne was and perhaps the biggest and most beloved not only in his home country Australia but around the world too.  

The 52 year old’s life was tragically cut short due to an expected heart attack while on holiday with friends in Thailand. 

While he caused a stir off the pitch he will always be known as perhaps the best spin bowler to ever play the sport.  During his international career the Aussie took 708 Test wickets and 293 one-day dismissals. 

With a highlight reel that spans over 15 years there are plenty of memorable moments that showcase how good he was and one team he was a nightmare for was England. Let’s take a look at his best bit against what he would have called the poms!

Ball of the century 

In his first Ashes in 1993 a young Shane Warne was facing an experienced Mike Gatting at the crease. Not letting the occasion get the best of him, Warne’s first delivery was heading wide of the outside leg stump only for it to miraculously bounce back to knock off the bails. The renowned bowl is widely known as the ‘ball of the century’.  It is still a great watch as Gatting doesn’t initially leave the crease as he believes the Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy had knocked the bails off himself. 

Gabba Test

In the 94/95 Ashes series Warne achieved a career best eight for 71 in the second innings of the first Test at the Gabba. He finished the Test with 11 wickets for 110 runs as England were well and truly beaten in the opening Test of the 1994/95 series. Coming into the series England were undefeated all summer long which shows how good Warne was.

Melbourne Cricket Ground hattrick

In the following Test match of the 94/95 Ashes series Warne would produce another occasion of magic  that tormented The Barmy Army once again. In the Boxing day Test in Warne’s hometown Melbourne he would go on to get his first and only Test hat-trick. In successive deliveries he sent Phil DeFreitas, Darren Gough and Devon Malcolm back to the pavilion. 

Dance like nobody’s watching

It wasn’t just his performances on the pitch that made him a legend but it was also his antics off the field that made Shane Warne go down in history. In the final match of the 97 Ashes series Australia won to clinch the series win with Warne being the man of the series. To celebrate the win Warne decided to jump on a chair on a balcony at Trent Bridge and celebrated by dancing, stirring the crowd up. 

Warne calms crowd

During an ODI between Australia v England at the MCG in 1999 the game turned sour as the crowd started getting rowdy throwing cans and bottles onto the field forcing the England team to run and find cover. Only one man could save the day and calm the crowd and that was the captain for the day Shane Warne who ran out the dressing room over to the crowd asking them to stop which they did and then the crowd broke out into the “Warne-y” chant. This was just a glimpse of how much he was adored. 

Best Bowling at an Ashes

In the 2005 Ashes series in England which is hailed as the greatest Test, Warne produced the best display of bowling of his career. Even with the Ashes eventually going to England, Warne kept Australia in the series with 40 wickets, a sensational average of just 19.92! 

He also put up an impressive batting display with a 249-run haul, which included a brilliant knock of 90 in the third Test at Old Trafford. 

Even with the fierce rivalry England stood up and praised Warne by singing ‘We only wish you were English’.

Ending on a high

It was Warne’s last ever Test series and with the second to last Test match in his hometown ground the MCG. The Aussies already won the Ashes series as they won the previous 3 Tests with pride only to be won in the final two games. However Warne was more motivated than most as he was on 699 Test wickets going into the match looking to be the first player to ever reach 700. As Warne went up to bowl the crowd held their breath hoping each ball bowled would knock over the bails. The wait didn’t last long as Warne finally bowled out Andrew Strauss with a leg spinner which made the 86,000 strong crowd erupt into applaud as Warne celebrated his milestone by running in circles totally elated. 

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