The popular, charismatic and always entertaining Shane Warne is not only one of Australia’s most successful sportsperson 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.
Shane is a match winner who often saves his best for the biggest occasions. He loves the big stage and none come bigger than an Ashes series between Australia and England. In 36 Tests against the old enemy, Warne took 195 wickets at an outstanding average of 23.25. His 195 wickets are comfortably the highest by any bowler in Ashes contests.
Shane retired from international cricket after helping Australia to a 5-0 Ashes series victory over England in 2007. He took 708 wickets in 145 Tests during a 15 year career for Australia, reaffirming himself as one of the true greats of the game.
The ‘King of Spin’ now spends his time commentating for both Channel Nine and Star. 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, and Captained the Melbourne Stars in the BBL where he was instrumental in the establishment phase on and off the field of the Melbourne Stars.
Most recently, Shane’s focus has been on developing the Cricket All Stars League in the USA. The brainchild of Shane and Sachin Tendulkar, the All Stars tour made its way through three American cities, with exhibition matches and cricket clinics involving an all-star line-up of cricketing greats such as Akram, Mcgrath and Lara to name a few.
Shane is available for a range of corporate speaking and MC arrangements. For more information, please visit www.selspeakers.com.