Shane Warne's advertisement: The sheikh of tweak
'It was said of Augustus that he found Rome brick and left it marble: the same is true of Warne and spin bowling.' Australian journalist Gideon Haigh, 2007.
Shane Keith Warne debuted for Australia in 1992 and played 145 Tests and 194 One-Day Internationals before retiring from the national team in 2007.
Warne is a right-arm spin bowler, renowned for his accuracy, variety and extraordinary ability to turn the ball. Warne — dubbed 'The Sheikh of Tweak' — became Australia's highest-ever wicket-taker and is the first player to take 700 Test wickets.
Warne is a cricketing icon in Australia and overseas. He served as captain of the Hampshire team in the English country cricket competition from 2005 to 2007, and in 2008 led the Rajasthan Royals to victory in the first ever Indian Premier League final.
Left: English captain Mike Gatting is bowled by Shane Warne in the 1993 Ashes series. Many cricket commentators have rated this furiously spun delivery as the 'ball of the century'. Courtesy: Steve Lindsell, Getty Images.
Left: Warne, as captain and coach, leads the Rajasthan Royals onto the field in the Indian Premier League in 2008. The team includes a number of international players, including Warne's former arch rival, South African Graeme Smith. Courtesy: Cricket.com.
Left: In the age of televised sport and star endorsements, Shane Warne has become a popular celebrity as well as a cricketing icon. At times, his private life has attracted as much attention as his accomplishments on the field. Courtesy: Daily Mirror.