Australian cricket icon Shane Warne passes away at 52 age

Shane Warne, an Australian cricketer who helped his country win the 1999 World Cup and was one of five teams to win the Ashes during his playing career, died at the age of 52 on Friday.

A prominent name in international cricket, Shane Warne, since his debut in 1992, has played 145 Tests for Australia, earning 708 wickets for his leg-spin. In his 194 ODI matches, Warne grabbed 293 scalp.

Best known as ‘Warnie’, he made his first Test at SCG in 1992 against India and gained international acclaim when he presented the centenary ball in 1993, which was to be remembered for years by cricket fans around the world.

Warne was undoubtedly the greatest leg thrower, with 708 wickets. He also took 293 One-Day International wickets and appeared more than 300 in Australia in all formats.

Warne also won more Ashes wickets than any other bowler in history.

Warne was named one of Wisden 's five cricket players of the century for his unparalleled achievement in 15 years' work between 1992 and 2007.

In 2013, the year he retired from the sport, he was admitted to the ICC Hall of Fame. His retirement from the rest of the world happened even more before that in 2007.

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