Cricket Australia has announced to honor legendary cricketer and leg-spinner Shane Warne by naming the Australian Men’s Test Player of the Year in his name. Shane Warne passed away in March this year due to a suspected heart attack on a vacation at an island in Thailand.
Cricket Australia hosts the annual cricketing awards each year in the month of January. Along with the Men’s Test Player of the Year award, other prominent awards like the Allan Border Medal for the best men’s batsman across all the three formats and the Belinda Clark Medal for women’s circuit across all the three formats is also garlanded to the performing cricketers.
Cricket Australia (CA) and Australian Cricket Association (ACA) jointly announced to honor Warne by naming the Men’s Test Player of the Year award in his name during the course of the ongoing Boxing Day Test Match between Australia and South Africa.
Notably, the second Test between Australia and South Africa is being hosted at the home ground of Warne, i.e. the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. This is the first international test fixture being hosted at MCG following Warne’s sudden demise.
Both the teams honored the life of Warne and paid their respectful homage before the start of the game. The members of the Australian and South African contingent wore floppy hats and applied zinc cream, identical to Warne’s dressing while walking out for the national anthem. Fans were also encouraged to do the same and they did turn up in large numbers.
Cricket Australia Chief Executive Nick Hockley addressed the media and said that Warne had undisputedly been the most prolific and legendary spin-king for Australia and the board is delighted to announce and honor the veteran by naming the award in his name.
Interestingly, Shane Warne has also won the Test Player of the Award back in 2006. The astonishing spinner has acclaimed 708 wickets in 145 tests and holds the record of being the third-most successful bowler in the history of test cricket.