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Shane Warne honored in Australia vs South Africa Gift Day competition


Warne, considered one of the top players of all time, died on March 4, aged 52.© AFP

Australia and South Africa players will wear wide-brimmed soft hats while singing the national anthem at the Boxing Day Test in honor of shooting legend Shane Warne. The MCG Giveaway Day contest will be Warne’s first Test match at home, which will see him win his 700th Test bat in his final appearance at the venue during the Ceremony. ashes in 2006, since his death in March. Cricket Australia (CA) planned a series of tributes during the Second Competition, including a pre-match ceremony to recognize the importance of MCG in Warne’s life and career.

Warne, widely regarded as one of the top players of all time, died on March 4, aged 52, while on vacation with friends on the island of Samui in southern Thailand.

The legend’s soft hat spins and a ball will stand at the entrance to the field for players to line up on their way out to listen to the national anthems before the game.

Cricket.com.au reports that his Test 350 exponent will be painted on the racquet’s MCG turf square for the match.

At 3:50pm on Gift Day, Warne’s image will be displayed on the MCG screens while Victorian celebrity highlight packs will be rolled out during the match.

Fans who attended the match were also encouraged to wear soft hats and apply Warne’s trademark zinc cream.

Warne is credited with reviving the art of spinning bowling. He won 708 championships in 145 Tests during an illustrious career spanning 15 years.

The news of his death caused a shockwave throughout the cricket community.

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