Sean Vaughan’s file photo© AFP
In memory of the late Shane Warne, Sri Lanka cricket has decided to dedicate the upcoming first Test against Australia to Australia. When the first Test between Sri Lanka and Australia takes place on June 29 at the Galle International Stadium, Sri Lankans will be in the spotlight, paying tribute to the great cricketing talent in history. Warner died prematurely on March 4 in Thailand at the age of 53 after a suspected heart attack.
“The gesture of the Sri Lanka cricket body is to acknowledge Vaughan as one of Sri Lanka’s true friends who personally flew over and visited the affected areas during the 2004 tsunami disaster and made generous donations, especially to the families of homeless cricketers Donate,” SLC said in an official statement.
Galle was the venue where the Australian superstar became the first bowler in Test cricket history to score 500 wickets. Of these, this June 29 is sure to evoke moving memories of Shane Warne, the indomitable cricket fighter in the middle who doesn’t budge or asks for anything, but proves to be a true friend of his opponents off the field in difficult situations .
Indeed, Vaughan’s generosity does show that the game of cricket has moved beyond the boundaries of competition. Sri Lanka Cricket was recognised by Sri Lanka’s cricket by deciding to honour Vaughan by dedicating the Galle Test to the great memory.
Born Shane Keith Warne on September 13, 1969, the Australian continues to take the art of spin bowling to the next level.
His most famous wicket catch is the arm ball that makes him stand out. He took a record 708 Test wickets in 145 matches and 293 ODI wickets in 194 matches. Warne is also remembered as the most colorful personality in the game for his outgoing attitude and his endearing laugh and big smile.
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