Australian legend Shane Warne has spoken of the ups and downs of his busy life in a candid interview with talkSPORT.
The iconic leg spinner is the second-biggest wicket-taker in Test history, bamboozling the batsmen time and time again during a glittering 17-year international career.
Warne is a true sports icon
And he remains a popular figure in the game
But the 52-year-old, now one of the game’s most popular commentators, has found himself at the center of much controversy off the pitch.
Having emerged as one of the most well-known sportsmen on the planet, Warne was often in the headlines of the world newspapers as well as in the back, and in 2005 it cost him his marriage.
In a new documentary titled ‘Shane’, the Victorian reflects on crossing a barrier of emotional pain to compete in the 2005 Ashes, which ended in a loss for Australia and became one of the biggest series in the world. ‘story.
He told talkSPORT: “The lowest point of my life was the Ashes streak of 2005. I played for Hampshire for a few months and the kids were coming in just before the Ashes started. They were at school, so it was their school vacation period.
“Unfortunately, a newspaper article came out. This led to the divorce and the children returned home a week after their arrival.
Warne was married to Simone Callahan between 1995 and 2005 before a high-profile split
“Then I had to get up off the canvas and try to start an Ashes series, which wasn’t easy. It was a pretty difficult time in my life. It’s not easy when your personal life is still in the papers and has been for 30 years.
“When it’s your own doing, it’s not easy to accept, but I have to live with it.
“I wasn’t going to get out of an Ashes series. The kids wanted me to play, so I did. But it was a really difficult time.
“It was the only Ashes I played that we lost and it was probably one of the greatest series of all time.
“I played pretty well with the bat and the ball. I was quite proud of my own achievement given the personal struggles and difficult personal situation I found myself in.
Warne shares three children with ex-wife Simone Callahan – Brooke, 23, Jackson, 22, and Summer, 20.
The former cricketer reveals that they are the most important thing in his life and they continue to fill him with pride.
Warne was still Australia’s best player during the iconic Ashes series of 2005
He added, “We’ve had a lot of talk over the years, now that they’re older, about some of the good things, some of the bad things that they wanted to understand, and we all have a great relationship.
“These are the most important things in my life. Some of the choices that I made in my life, at a younger age, I have to live with for the rest of my life and it has affected them.
“It’s not easy to live with. It’s not easy to talk about it. But I think it was important to talk to my kids about the fact that we are all human.
“Sometimes people like to judge, which I don’t like to do. But my kids only see me as daddy. It’s been a really cool trip with them, seeing them grow into wonderful adults – well-rounded, well-behaved, grateful. I am therefore very proud of this achievement.
On the pitch, Warne has many records to boast of, but being such a jovial character, he’s decided to discuss some of the most embarrassing feats of his career.
Warne was famous for his gravity-defying leg fractures
The Australian continued, “I think there are only two of us in the history of the game who have taken over 300 wickets, scored over 3,000 points and over 100 catches – that’s me and Ian Botham.
“I have a few records that you might like and that I’m not proud of! I have the most tests in the history of the game without a hundred. I was hit for the over six until Muttiah Muralitharan was hit for a few more in his last game. Glenn McGrath didn’t get anything in his last test, so he beat me to the max!
However, the history books might look a little different if the St Kilda Aussie Rules Football Club decided not to give up on a young Warne, who reveals cricket was third on their priority list growing up.
He added: “I never dreamed of playing cricket for Australia. I dreamed of being Dennis Lilee and Ian Chappell in the backyard, like most Australian children did in the ’70s and early’ 80s.
“But I wanted to play Australian football. I played St Kilda for a while. I also played tennis and was ranked # 2 in Victoria.
Things could have been different if this kid ended up playing Australian rules
“I did a lot of sports and suddenly I got the letter from St Kilda saying that my services were no longer needed.
“It was like a dagger, being told that you are not good enough to make your dream come true.
“Then I thought I would have a good crack at tennis, but I started to play cricket really well.
“I played a few games for Victoria, then I played for Australia. It all happened between giving up the Australian rules, thinking about playing tennis, and then 18 months later, I was playing for Australia.
“During my first test match, I had to introduce myself to some players because I had never met them!
“I have never been given anything easy in my life, I had to work for absolutely everything I won – and I like it that way. “
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