Shane Warne: Minute’s silence held & MCG stand to be renamed after iconic cricketer’s death

A tribute to Shane Warne at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
Tributes have come from around the world following Shane Warne’s death on Friday

A minute’s silence was held before Australia men and women’s matches as tributes to continued to pour in for Shane Warne, who died on Friday.

Leg-spinner Warne, one of the greatest cricketers of all time, died of a suspected heart attack aged 52.

A stand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground will be permanently renamed the SK Warne Stand as a tribute.

Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath described Warne as the “ultimate competitor”.

McGrath, who formed a formidable partnership with Warne for Australia, said:external-link “Warnie was larger than life. I thought nothing could ever happen to him.

“He thought the game was never lost, that he could turn it around and bring us to victory, which he did so many times.”

Fans left flowers, beer cans and photographs at Warne’s statue at the MCG.

Warne took his first Test hat-trick at the MCG and also claimed his 700th Test wicket at the ground in 2006.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has offered a state funeral to the family of a man who he said “defined a generation”.

“To us, he was the greatest – but to his family, he was so much more. Our hearts are breaking for Shane’s family and friends,” Andrews said.

“I have offered a state funeral to his family so Victorians can pay tribute to his legacy and contribution to our state, community and country.”

State funerals are held to honour people of national significance.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also offered his family a state funeral for Warne.

Tributes are laid at the Shane Wane statue at the MCG
Photographs were laid at Warne’s statue at the MCG
A cricket ball left at Shane Warne's statue at the MCG
Warne took 708 wickets in 145 Tests for Australia
A man lays flowers at Shane Warne's statue at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
A stand will be renamed at the MCG in Warne’s honour

Former Australia batter Ricky Ponting, who captained Warne from 2004-2007, called him “the greatest bowler I ever played with or against”.

“He gave me my nickname [Punter]. We were team-mates for more than a decade, riding all the highs and lows together,” Ponting wrote on Twitter.

“Through it all he was someone you could always count on, someone who loved his family, someone who would be there for you when you needed him and always put his mates first.”

Australia and Pakistan men wore black armbands and held a minute’s silence before play on the second day of the first Test in Lahore.

Australia’s women also wore black armbands in their Women’s World Cup victory against England and observed a silence for both Warne and Rod Marsh, who died on Thursday.

Australia hold a minute's silence for Shane Warne
Australia’s men held a minute’s silence and wore black armbands on Saturday

Leg-spinner Alana King touched her armband after dismissing Tammy Beaumont as a mark of respect to Warne.

Cricketers in the Sheffield Shield, Australia’s domestic competition, also wore black armbands and AFL players observed a minute’s silence.

Tom Mitchell, who plays for Victoria-based Hawthorne in the AFL, left a football by Warne’s statue to pay respect to “a guy who just loved sport”.

Warne died in his villa on the Thai island of Koh Samui on Friday of a suspected heart attack.

Thai police told Reuters one of three friends staying with Warne found him unconscious and performed CPR on him before medics arrived.

They added the death was not being treated as suspicious.

“The case is still under investigation, and will need a detailed autopsy result to prove the real cause of death,” Thai police spokesperson Kissana Phathanacharoen said.

A sign with 'bowling, Shane' - Adam Gilchrist's iconic catchphrase - held by Australia fans
‘Bowling, Shane’ was a catchphrase used by players, fans and pundits alike
A minute's silence for Shane Warne at the Women's Cricket World Cup in New Zealand
A silence was also held at the Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand

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