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“Warnie had a way”: Gilchrist shares emotional tribute to Warne

2022-03-05T12:00+11:00

Shane Warne’s passing has left a significant mark on the international sporting community.

One of the most recognisable faces in the sport of cricket, Warne passed on Friday in Thailand from a suspected heart attack.

The friends he was staying with tried to revive him, but to no avail, and the King of Spin was pronounced dead at hospital.

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews has since confirmed an offer for a state funeral for Warne.

He was a polarising, yet much-loved figure in Australian cricket during his playing days and will no doubt go down as one of the nation's best ever cricketers.

While he had his off-field issues, his former teammate, Adam Gilchrist, says none of those incidents ever ruined the side’s chemistry, and he credits that to the strength of Warne’s character.

“One of the most often asked questions of me say, ‘it must have been hard to reign Warnie in, did it ever have a negative effect on the team?’ Gilchrist said.

“Of all the off-field issues or the tabloids and headlines… it never did (have a negative effect), never once.

“Never once did it feel like his off-field stuff or his personality compromised what we were trying to achieve as a team.

“I really say that with conviction.

“Whatever team he was playing for, particularly if it was Australia, all he wanted to do was just do it as best as he possibly could.

“He was so committed to it, he just switched on.

“Half of us wouldn’t be able to leave our hotel room if we knew what was going to be on the front page or the back page, but Warnie had a way to get there and just turn the motor on.

“That’s an amazing mindset, so make of all the off-field stuff what you want, anyone can judge that, but he was just remarkable and just extraordinary, fun and loyal.”

In a lengthy tribute, Gilchrist also spoke on Warne’s brilliance on and off the cricket field, as well as a dive into his marvellous character.

Listen to Adam Gilchrist’s full tribute below

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