Shane Warne begins final journey home to Australia

The body of Australian cricket great Shane Warne has started its final journey home

Lawrence Ostlere
Thursday 10 March 2022 11:36
Cricket legend Shane Warne dies aged 52

Shane Warne’s body has begun its journey back to Australia after the cricket legend’s death in Thailand last week.

Warne, considered one of the greatest bowlers of all time and a key figure in Australia’s domination of the sport through the 90s and 2000s, died aged 52 after suffering a suspected heart attack while on holiday with friends on the popular tourist island of Koh Samui.

Just before dawn on Thursday, his coffin — draped in an Australian flag — was put into an ambulance at the Thai Police Forensic Institute and driven to an international airport. Local media said a private jet was expected to fly Warne's body back to his hometown of Melbourne, Australia.

The Victoria state government is planning to host a state memorial service for Warne on March 30 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, home to many of Warne’s greatest sports moments, after the family holds a private funeral.

“There’s nowhere in the world more appropriate to farewell Warnie than the ’G,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews posted Wednesday on social media.

The MCG was the stage of Warne’s famous Ashes hat trick in 1994 and his 700th test wicket on Boxing Day in 2006 during his final series before retiring from international cricket. He was born and raised in Melbourne.

Warne’s family issued a statement late Monday describing the night of his death on 4 March as the beginning of “a never-ending nightmare.”

Additional reporting by AP

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