Michael Vaughan breaks down in tears in tribute to Australian cricketing legend


As England cricket captain, no player tormented Michael Vaughan more than Shane Warne.

But in a sign of the monumental figure of the spinning leg and the treasured friendship that has blossomed between the two men, Vaughan capitulated to tears while paying tribute to the Australian cricketing legend.

Following Warne’s sudden death in a Thai villa at the age of 52, believed to be the result of a heart attack, Vaughan reflected on his remarkable life in a moving conversation on Fox Cricket.

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Nearly six minutes passed as Vaughan remembered Warne for being ‘the greatest’, ‘a foe on the pitch’, ‘a great companion’ off the pitch and his ‘rocking and roll’ shot for life .

For almost a few seconds, Vaughan managed to control his emotions.

Then he managed.

“Here in the UK he has so many very close friends,” Vaughan said.

“I spoke to a lot of them yesterday. They’re disgusted,” he added as he began to choke.

“Sorry.

“He will be greatly missed here.”

Vaughan was overcome with tears and the conversation was cut off.

Warne had some of the most memorable moments of his career on English soil.

There was the “Ball of the Century”, also known as “The Gatting Ball” or simply “That Ball”, which launched a mile outside the stump of Mike Gatting’s leg, but got is torn and has been cannonaded in his ankle. The iconic 1993 delivery to Old Trafford was Warne’s first at Ashes cricket, and he still haunted England in his farewell Test in 2007.

Another of Warne’s jaw-dropping actions in England’s backyard came during a series, when the tallest cricketer in a team brimming with great players captured 40 wickets in less than 20 years. a match, as the Australian closest to his tally of 40 wickets, Brett Lee, managed only half of that.

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The reality is just as Warne piled more wickets into the ashes of 2005 than anyone else involved in the famous series, he put more life into the years he lived than perhaps any other player cricket player to ever set foot on the planet.

“I’m distraught,” Vaughan said at the start of his Fox Cricket cross.

“I hope we can all get together one day and have a glass of red or two.”

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