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‘RIP King’: Shane Warne’s career celebrated by Australian cricket greats

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Australian cricket greats and former teammates have paid tribute to Shane Warne, following his sudden death in Thailand.

Warne died of a suspected heart attack, aged 52.

He played 145 Tests for Australia, taking 708 wickets at an average of 25.41, and was a member of the 1999 World Cup-winning squad in the ODI arena.

Warne sits second on the all-time Test wicket-takers list, behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (800).

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The Australian men’s Test team observed a minute’s silence before the start of play on day two of the first Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi.

Australian players observed a minute’s silence before the start of play on day two in Rawalpindi.(AP: Anjum Naveed)

The women’s ODI team paid their respects prior to their opening World Cup match against England in New Zealand.

Former Australia captain and TV commentator Bill Lawry said Warne stood alongside Don Bradman as the greatest player he had seen.

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