Statement on Shane Warne
For cricket lovers young and old, here and across the cricket world, it is impossible to believe that Shane Warne is gone. The passion, the excitement, the skill and the character he brought to everything on and off the field will live with us forever.
I will never forget seeing him bowl at the SCG, holding my breath on his run in, watching in fascination as the scarlet Kookaburra spun from his magic hands.
Shane Warne embodied cricket to a generation of Australians and inspired cricketers and fans all around the world. He will be dearly missed.
My thoughts are with his family and friends.
As the Australian men’s cricket team takes the field in Pakistan today, we will be thinking of them as they also take in this devastating news.
Following advice of Shane Warne’s tragic death overnight, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials have spoken to those travelling with Mr Warne in Thailand. Our officials will arrive in Koh Samui today to provide further assistance.
DFAT is working with Thai authorities to confirm arrangements following his passing, assist with his repatriation and provide other assistance on the ground.