Shane Warne would have been a “great” England manager with his immense knowledge of the game, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has said in a moving tribute to the legendary spinner.
After Chris Silverwood was sacked following the Ashes’ 4-0 win in Australia, Warne had told friends of his aspiration to become England manager, weeks before his shock death from a suspected heart attack while vacationing in Thailand.
“His (Warne’s) passion and knowledge of the game is something to behold. He would have made a great manager. To have someone like Warne take over the England cricket team, I think he would have done great job,” Ponting told his colleague. broadcaster Isa Guha on ‘The ICC Review’.
“It’s a huge loss to the world game. It’s as simple as that, whether he did any coaching or even just the way he speaks, the insights he gave us through his comments, I think we’ll all miss it.”
Ponting, who played for much of his 15-year international career with Warne, said the spin king hasn’t told him about his plans to lead the England side, however.
“He didn’t (told me about it) because I would have tried to talk him out of it pretty quickly.
“I think he had a pretty good idea of what to talk to me about and what not to talk to me about. He would have made a great coach,” the batting legend said.
Guha herself said Warne’s desire to coach England was real.
In a column for ‘News Corp’, Guha said Warne pitched the idea to him.
The last time I saw Shane Warne in person, he asked me a question… ‘Hey Ish, can’t wait to put my hand up for that job in England, what do you think?’ He was serious,” Guha wrote.
Warne previously coached and managed the Rajasthan Royals to win the inaugural Indian Premier League in 2008. He also coached The Hundred franchise, the London Spirit.
“I know he did a bit in The Hundred (with the London Spirit) but to have someone like Shane Warne take over the England cricket team now, he would have done a great job,” said Bridge.
“I don’t think he left too much in his head. Whenever he had something to say, he made sure to let it be known and he did it in such a good way.
“It was in an educational way. It was what he was. He was truly a teacher through his comments.”
Warne’s career was marred by many unfortunate incidents and controversies and one of the lowest points was when he had to deal with his broken marriage to his wife Simone Callahan, days before the famous 2005 series Ashes. .
Their marriage lasted 10 years before the pair split in 2005. But Warne showed character, coming back with 40 wickets and finishing fifth for Australia in their 1-2 loss.
“I was worried about him, not just his cricket, but his life and his home. I wanted to make sure everything was okay,” Ponting recalled.
“I finally got him over breakfast and talked to him. He was like, ‘Buddy, what are you talking about? Something’s up.’
“If you look back, that was probably the greatest streak he had in his career, not just with the ball but with the bat.
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