Shane Warne shared his thoughts on a wild chant from English fans in the 2005 Ashes series, months before he died from shock from a suspected heart attack aged just 52.
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The cricketer died of a suspected heart attack on Friday at the age of 52.
The Australian had 15 extremely successful years as an international cricketer, particularly against his country’s biggest rivals.
The leg spinner handled an amazing 195 wickets Ash, more than any other bowler and emerged victorious multiple times.
However, he was part of the Australia side that lost 2-1 to England in the memorable 2005 series.
During that compelling five-game Test series, months after his divorce from Simone Callahan, a former promotion girl for Foster’s, Warne was subjected to a wild Barmy Army chant.
Months before his tragic death, the Aussie shared his horrible treatment at the hands of his rival fans.
He told Fox Cricket: “A week before the Ashes series I have to do that and pull myself off the canvas to get out there and play against a top-flight English team in 2005.
“Having the Barmy Army six hours a day, not just ten minutes, to sing songs and say, ‘Where’s your wife gone?’
“But I’m sitting there worrying about my kids, who I was hoping to spend three months of the Ashes series with.
“And through my own fault they had to turn around and find a flight so I was devastated.
“And that was the low point of my life, and I had to go out and do an Ashes series.”
The divorce came after reports surfaced that Warne had cheated on Callahan, which he later admitted.
His family, including his three children, left England on the eve of the Ashes, leaving a devastated Warne alone in his hotel room.
Warne admitted in his documentary Shane, “I was alone on the hotel room floor shouting ‘you idiot’.”
It was a hot period for the cricketing legend but the following year he helped his team retake the Ashes in the 2006/07 Serie Down Under, crushing England 5-0.
Warne took 23 of his 195 Ashes wickets in the whitewash, and the final Test of the series marked his final cap.
Considered one of the greatest players of all time, the cricketer helped revitalize the art of leg-spin bowling when he burst onto the scene in the 1990s.
During his glorious career he won a mammoth 708 Test match wickets, along with 293 scalps in ODI cricket, and helped Australia win the 1999 Cricket World Cup, where he was joint best wicket-taker and won the man of the match final .
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