Cricket South Africa and former Proteas captain Graeme Smith have joined the sporting world to mourn the passing of Australian leg spinner Shane Warne, who died of a heart attack on Friday aged 52.
Warne made his debut in 1992 and played his last Test in 2007. He finished his career with 708 Test wickets.
Smith, South Africa’s director of cricket and a player who played against Warne at the height of his career, said: “In life you are privileged to meet people who have changed the game. Shane Warne changed the game. RIP brother .”
Warne was named one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the century – alongside Donald Bradman, Garfield Sobers, Jack Hobbs and Vivian Richards.
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CSA acting CE Pholetsi Moseki said: “Warne was one of the best cricketers the game has seen. He was a legend of our great game, to which he gave so much and still had so much to give.
“He was an inspiration to aspiring cricketers. His passing is a sad loss from which the cricket community will take time to recover. Sincere condolences to his family.”
Chairman of the Board of CSA Lawson Naidoo added: “On behalf of Cricket South Africa, I offer my sincere condolences to Cricket Australia, assuring that we share in their pain, especially after the passing of another cricket great, Rod Marsh .”