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The Matildas are up against European champions England in their Women’s World Cup semifinal at Stadium Australia, with both sides aiming for a spot in the final for the first time.

Awaiting them is Spain, after they won 2-1 in last night’s first semifinal.

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38′ Gorry has a crack

The Matildas are desperate for the equaliser now and Carpenter gives it to Katrina Gorry, who unleashes a solid strike from well outside the box, but it’s directly to Mary Earps’s gloves.


Caitling Foord walks past England celebrating a goal at the Women's World Cup.

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A stunning first-time strike from Ella Toone puts the Lionesses on top of after a lovely pass from Alessia Russo from the byline. It went past Lauren Hemp and Toone snuck into the box from the left wing and expertly latched onto it, sending the ball into the right side of the goal off the outside of her boot.

Mackenzie Arnold never had a chance.

32′ Matildas streaming forward

Hayley Raso gets the ball in midfield and charges forward and lays a good ball through for Ellie Carpenter on the right side of the 18-yard box, but it looked like she is caught in two minds between shooting from the sharp angle and crossing, and goes with neither feast nor famine.

29′ First corner for the Matildas

Hayley Raso gets to the byline and is crunched by a great last-ditch tackle by Rachel Daly.

The corner goes over top to Raso on the left, and her fizzing shot is blocked. Another corner.

But this one’s not as threatening.

27′ Carpenter in a battle

Alessia Russo and Lauren Hemp both challenge Ellie Carpenter down the left, and she wins both contests.

It definitely looks like England’s best option is straight down the hey diddle diddle.

24′ Another foul on Sam Kerr

Sam Kerr on the ground as England's Jess Carter runs away.

Katrina Gorry gets away with a heavy challenge in defence and the Jess Carter is pinged for a high boot on Sam Kerr.(ABC News: Brendan Esposito)none

Pretty dubious one this time to be fair.

19′ Missing the mark

Caitlin Foord and Sam Kerr seemed to have England on the rack after a deep turnover, but Foord couldn’t get the angle on her pass back infield into the path of Kerr.

Another missed opportunity.

17′ England’s forwards showing their pace

Ellie Carpenter with the ball in front of an England opponent at the Women's World Cup.

Ellie Carpenter has the speed to match it with just about anyone, but centre-backs Clare Hunt and Clare Polkinghorne are battling.(Getty)none

Some really tidy interplay gives Alessia Russo some space down the right, but she hits the side-netting with her shot.

Russo and Lauren Hemp are really outpacing Australia’s defenders at the moment. It’s a serious problem.

13′ Flyin’ Lionesses


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England are repeatedly sending long diagonal balls into the box, giving Australia’s new-look defensive line plenty of aerial threats to consider.

This Lucy Bronze makes a good run down the right and Steph Catley gets to it first. She’s clattered from behind and it’s out for a corner.

10′ Yellow card for Alex Greenwood

Mary Fowler found Sam Kerr from the back and Greenwood came steaming in with a rank challenge nowhere near the ball and gets pinged with a yellow card.

No-one is on cautions from previous matches by the way. The count has been reset.

9′ Mackenzie Arnold rescues Australia gain

Georgia Stanway barrels onto a long ball into the box and connects with the volley from over her shoulder, but her side-footed shot is straight into the legs of Matildas keeper Mackenzie Arnold.

Great save, but Stanway could have done more with that. The far post was available.

7′ Sam Kerr misses a golden opportunity, but she’s offside anyway

Sam kerr kicks a ball into Mary Earps.

It was almost a carbon copy of Caitlin Foord’s goal from the Denmark game, with Katrina Gorry unleashing Kerr with a ball over the top and the Matildas captain one-on-one with England goalkeeper Mary Earps. But her left-foot strike was straight into Earps’s legs from the angle.(ABC News: Brendan Esposito)none

And the linesperson already had her offside. She just mistimed the run and it was a pretty easy call.

4′ Feeling-out period

Neither team has really threatened yet, with long balls easily cut off by the defensive lines and counter-attacks ending early.

It’s all feeling a bit frantic to start.

1′ We’re off and running!

Australia's Sam Kerr with the ball in front of England's Keira Walsh.

England kicks off and this full house at Stadium Australia roars.

Kerr’s brought down by Keira Walsh in the middle of the park. Australia gets the free-kick. Expect more of that tonight.(AP)none

Here come the teams

Sam Kerr leading the Matildas out. Millie Bright out the front for the Lionesses.

The anthems are done – Tony Gustavsson belting it out. Now the nerves are setting in.

Not long now

Teams are in the tunnel.

The Welcome to Country has begun.

Kick-off is less than 10 minutes away.

Who’s going to score a Sam Kerr jersey tonight?


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I think it’s fair to say everyone who was in Brisbane on Saturday night will feel incredibly lucky to have been there to witness such a dramatic victory for Australia over France.

But I bet Zara Borcak will feel more fortunate than most.

It was the Old Bridge FC under-10s striker who Kerr singled out at full-time after the shootout to hand her jersey to.

“I am very happy to have this jersey and one day I want to follow in her footsteps,” Zara told the ABC.

Read the full, heartwarming story here.

Pre-game stats


Stats can tell us everything and nothing in this game – so here’s a couple to read absolutely nothing into as we approach the game thanks to our friends at StatsPerform.

Australia has kept four clean sheets (out of five) so far at the World Cup – only three teams have ever kept more at a single edition.

England may have scored 10 goals at this World Cup but, incredibly, have an xG (expected goals) of 9.9 – the only team left in the tournament with an xG that low.England’s Georgia Stanway(Getty Images)none

The Lionesses Georgia Stanway has created 10 chances from open play at the World Cup so far, no player has more.

However, she is the only one of the three players with 10 created chances (Colombia’s Leicy Santos and Spain’s Jenni Hermoso) yet to record an assist – speaking on England’s troubles in scoring from open play.

The Matildas have averaged both the lowest possession figure (51.4 per cent) and passing accuracy (72.5 per cent) of any team left at this World Cup.

But they’ve done plenty of good stuff with it. Only Spain have had more shots (132) and touches in the opposition’s box (267) than the Matildas (76 and 138).

Bad news, mate

A child holds up a sign supporting the Matildas at their Women's World Cup quarterfinal.

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Not only is Alanna Kennedy not playing tonight, she’s not even at the ground due to illness.

What rivalry?


England coach Sarina Wiegman has been coach of England for 37 games now, leading the Lionesses since September 2021 – so she should have a pretty decent idea about how keen a sporting rivalry exists between England and Australia.


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Now, admittedly, she is Dutch, which might factor into this – but the 53-year-old was very keen to downplay any prospect of any Ashes-style rivalry spilling over from the Lord’s Long Room to Stadium Australia.

“We don’t feel that rivalry that much,” she said on Tuesday at her final press conference.

“There’s a lot of it in cricket and rugby, and more recently netball…

“We know it’s going to be competitive.

“They want to beat us and of course we want to beat them, so that’s the main competitiveness we will get tomorrow.”

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It’s not just Wiegman playing things down, in fairness.

On Monday, Keira Walsh said most of the Anglo-Australian rivalry was built on media talk and the players paid little attention.

“For us, it’s not about Australia, we want to win regardless,” she said.

“There’s a rivalry with any team, it doesn’t make any bit of difference if the [Australian] media is talking about beating England.

“There is a lot of rivalries in football – I wouldn’t say this is the main one.

“Whoever you are playing it is going to be an intense game.

“The rivalry is one of the last things we are thinking about.”

No doubt things will change once the 22 players step out on the pitch.


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AUSTRALIA HISTORY: First XI of 1868: Story of Aboriginal Cricket Side to Tour Overseas

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#AceHistoryDesk – First XI of 1868: When thousands of people from across the world attended the public memorial for Shane Warne at the MCG, the day of love and legacy was further proof of how Australia’s identity is inextricably linked with the stories of its athletes.

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Indigenous actors on stage, dressed in black, holding boomerangs and cricket bats. A man dressed in white sits in the middle.
The play Black Cockatoo is about an all-Aboriginal cricket side that was Australia’s first sports team to tour overseas.(Supplied: Ensemble Theatre)none

ABC News: But Warne’s was not the only sporting story commemorated in Victoria last week that offered a glimpse into who we are.

The tale of Australia’s first sports team to tour overseas, an all-Aboriginal cricket side known as the First XI of 1868, was brought to life in a performance by an entirely Indigenous cast.

The play Black Cockatoo tells the story of 13 cricket players who learned the game from the west Wimmera settlers whose farms they worked on.

Partly trained by British cricketer Charles Lawrence and Australian Rules football founder Tom Wills, the men played across Victoria before being smuggled out of the state to play in the UK.

The team of Indigenous cricketers from western Victoria who toured England in 1868.
The team of Indigenous cricketers from western Victoria toured England in 1868.(Supplied: Harrow Discovery Centre)none

With dazzling athleticism, they won or drew 33 of the 47 games they played against British sides in 1868, even while mourning the death of teammate King Cole from tuberculosis.

The play is a tale of triumph, racism, exploitation, illness, culture clash and truth, and references the intense discussion among Indigenous Australians over what they want to achieve with truth-telling.

Director Wesley Enoch says having an entirely Indigenous cast, even for white characters, ensures First Nations people own the story that means so much to them. 

An Indigenous man in stands in the doorway of a large tent. Behind him, a stage is being set up.
Wesley Enoch says he hopes one day everyone will know the story the play dramatises.(ABC Wimmera: Alexander Darling)none

“I think we are in a phase of history now around ideas of sovereignty and treaty, and art and sport have always played a very important role in making sure stories are being told,” he says.

As one of the actors, Joseph Althouse, says, “In Aboriginal culture and Aboriginal Australia, we are still asking these questions of how our old people found the courage and the strength to survive. So to have this story, it really is a beautiful metaphor”.

No fairytale

In the play, young Indigenous activists sneak into the Wimmera Discovery Centre, and uncover the truth of what happened to Jardwadjali man Unaarrimin — also known as Johnny Mullagh — and his cricket team.

On Saturday night, hundreds of people watched the performance on Johnny Mullagh Oval in Harrow, one of the towns where it all began, in the 1860s.

Most of the plot of Black Cockatoo reflects exactly what happened. 

Wotjobaluk man Uncle Richard Kennedy, the play’s cultural consultant, says when the players returned from England, they weren’t treated like national heroes.

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Uncle Richard Kennedy is a descendent of one of the First XI.(ABC Wimmera: Alexander Darling)none

“They were just dumped in Sydney, they had to find their own way home,” he says. 

“They never got any pay at all even though they were promised 50 pounds each. They did make some money when they demonstrated their skills at shows after the cricket match, but the tour wasn’t profitable.

“They thought it would be a way of making money so they could support their families back in Australia, that’s probably one of the reasons why they did it.”

Many in the team had to live out their days in missions created while they were overseas, as part of the Victorian Aboriginal Protection Act.

“They were meant to go onto missions to Christianise them and also protect them and help them live their lives because everyone thought [Indigenous people] were going to die out,” Uncle Richard says.

The group’s star, Johnny Mullagh, continued playing cricket in Victoria on his return, and lived out his days at a waterhole near Harrow.

His grave, which venerates him as a world-renowned athlete, lies in the cemetery overlooking the town.

A white woman and indigenous man stand out the front of a building welcoming Black Cockatoo to Harrow
Sarah McCartney and Justin Mohamed of Cricket Australia are part of the effort to ensure Indigenous cricket stories receive due recognition.(ABC Wimmera: Alexander Darling)none

Recognising the story of the First XI

Black Cockatoo is the latest in a series of initiatives to better recognise the First XI’s story.

In the nearby centre of Horsham, a silo will be painted later this year to commemorate the story of a member of the team, Yanggendyinanyuk, also known as Dick-A-Dick.

Along with two other Indigenous trackers, Dick-A-Dick saved three children lost in Victoria’s desert in 1864.

Meanwhile, the best player in Melbourne’s Boxing Day Test now wins the Johnny Mullagh medal.

Last year, it was won by Indigenous bowler Scott Boland.

Before he created his own piece of sporting history, taking 6/7 off four overs on the third day, Boland visited Harrow in 2018 as part of the 150th anniversary of the First XI tour. 

The 32-year-old is only the second Indigenous man to play test cricket for Australia.

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Scott Boland could yet be dropped for the SCG Test, despite his demolition of England in the second innings of the Boxing Day Test.(AAP:  Joel Carrett)none

But Justin Mohamed, co-chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cricket Advisory Council, is confident he won’t be the last.

“We have a number of players now coming through to that elite level, which wasn’t the case a number of years ago and the question was why that hasn’t happened,'” he said.

“There is a plan in place for bringing back those very strong links Aboriginal communities have with cricket, and recognising the story of the First XI is one of them.”

Cricket Australia data suggests from 2017-18 to 2020-21, participation in the sport among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people nationwide grew by 23 per cent.

Aside from Boland, there were four other male and five female Indigenous cricketers in the most recent Big Bash seasons. One of them, Ash Gardner, played in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup win over England.

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Uncle Richard is a descendent of Dick-A-Dick’s, and he says it’s important that when the story is told, the less pleasant aspects aren’t omitted.

“The whole thing is, I think, a way of giving everybody in Australia the history of Australia, because it is part of our history, and part of cricket,” he says. 

“They were taken across as skilled people, they learned the game within four years of picking it up, and toured England.

“That’s an amazing feat and it just shows their skills and ability to be able to adapt to any sort of conditions, and it’s something we’ve carried on down the ages until now.”

The play’s run of shows down the east coast comes at a critical point in Victoria’s relationship with its past.

Eleven days ago, the Yoorrook Justice Commission, Australia’s first-ever Indigenous truth-telling exercise, began hearing evidence of the intergenerational trauma suffered by First Nations people during and after colonisation.

Mr Enoch is hopeful that in coming years, the town of Harrow and the Boxing Day Test (and Black Cockatoo) won’t be the only places giving due credit to the story of the First XI. 

“What I’m hearing a lot from audiences is a sense of, ‘How come I didn’t know about this?'” he says.

“I like to think that what we will see in the future is every time we hit a ball with a bat, we will go, ‘Oh hey, remember that story from 1868?'”

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Brooke, Jackson and Summer Warne in the MCG's newly minted Shane Warne Stand
Brooke, Jackson and Summer Warne ended the memorial by unveiling the MCG stand renamed in honour of their father.(Getty: Darrian Traynor)none

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Shane Warne’s children — Summer, Jackson and Brooke — have closed his memorial at the MCG with emotional tributes to their late dad, before unveiling the stand renamed his honour.

Live updates By Yara Murray-Atfield

There were laughs and tears from the crowd tonight

Here’s what it looked like from inside the stands.(ABC News: Danielle Bonica)

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Your reaction to a memorable night

Australian sport has never seen a night like it. Probably because we’ve never seen an athlete like Shane Warne.

There will never be another like him. Such a shining light, a loving caring hunan being. A huge loss for his children, and for our country. I feel like I’ve lost a family member way too soon.-MaryG

Such a beautiful family my heart reached out to Shane’s children they were amazing it was so sad to see their pain but also their love and admiration towards their famous Dad. It was a heartfelt send off from us all. Great job channel 9. Xxxx

-Jenni chapman

Beautiful speeches from the children – mum and dad would be proud.


You will be in our hearts forever. Vale Warnie.

-Jenni Hickey 

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The Warne kids in the Warne Stand

These three were incredible tonight. There’s a chance that Shane was an even better father than he was a leg spinner.

The Shane Warne Stand is unveiled

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Anthony Callea brings us a typically beautiful rendition of The Prayer – Shane was a big Andrea Bocelli fan, we are told – and then a spirited trumpet version of When The Saints Go Marching In.

And then, as a fitting finale, Summer, Jackson and Brooke officially unveil the new Shane Warne Stand at the MCG.

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Brooke Warne’s heartbreaking tribute for her Dad

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It I will miss your laugh, and you are saying, “What, Brookster?” when I say something so ludicrous that you couldn’t believe what you’d just heard, and your face would be in such disbelief from what I’ve just said.

I will miss seeing your face when you’ve just woken up and still look asleep. I will miss grabbing your big wrists and feeling your hands, and saying that I have big fat fingers just like you. I will miss our chats about how prominent our double chins are and how big our bellies are looking, especially after we’ve just eaten our body weight in cheese, pizza, and pasta.

I will miss our chats about life and my plans and goals, and I will miss hearing about all the exciting things you have planned and have coming up. I will miss seeing how excited you get over our achievements and your achievements. I have to come to the fact that my dad will never see me grow up or Jackson or Summer or visit us get married one day, have kids, and get the promotion I was going for.

I could go on forever about what we’re going to miss out on, but nothing would be more upsetting about how much I already miss you, Dad. I feel like you are on holiday because you always worked out of Australia. But I know that’s not the case. But what makes me the saddest is, I will never get to wrap my arms around you and give you the biggest hug and rest my chin on your chest.

Dad was our shining star in life, and now he’s shining down on us. We will do you so proud, Dad, and we are so proud of everything you have achieved. We’re going to do what you always told us — try our best and try our best to live in a world without you. I love you always, Dad.


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‘We were so lucky’: Brooke Warne on her dad 

My dad was always the person that wanted to make sure everyone was OK before him. He wanted to be sure that everyone was happy before him. He wanted the absolute best for everyone, especially us, his kids.

My dad taught me resilience and strength in so many ways, to always stand up for ourselves and what we believe in, to always try our hardest at everything we do. He would always tell us since we were little to be polite, manners are free, they cost nothing. And they will always leave such an impact. Little things over the years I will forever be so grateful for.

It doesn’t seem right that I won’t be able to hear him say, “Just do it, Brookester, tell them how you feel, darlin’. Do what makes you happy and give it your all. Try harder, Brookster.”

Dad and I got on each other’s nerves, but it was because we were so similar. We were so passionate about everything and cared so deeply. We most of all, always had to be right. We were both so stubborn and never wanted to back down. We had our differences, but the end of the day, we just wanted to love each other and we did. So much. I wanted the best for Dad and he wanted the best for me.

My dad just wanted to be the best dad he could be. He would always want to play games, take us to parks, watch movies, and chill around the house. At the end of the day, he just wanted to be our dad. He wanted to be a part of our lives in every possible way.

We were so lucky.


By Yara Murray-Atfield

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‘I am so proud that you were my Dad’: Jackson Warne

“I loved watching you do what you do: bowling, playing golf, making eggs and bacon and commentating. You did everything with so much passion. I looked up to you as my hero, and I admired how hard you worked. I was so proud of everything you do,” Jackson Warne says.

“I am so proud that you were my dad. You were so full of life and always made everyone around you smile. You would walk into a room and everyone would just stand up and just be happy to be in your presence.

“I feel like you have been robbed as you have been taken way too soon, but I won’t forget the feeling of just being around you, and how loved you always made me feel and how safe I was when I was with you.”


He says there won’t be a day he won’t be thinking of his Dad.

“I miss you so much, Dad. I love you up to the sky and back, and I’ll see you soon.”

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Jackson Warne speaks about his dad

Dear Dad. You were the best dad anyone could have asked for and you were my best friend. Time with you went way too fast.

It feels just like yesterday that we were looking at eachothers’ cards playing poker, eating pizza while watching the Saints. I’m never going to forget how much fun we had doing simple things, grocery shopping, watching a movie or going for walks during lockdown. We didn’t have to do much for us to be happy together.

Life was so easy and peaceful with you in it.

You never pressured me into playing cricket and all you ever wanted for me was to be happy. You watched me for hours and hours building Lego. You would play Super Smash Bros with me, even though it was impossible for you to win.

We would play Monopoly and you would do deals with me just to give me a chance to win. We were both so happy.

In one of the first games of cricket I ever played, you told me, “Just go out there and have fun because when you’re happy, good things will happen.” So that was the mindset I had for that game. I ended up taking a hat-trick and that’s a memory I will never forget. You were so proud of me.


By Yara Murray-Atfield

‘I miss you more than anything in the world’

Summer Warne says her dad gave “110 per cent” in everything he did.

“Which is one out of the million things I loved about you Dad. Your constant determination and never giving up and what you wanted to do next in your life,” she says.

“You took pride in every little thing us kids would do because you loved us with your whole heart. You truly did have a golden heart, Dad. Your endless advice is something I’m going to forever miss.”

She says she would always feel safe in his presence.

“I really am going to miss you Dad,” she says.

“It has been exactly 26 days since you went to heaven and I miss you more than anything in the whole world. I would do anything just to have one more you have your cuddles and to hear your voice tell me how proud of me you were and how much you loved me. I never thought one’s voice to bring such comfort until I can no longer hear it.

“I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that you won’t be able to walk down the aisle on my special day and be by my side. You’re  not going to meet your grandchildren that you’re going to have some day, but instead you’re going to be be someone I will tell my kids about and how much of an amazing father you were to me.”

She says she will cherish her 20 years of memories until she’s reunited with her dad, including coming home to him snoring on the couch.

“I want to say thank you Dad. Thank you for all the kind gestures you always did for me. They never went unnoticed. You drew memories in my mind I will never erase and you painted colours in my heart I will never replace.

“You will always live forever inside my heart Dad, and I will continue your legacy.


“Forever my Dad, no matter where you are. May you now rest in eternal paradise, I love you so unconditionally much. Love SJ.

By Yara Murray-Atfield

‘You saved me, Dad’

Summer Warne thanks everyone for coming to the service, saying she knows people are there because they’re cricket fans, wanted to show support or just because they loved Warnie.

“There is comfort in knowing how loved around the world he was and still is. How he inspired so many of you to play cricket and bowl leg spin,” she says.

“He touched so many people’s lives and always wanted to help and support people in any way he could. When dad would walk into a room, the whole room would light up. He could make you crack a smile even if you didn’t feel like smiling that day. He made you feel appreciated and so loved.

“His infectious smile and laugh is something I’m going to forever miss.

“He was an inspiration. The kindness he forever showed, the reassurance you needed if you were down on yourself. The humour he had without even trying to be funny and most of all, he was so thoughtful and one of the happiest people I ever knew. The happiness you dreamt about having one day, even if you were struggling or sad about something, Dad, you wouldn’t show it. You didn’t want anyone to worry.

“You put everyone first before yourself because you were such a selfless man. You would reassure me that everything was going to be OK. When I was struggling, and I didn’t know how to go on with life because I was dealing with my own demons, you showed me how I could fall in love with life again. You told me that I could either live with these demons or fight with them and come out at the end stronger because you believed in me and that was all I needed.

“You saved me, Dad. You truly did.”

By Yara Murray-Atfield

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Summer Warne begins a deeply emotional tribute with a memory of the last time she saw him

Warne’s children took to the stage to the sound of Brian Adam’s song Summer of ’69.

His daughter, Summer, says it was that song that was playing the last time she saw her beloved Dad, two days before his passing in Thailand.

“You were coming to pick up your bag you needed for Thailand. And, as I opened the door, you came inside and had your car door wide open blaring that song,” she says.

“You started dancing and singing with true happiness all around you, with the smile that lit up the whole room.

“We both started dancing … We both started dancing with not a care in the world, and couldn’t stop laughing at each other. Looking back on that memory now, and it is so incredibly special as you, as the year you were born was 1969 and a verse in that song is, ‘When I look back now, that summer seemed to last forever. And if I had a choice I’d always want to be there. Those were the best days of my life.’

“You will always be with us, Dad, just not in the way we had hoped.”

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More friends share memories

Michael Clarke:

Thank you. That’s all I can say. Thank you for everything, mate. The way you looked after me. The way you treated me when I first came into that Australian team. I was such a baby. You took me under your wing. You looked after me like a little brother. You taught me so much about the gim of cricket. You taught me more than that. The highs and lows of life and how sport is so similar to life. I was asked the other day how do you, how do you say goodbye? And I don’t think I ever can. But I can say I’ll see you later.

Stephen Fleming:

Warnie, you were one hell of a cricket player but an even better mate. From taking wickets on the field and giving me time off, we played 500 during rain breaks and test cricket and have ferocious golf games. Never a dull moment with you, mate. I loved every minute of. God speed.

Wasim Akram:

One of the most difficult videos I have had to make and I never thought I’d be saying goodbye to my dear friend, Shane Warne. A man who was so great, so full of life. One we all looked up to. To be around. We all wanted to call you a true friend. An exceptional cricketer, an all-time great obviously. Goodbye, friend. The legend lives well.

By Yara Murray-Atfield

Ed Sheeran dedicates a song to his friend

British singer Ed Sheeran, who shared a close friendship with Warne, has recorded a rendition of his hit Thinking Out Loud for tonight’s service.

Sheeran and Warne met in about 2014, reportedly after a Kylie Minogue concert.

The pair became incredibly tight and, on Sheeran’s latest tour of Australia, he was seen in selfies with Warne and son Jackson in Melbourne.

Sheeran is currently promoting a tour and so has done lots of interviews where he’s been asked about his friend – and, every time, he makes reference to how much Warne took the time of day to be there for other people.

Here’s what he said to ABC News Breakfast last week:

“I have loads of memories of him being great to me, but my best memories of him being great to other people. His heart was so big … me and him had a great relationship. And I have amazing times that I can think of where I’m like, ‘Oh, we did this, and we did this’. But I think the best times I can think of Shane was where he met my friends, who he’d never met before, or met my family he’d never met, we know people that he’d never met before. And then he made amazing memories for them.”

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A letter written by Jason to Shane in 1992

This is quite incredible. Jason Warne wrote this letter to his brother Shane after his breakthrough Test performance against West Indies in 1992:

Shane, so I hear you’re in love. Tell me about Simone.

Congratulations on taking against the Windies in Melbourne. Me and Finn were going wild telling everyone you were my brother can’t tell you how proud of you I was when I first saw the teletext. Well done, keep it up. Loads of hard work at the nets could set you up for the rest of your life.

Don’t let the chance slip by enjoying the limelight and resting on your laurels. That comes in 10 years’ time when you have rewritten all the record books. Now is the time to put everything, and I mean everything, into it and make it work for you.

So, come on, make some more sacrifices and give people the opportunity in 20 years’ time to say, ‘Remember Shane Warne? We’ll never get another leggie like him. He was the best spinner Australia has ever had’.

By Yara Murray-Atfield

‘I’ll always love, and always miss, my big brother’

“For Shane and I, everything was a competition,” Jason says.

He shares stories about Shane “tormenting” his younger brother when they were children, and their lifelong and friendly competition.

“He will leave a massive hole in [my life] that will never be filled,” he says.

“I will always love him and always miss my big brother. Rest in peace, mate.”

By Yara Murray-Atfield

Jason Warne shares a remarkable tale of rescue

Jason Warne says “we wouldn’t be here” if it wasn’t for a man named David Beck, who rescued a drowning 13-year-old Shane when the pair were swimming at Melbourne’s Half Moon Bay.

“You gave us an extra 39 years with Shane,” he says.

By Yara Murray-Atfield

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Jason Warne is sharing some memories of his older brother

Jason Warne is visibly emotional as he reads a tribute to his brother.

He starts by saying “the impact my brother had during his remarkable life, it’s always been really difficult to comprehend”.

“Shane has connected with us all in many ways. Whether it being entertained by his amazing exploits on the cricket ground, to the time he spent putting a smile on the face of many children, or the times he’s met you in person, made you feel special,” he says.

By Yara Murray-Atfield

Sachin Tendulkar’s appearance is a reminder of this great Warnie anecdote about spicy curry

Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is one of the all-time legends of the game and perhaps one of the only players to have more name recognition globally than Shane Warne.

While they played for countries that were in fierce opposition on the pitch, they became friends outside of the game.

A hilarious example of this was in 1998, when Tendulkar invited Warne around to his family home for dinner. It would be fair to say Warne was not known for having an adventurous palate for food – he often told stories about hunting for Hawaiian pizza in pretty much every country he visited.

Warne told the Amazon Prime documentary Shane that his first bite of the spicy Indian chicken “it nearly blew my head off”. He desperately wanted to avoid offending his hosts, so spent the night surreptitiously moving his food to Tendulkar’s manager’s plate.

“That’s when I realised that Shane cannot handle spicy food,” Tendulkar said.

On a serious note, Tendulkar’s involvement in today’s memorial service shows just how much respect there was in the cricketing world for Warne as both a person and a player.

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More memories from friends

Sachin Tendulkar:

Warnie, I remember was always extremely competitive and everything possible to disturb opposition, to dismiss them, he would do. When someone batted well he was the first one to walk up to you and congratulate. That is how our friendship and respect for each other was. Warnie, my friend, I will miss you. I will miss you big time. You will continue to live in my heart. May your soul rest in peace.

Glenn McGrath:

Well, the thing I probably loved about Shane is the effect he had on people — good, bad or indifferent — they all had an opinion on him. I remember talking to a group of people and they’d all have different opinions, a perception of him. Shane would walk across and have a chat and get to know them and, within 30 seconds, every single one of them loved him. There was a certain charisma he had, a certain aura about him that made people attracted to him and so positive. And it never ceased to amaze me the positive effect he had on so many people.

Sir Ian Botham:

Warnie, there was only ever going to be one Shane Warne. You were magnificent, on or off the field. A magnificent advert for the gim of cricket. You will never be replaced, mate. Rest in peace.

By Yara Murray-Atfield

Robbie Williams says Warne was ‘a very special man’

Singer Robbie Williams has a pre-recorded message.

“I only met Shane a few times. Before you meet him you think, ‘He’s my mate’. And then, when you meet him, you know he’s definitely your mate,” he says.

“He was kind, charismatic, funny, charming and a gentleman. And I was looking forward to spending more time with him because you seldom come across that kind of energy with people. Easy company too.

“He was also a magician, because when he was doing what he did so well, on the field of play, you thought, as the every man, that’s exactly what I would do if I was in his position. But, of course, you would never be in his position. We never will be, because we don’t possess that kind of talent that’s made for very few on the planet.

“He also had the abilities just by being himself to transcend tribalism. And rise above it. He played for Australia. He dismantled England too many times. Everybody on the planet who have seen him play and experienced — I don’t know, Warnie being Warnie — thinks, ‘He’s one of us’. Very few people on the planet can do that. And he’s one of them.

“A very special man. Very special talent. And that’s why I’m here today, to sing this song. God bless you, Warnie.”

Williams then sang a version of Angels, a haunting and fitting song for this service.

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HAMILTON: Cricket World Cup: England BEATEN by Australia WINNING By 12-Runs

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#AceSportsDesk says England beaten by Australia despite Sciver centuryWomen’s World Cup, Hamilton Australia 310-3 (50 overs): Haynes 130, Lanning 86, Sciver 2-68England 298-8 (50 overs): Sciver 109*, Beaumont 74, King 3-59Australia won by 12 runsScorecard BBC Sports By Stephan ShemiltChief cricket writer in Hamilton

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England fell just short of a record chase in a nerve-shredding defeat by Australia in their opening match of the Women’s World Cup in Hamilton.

Set 311, the defending champions were taken agonisingly close by a magnificent 109 not out from Nat Sciver.

Needing 16 from the final over, bowled by Jess Jonassen, England could only manage three to end on 298-8 and lose by 12 runs.

On a day when Australia paid tribute to legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne and wicketkeeping great Rod Marsh, the tournament favourites posted 310-3 – the highest total by any team against England.

Rachael Haynes compiled a superb 130 and captain Meg Lanning weighed in with 86.

England needed 78 from 49 balls with only four wickets in hand when Sciver was joined at the crease by Katherine Brunt.

Their hitting gave England an outside chance going into the final over, but Australia bravely gave the ball to left-arm spinner Jonassen, who took a stunning one-handed return catch to dismiss Brunt and effectively end the contest.

Though England suffer yet another defeat by the Australians, who went unbeaten in winning the Ashes earlier this year, Heather Knight’s side can take heart from how far they pushed the tournament favourites.

England’s stiffest test in the group stage is now behind them, and they should still make progress towards the semi-finals, starting against West Indies in Dunedin on Wednesday (22:00 GMT on Tuesday).

In Saturday’s other game, South Africa avoided an upset against World Cup debutants Bangladesh.

The Proteas were bowled out for 207 but dismissed Bangladesh for 175 to win by 32 runs.

England give themselves too much to do

In the three one-dayers in the Ashes, England did not manage a total in excess of 178, so this batting display was hugely encouraging.

In fact, England might wonder what could have been had they not invited pressure by allowing Australia to bat first, then delivering a flat display in the field.

Twice Sophie Ecclestone missed half-chances, the first when she was slow to move at long leg with Lanning on 26, and then as she stuck a hand out at a sharp caught and bowled when Haynes had 73.

Nevertheless, England were defiant with the bat, first through 74 from Tammy Beaumont and 40 from captain Knight.

When Sciver took up the fight, she found support from Sophia Dunkley and Brunt. Sciver reached three figures from only 79 balls but, ultimately, there was just too much to do.

Haynes stars before King’s Warne tribute

It was a poignant occasion for Australia following the deaths of Warne and Marsh, with both teams observing a moment of silence before play began.

Haynes and Lanning were superb, judging the conditions, running hard, then unleashing an acceleration. With Beth Mooney and Ellyse Perry playing cameos, Australia took 100 from the final 10 overs.

Even as Beaumont, Sciver and Knight were keeping England afloat, there was never the sense that Australia would lose control.

Fittingly, it was leg-spinner Alana King, like Warne born in Victoria, who made a telling contribution. 

Her dipping, fizzing delivery to Beaumont was Warne-esque, pitching outside leg stump to beat the outside edge and off stump. Alyssa Healy, the niece of Warne’s former Australia team-mate Ian, removed the bails and King pointed to the black armband she was wearing.

King followed up by having Amy Jones caught at mid-wicket, and bowling Dunkley behind her legs as she attempted a pre-meditated sweep.

Jonassen had conceded 16 from only two previous overs, so it was a bold decision to trust her with the final set.

However, the catch she produced to dismiss Brunt, sticking up her left hand to hang on to a bullet, was worthy of winning any match.

‘I’m not down about it’ – what they said

England captain Heather Knight told BBC Sport: “I’m really impressed, particularly with how the batting unit went about things. 

“It’s not the end of the world, losing the first game. There are a few things we could tighten up with in our bowling, but our bowling unit is so strong, I’m not worried about that. I’m not too down about it.”

England all-rounder Nat Sciver: “I’m a bit frustrated we couldn’t get over the line. From the Ashes, the batters wanted to make a shift in our mindset, which we have done. That’s certainly a positive.”

Player of the match Rachael Haynes: “There’s a bit of relief. We can take plenty of lessons out of today. We were a little bit off in the field, but it’s nice to get that first win.”

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#AceBreakingNews says Reuters News Report: Australian cricketer Shane Warne, one of the finest leg-spin bowlers of all time whose talent and personality transcended the sport, died aged 52 on Friday.

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Warne, who ended his spell-binding international career in 2007 with a remarkable 708 test wickets, died from a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand, his family confirmed in a statement.

“Shane was found unresponsive in his Villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived,” the statement read.

“The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course.”

Thai Police said they were not treating the death as suspicious.

Warne’s associates staying in the same villa tried unsuccessfully to revive him, police added.

His death comes hours after another former Australian cricket great, wicket-keeper Rod Marsh died on Friday at the age of 74.

Warne’s last post on Twitter, 12 hours before his death was reported, was a tribute to Marsh.

“Sad to hear the news that Rod Marsh has passed. He was a legend of our great game & an inspiration to so many young boys & girls. Rod cared deeply about cricket & gave so much-especially to Australia & England players. Sending lots & lots of love to Ros & the family.”

Credited for reviving the art of leg spin, Warne made his test debut in 1992 against India and by the time he ended his 15-year international career, the chubby spinner had established himself as one of the all-time greats of the game.

He also had 293 wickets from 194 one-dayers and won the man-of-the-match award when Australia beat Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup final.

Rated among the five greatest cricketers of the 20th century, Warne was one of the game’s prominent crowd-pullers whose craft as well as lifestyle often made headlines.

The wily spinner frequently courted controversy and served a 12-month ban after testing positive for banned diuretics in 2003.

Often called the best captain Australia never head, he inspired Rajasthan Royals to the inaugural Indian Premier League title in 2008.

His great Indian rival Sachin Tendulkar was “shocked, stunned & miserable” at the death of the Australian stalwart.

“Will miss you Warnie. There was never a dull moment with you around, on or off the field. Will always treasure our on field duels & off field banter. You always had a special place for India & Indians had a special place for you.,” Tendulkar tweeted.

West Indies batting great Viv Richards also paid his tribute on Twitter.

“Unbelievable. I am shocked to the core. This can’t be true…Rest In Peace, @ShaneWarne. There are no words to describe what I feel right now. A huge loss for cricket,” he wrote.

Australia opener David Warner, currently playing in Pakistan, summed up the mood in the country.

“Two legends of our game have left us too soon. I’m lost for words, and this is extremely sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Marsh and Warne family. I just can not believe it. #rip, you will both be missed,” he tweeted.

SOURCE: Reuters – Reporting by Simon Evans and Amlan Chakraborty Editing by Toby Davis

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