'You can hear his voice': Ricky Ponting's heartbreaking tribute to Shane Warne

‘You can hear his voice’: Ricky Ponting’s heartbreaking tribute to Shane Warne

Ricky Ponting has paid a heart-wrenching tribute to his great friend and teammate the late Shane Warne ahead of his induction into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame legend.

Channel 7 reported that Ponting shared his memories of Warne in a three-minute message that brought the Australian cricket legend to tears as he paid tribute to his great friend.

“Shane Keith Warne.” To me, he is the best spinner to ever play cricket,” Ponting said.

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“In fact, for me, he is clearly the greatest cricketer of the modern era.

“In the 15 years he has represented Australia, I, like you, have witnessed something very special.

“A global superstar who changed our game forever. He single-handedly inspired a generation of boys and girls around the world who wanted to be like Shane Warne. Want to spin the bowls and control the batsmen as well as the games.

“I don’t know what it was, but Shane and I hit it off the first show. In 1992 at the Adelaide Cricket Academy.

“We became instant friends. He showed me the ropes, gave me my nickname that has stuck with me ever since.

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Ricky Ponting (left) and the late Shane Warne.Source: AAP

“I miss the cottages so much. One of my fondest memories of playing with Warnie was our 2006 Ashes Test win in Adelaide.

“The game they said we couldn’t win. But in England’s second innings, it was time for the world to see the sheer brilliance that was Shane Warne. It was time to sit back and watch the King on his stage.

“He bowled 32 most extraordinary overs, taking 4-49 in a performance that set up our eventual victory.

“When I think of a few words and statements that describe my feelings about my 30-year partnership with Warnie, I don’t think I’ve ever thought of so many words and emotions at once.”

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Warne and Ponting have been close since they first met.Source: Getty Images

“The best competitor.” Star power. Never defeated. Reliable. Reception and care. Contagious smile. Life of the party. Vulgar. Unbelievably generous.

“His achievements, passion and knowledge of the game was something to behold. He was a superstar, a game changer, a leader, an innovator and most of all a damn good guy.

“Warnie, there will never be anyone like you. A man, a myth and now a legend. I love you dude.”

Ponting reflected on his honor and revealed that he could have at least talked about Warne for another quarter of an hour.

“I got through it pretty well, I got through it. It was all on autocue, I saw the end at the bottom of the page,” Ponting said on Channel 7.

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Warne and Ponting during their playing days.Source: News Corp Australia

“I went through it and got to the bottom and that’s when I kind of lost it there. I could go on for another 10 or 15 minutes.”

Ponting revealed to another long-time friend and teammate, Matthew Hayden, that he still tries to hear Warne’s voice in the cricket footage that comes on TV during the summer.

“I don’t know if you’re the same at home since he died, but if there were replays of cricket games I had to turn it down,” Ponting told Channel 7’s Hayden.

“You hear his voice somewhere and then you go and find out where he is in the house and you have to turn it down.


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Warne and Ponting played together for most of their careers.Source: News Limited

“We all notice the loss the most when summer starts here in Australia. When he’s not here and when you don’t hear bold predictions and hear his genius in the commentary box.

“And the fact that we won’t see him on the golf course during the summer and get any money from him!

“He was very sadly missed.

Warne will be honored at the Sport Australia Hall of Fame event on Thursday night.

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