Jackson Warne thanks fans for ‘very special’ tribute to dad Shane during Boxing Day Test
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Jackson Warne has thanked fans who paid tribute to his late father at the Boxing Day test at the MCG yesterday.
The event saw 70,000 fans descend on the cricket grounds on Monday to see Australia host South Africa and pay tribute to the late great Shane Warne.
”Thank you to everyone who attended the Boxing Day test and that was wearing a floppy hat and zinc,” Jackson said in a TikTok video.
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“I was actually at the game yesterday, and it was really really cool to see everyone in white.”
It’s the first Boxing Day Test since Shane’s death at age 52 in March, and the punters turned out in droves to pay their respects.
Beyond wearing floppy hats and zinc in a nod to the leg-spin legend, the crowd also gave an ovation of applause at 3.50pm for over a minute in his honourthe significance of the time lying in Shane’s Australian playing number, which was No.350.
Jackson went on to explain other reminiscent and sentimental moments during the test.
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“It was cool talking to Gilly [Adam Gilchrist] as well, with my Fox Cricket interview, in front of the Shane Warne stand,” he said.
“The Shane Warne Boxing test was just very special.”
During his interview with Fox Cricket, Jackson opened up about his father’s legacy.
“I think being the reason someone does something positive in their lives, whether they started cricket because they wanted to bowl leg-spin [or] they watch the cricket [and] just seeing the amount of people he’s affected around the world bowling leg-spin. How [he has] impacted real people’s lives doing real things,” Jackson said.
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“To see that since the memorial, everybody sees the same Shane I saw, which was the father and the great dad … [he] was the greatest father ever and my best friend.”
Many speeches were given in respect of Shane’s passing, including by Aboriginal elder of the Kulin Nation, Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin.
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“Today we celebrate also the legendary Shane Warne. And to his family and friends which is each and every one of your here today, what a legend,” she said.
“This will always be his resting place here on Wurundjeri country.”
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