Macclesfield Nub News columnist Monty Panesar remembers Shane Warne

By Alex Greensmith

8th Mar 2022 | Opinion

Shane Warne was rightly regarded as the Einstein of cricket.

When he famously said "Monty you have played one test match 33 times", many people, not least the media, thought he was spot on.

Street smart intelligence comes from living life, not by reading books in the library. And, I should say that, personally, he was very generous with his cricket advice.

As an international spinner, I think you have something in common with every Test spinner, a bizarre connection.

My journey began in Sydney in 2011 playing for Randwick and Petersen Cricket Club in grade cricket.

The president, Mike Whitney, was pleased I was joining the club. It allowed me to interact with one of my good mates, Greg Matthews.

Matthews became a close friend. By the end of the trip, he gave me the confidence 'to have breakfast with the Queen and hang out with a local punter in the evening'.

Our conversations would always resort back to Warne. He loved talking about him, the cricketer and the man, who would see through your eyes and know who you were as a bloke.

Matthews adored Warne and that made me want to know him.

Matthews introduced me to the poem, 'Man in the Mirror', which includes the lines "It isn't your mother, your father or wife

whose judgment upon you must pass, but the man, whose verdict counts most in your life is the one staring back from the glass."

I am a believer in the philosophy of 'owning the man in the mirror'. Shane was the living, breathing embodiment of this on the cricket field.

As he famously said: "I liked loud music, I smoked, drank and bowled a bit of leg-spin. That's me."

In reality Shane Warne was a rockstar of cricket - a once in a lifetime talent.

He could win a game of cricket from any position. At the same time, when it was not your day he would be the first to come and shake your hand.

There is something about spinners in our game. They create the theatre, win games of cricket, and the team hail you as 'the match winner'.

Warne with his 37 five-wicket hauls, over 1,000 international wickets was the first man to 700 Test wickets - and I was his 699th.

There are things that we as sportsmen might only dream of achieving, yet he made them a reality. He had a real magic about him.

He could party all night, give his friends the time of their life and the next morning go on the field and win a game of cricket.

A supremely professional cricketer might be a low maintenance, yes man. Warne was the complete opposite.

If he didn't like any coaching methods or ideas, he would be the first to query authority. For instance, he wasn't pleased with a boot camp before the 2005 Ashes series.

He had cricketing intelligence in abundance. This comes from experiences in life, living life to its fullest and he was always true to the belief that you either 'go-hard or go home'. He unquestionably went hard with everything life threw at him.

We may not see another cricketer like him, but I thank him for being true to himself. We all salute you Warnie and love you for being the man you were.

Macclesfield Cricket Club did not respond to request for comment.

This is an opinion piece in tribute to Australian cricketer Shane Warne, who died on Friday aged 52.

You too can write your own comment and opinion by clicking the small black 'Nub it' button on our homepage.

Macclesfield: Have you signed up for our FREE Friday weekly newsletter? It contains each week's top 10 Macclesfield news stories, and one EXCLUSIVE article?

1200 of you have signed up already. Simply enter your email address in the shaded box below or on this link.

Free from pop-up ads, or unwanted surveys, Macclesfield Nub News is a quality online newspaper which produces 20-30 stories a week for our town.

You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Share:

Subscribe to our FREE WEEKLY Newsletter!

Keep your town in your pocket.

Related Articles

Green-veined White butterfly on a Cuckooflower photographed by Andrew Emmerson on the proposed development side of Danes Moss.
Opinion

'SAVE DANES MOSS' members look back at campaign - one year on

From complimentary crisps and period pads to a massive breakfast, there's plenty to love at Sleep Eat Repeat. (Image - Alexander Greensmith / Macclesfield Nub News)
Opinion

Sleep Eat Repeat review: Romantic Macclesfield getaway at an affordable price

Nub News Logo

Sign-up to the Macclesfield Nub News weekly newsletter

Subscribe now for weekly updates of local news and sport from your town. Plus what's on near where you live - and local homes for sale. All delivered straight to your in-box, every Friday.

We won't pass your details on to anyone else. By clicking the sign-up button you agree to our Privacy Policy.