CricketAdam Gilchrist broke down in tears while giving homage to his late comrades Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds
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While paying a moving homage to his late comrades Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds, Adam Gilchrist broke down in tears. Prior to Symonds’ passing in a vehicle accident in Queensland in May, Warne passed away in March after having a heart attack while on vacation in Thailand.

The legendary Australian cricketers have called several BBL games for Fox Sports over the years, and they have both worked well together. However, Warne and Symonds were noticeably absent on Tuesday night when the 12th BBL began.

Gilchrist, a former teammate of Warne and Symonds, broke down in tears in a video tribute for Fox Sports. Shane Warne was a Stars legend, loved and adored by fans all around the world while Andrew Symonds was a massive addition to Brisbane Heat. Two absolutely golden boys of Australian cricket and cricket world lost them both in this year.

We love the Big Bash, it’s our favourite time of the year,” he said. “It was Warnie and Roy’s as well, which makes this so hard.

“Their record on the field was well documented – they were national icons, they were our icons, our favourites here in the commentary box on Fox Cricket. The game goes on, it always does – but we miss our two mates.”

In the video came a devastating moment when Gilchrist couldn’t hold his tears before delivering his tribute. “It’s going to be a tough summer because we’re going to think of them everyday,” he said.

“What beautiful characters they were. It’s going to be fun remembering them and keeping that legacy going.”

During the BBL season opener in which the Sydney Thunder played the Melbourne Stars (Warne’s former team), fellow former teammate Mark Waugh said it was difficult for the whole commentary team preparing for the summer. Waugh said: “(They’re) great mates and great guys as well. We grew up with them and we played a lot with those two guys. It’s hard they’re not here. You think you’re going to live forever.”

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Before the game, everyone payed tribute to the great spinner and a known king for his never compromising playing attitude. A fierce competitor on field, Shane Warne was a kind hearted gentleman who always tried to contribute to the game.

A few days earlier, Ricky Ponting gave tribute to his great mate Shane Warne on Channel 7. It was an emotional moment as often remembering someone special does. Ponting said, “The ultimate competitor. Star power. Never beaten. Reliable. Accepting and caring. Infectious smile. The life of the party. Larrikin. Generous beyond peer.”