CricketAustralian Men’s Player of the Year Award To Be Named After Shane Warne
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As part of the sport’s ongoing tribute to the legendary leg-spinner, Australian Men’s Player of the Year award has been changed to Shane Warne Player of the year. It will be given every year to the best performer in Australian cricket team.

During the opening of the Boxing Day Test against South Africa on Monday at the MCG, wide-brimmed white hats and zinc cream were required.

The men’s Test award will now be given in Warne’s honour, Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association said during the first session.

The Allan Border Medal and the Belinda Clark Women’s Award will be presented during the CA Annual Awards ceremony on January 30.

From 1992 through 2007, Warne participated in 145 Test matches. His 708 wickets set the record before Muttiah Muralitharan, an off-spinner from Sri Lanka, surpassed him.

On Monday, the MCG ground had “Warnie 350,” his Australian Test cap number, inscribed all over it while friends and relatives watched.

For the pre-game ritual, the South Africans and Australians lined up in floppy white hats as the Australians took the field in their oversized green caps.

Following Warne’s passing, the Great Southern Stand at the MCG was given his name.

With his leg-spin bowling in the 1990s and 2000s, Warne revolutionised the game. His Test hat-trick occurred at the MCG during the 1994 Ashes contest. An historic sports moment was Warne’s “ball of the century” to Mike Gatting in the 1993 Ashes series.

He received recognition as one of the top five cricketers of the 20th century by Wisden. Significantly, Warne was the only player of the five who did not get a knighthood.

Shane Warne was a beloved larrikin who, despite being the Test team’s finest player for many years, never served as captain. He enjoyed his and always produced something for those who came to watch the game.

“As one of Australia’s all-time greats, it is fitting we acknowledge Shane’s extraordinary contribution to Test cricket by naming this award in his honour in perpetuity,” said CA chief executive Nick Hockley.

“Shane was a proud advocate of Test cricket and you only have to look around at all the fans who came out to the MCG in their floppy hats and zinc on Boxing Day to realise what a profound impact he had on the game.”

“The whole cricket community continues to mourn his loss and our thoughts, as always, are with Shane’s family and friends, particularly his children Brooke, Jackson and Summer.”