In a heartfelt revelation that sheds light on the personal side of one of cricket’s greatest icons, Shane Warne’s son, Jackson, has opened up about the void left by his late father and the cherished moments he misses the most.
Warne, widely regarded as one of the greatest leg-spin bowlers in the history of cricket, passed away unexpectedly on March 4, 2022, leaving the sports world in shock and fans mourning the loss of a true legend.
Now in a recent interview with Nine News, Jackson recounted some of his fondest memories, revealing a side of the late cricketing great that transcends his on-field brilliance.
“I miss just sitting in the passenger seat while he is driving the car,” he said.
“Everything we did, even if it was just the small things, it was fun, like driving to Maccas or the golf course. If he was playing, I would drive the golf buggy.
“He made the little things exciting.”
Despite his father’s physical absence, Jackson consistently expressed a deep sense of connection, insisting that he still feels his presence around him.
“I can’t explain it, but I can feel him everywhere I go,” he said.
“Sometimes I’ll look at the time and it’ll be 12.23pm, or 23 minutes away, I see the number 23 whenever I have an important decision to make.”
Jackson’s moving comments come as he and his siblings, Brooke and Summer, unveil a new initiative aimed at honouring their father’s memory while leaving a positive imprint on the health of Australians.
Together with close friends and family, they are establishing the Shane Warne Legacy, a charitable organisation dedicated to raising awareness and funds for various causes. The inaugural Shane Warne Legacy Heart Test campaign, set to roll out by the year’s end, plans to offer 23,000 four-minute health tests to Australians.
The charitable endeavour came about after the realisation that a single check might have saved their father’s life.
“Who knows, if he’d just gotten this test he might still be with us,” Jackson recently told Sunrise.
“One of the biggest drivers for this is because when I got the phone call and heard this had happened to dad, I was just in shock.
“Because I looked at him like Superman, I thought he was invincible just like other Australians did. So when this news happened to him, it sort of gave me a wake-up call that this could happen to me as well, it could happen to anyone.
“We want to make sure this never happens to Australians and that if we can stop it, it might give people an extra few days with their family members.”
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Regarded as one of cricket’s best bowlers, Warne started playing Test matches in 1992, going on to take over 1,000 wickets in Tests and ODIs. His incredible 708 Test wickets, achieved in just 145 matches, held the record until 2007.
Recognising his outstanding achievements, the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack named Warne one of its Five Cricketers of the Twentieth Century, alongside legends like Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Jack Hobbs, and Sir Vivian Richards. He was also honored in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2013.
Many fans credit Warne with changing the game, especially for his expertise in leg spin—a skill some thought was fading in 1994 due to its technical challenges. Warne brought new life to this skill, leaving a lasting impact that continues to inspire cricketers worldwide.