MELBOURNE: Australia Male Testing Player of the Year Award has been renamed in honor of legendary spinner Shane Warne, the country’s cricket board announced on Monday.
The Shane Warne Male Testing Player of the Year Award will be presented annually to the australian cricket Awards.
Cricket Australia (CA) Chief Executive Nick Hockley and Australian Cricketers’ Association CEO Todd Greenber announced the renaming of the award during the Boxing Day Test against South Africa in honor of Warne . He died of a suspected heart attack in Thailand earlier this year.

“As one of the greatest Australian players of all time, Shane’s extraordinary contribution to Test cricket should be recognized by naming this award in his honor in perpetuity,” Hockley said as quoted by Cricket. com.au.
“Shane was a proud supporter of Test cricket and one only has to look at all the fans who came to the MCG in their floppy hats and zinc on Boxing Day to realize the profound impact he had on the Game.”

Warne himself won the award once in 2006 for his record 40 wickets in 2005.
These Australian Cricket Awards will be announced on January 30.

“I am proud that the ACA, together with Cricket Australia, is able to recognize the incredible impact Shane has had on Test cricket with an award named in his honour,” said Greenberg.
“While he was a once-in-a-generation player, he was truly a man who understood the important contribution that all players made to Australian cricket.
“He was a big part of the ACA’s formative years and never turned down an opportunity to promote and grow the game…and once they came, no one knew how to put on a show like Warnie – especially here at the MCG,” he added.



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