Australian spinner Alana King pays perfect tribute to Shane Warne in England’s World Cup win

Alana King took a wicket with a ball the great Shane Warne himself would have been proud of, and paid tribute to his fellow spinner who sadly passed away on Friday, aged 52.

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Dean Wilson reacts to the death of 52-year-old Shane Warne

Australian spinner Alana King paid a perfect tribute to Shane Warne as her side beat England in the Cricket World Cup on Saturday.

Warne died Friday at the age of 52, shocking the sports world and beyond.

He was found unconscious in a villa in Thailand, where he was vacationing with friends.

Despite the best efforts of pals and doctors, Warne was pronounced dead after suffering a suspected heart attack.

Less than 24 hours after the terrible news, Australian women were in action.

In England’s pursuit, King overshot the outside edge of Tammy Beaumont’s advance, wicketkeeper Alyssa Healey gathering and whipping the bails.







Alana King paid a perfect tribute to Shane Warne
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King tapped the black armband on his jersey, in tribute to Warne, after performing a delivery the big man himself would have been proud of.

Rachael Haynes and Nat Sciver both scored hundreds in a thrilling clash, which Australia won by 12 points after going 310-3 on aggregate.

England threatened an unlikely win, largely due to Sciver’s unbeaten 109, but narrowly failed in the final.

After the match, King explained the impact Warne had on his career.

“I think there was a bit of an empty feeling this morning,” she said. “When I woke up there were quite a few messages about the great SK Warne.

“I was a bit in disbelief, to be honest. I took the time to read the news and go through all the tributes that have been paid to him. He has every right to have all those tributes.

“He was a big inspiration to me and probably the reason I started spinning legs. Going to the MCG on Boxing Day as a kid to see Warney pick up sticks just for fun.

“I didn’t know what I was getting into! Leg rotation is quite a difficult task. But I think he inspired not only me but also many players around the world to do what we do.

“It’s been quite a sad 24-48 hour period for Australian cricket with the passing of Rod Marsh as well.

“The girls kind of handled it in their own way and we just knew if we did our best we’d make those boys upstairs proud.”

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