50 Ripper Pics Of Shane Warne On His 50th Birthday
Shane Warne is 50 not out. Yes, he really is. Warney was born on September 13, 1969.
So we thought we'd take a look back at the life and times of Shane Keith Warne -- cricketer, poker player, father and so much more.
Let's start at the beginning. Oh, that boyish face.
Apparently Warney was a hot waxhead once.
Then years later he was actual wax. Funny story about this pic, which is a still from a video of the launch of his Madame Tussauds exhibit. A reporter commented that Warney's wax likeness was very slim. Warney stormed out. See video above.
Warney soon started taking wickets. These were the scenes after he clean-bowled Mike Gatting with his very first ball of Test cricket on English soil in 1993.
Yes, it was the famous "ball of the century", which you can also watch in the video above.
Warne soon found himself very appealing to British women.
On the field, too, he was always appealing.
Umpire Billy Bowden reversed the roles once. Howzat feel, Warney?
With Warne around, Australia started winning everything. That meant they did a lot of celebrating. And Warne was very good at celebrating.
Very, very good.
World class, in fact.
The photos above and below were on balconies. Warney always did weird stuff on balconies. Could it be he loved the attention?
This all-time classic was also on a balcony.
Many of the best pics of Warney involve ciggies. Like this one.
And this one.
And this one, with his cricket rival and golf buddy Kevin Pietersen.
Warney was actually great mates with the South Africa-born England player. Here's Warney and Pietersen in the famous 2005 Ashes series, when both players starred, but England came out on top, just.
We interrupt this story to bring you a picture of Warney's backside on a beach. Wait, this story is just a bunch of pics of Warney, so we're not actually interrupting anything. Carry on.
Here's another random one, from an age when Foster's Lager was actually a thing.
Most people thought Eddie Perfect did a great impression of Warney in his hit show 'Shane Warne: The Musical'. And here's your proof.
Warney loved celebs. Always has. And he's always loved being snapped alongside them.
Ouch! Looks like someone just asked them what the secret was to a long and prosperous monogamous relationship.
Not everyone knows Warne nearly had an AFL career with St Kilda. Suffice to say he was no Nick Riewoldt.
Warney married Simone.
And became a dad. Naaaaw.
Little Jackson soon grew up into Hot Jackson the occasional daddy caddie.
Warney's Instagram is a bit of a treasure trove. Don't go there. You'll be distracted for ages with pics like this.
And this, which is actually an ad for eBay, but which looks like the sort of situation Warney would actually be in.
All that nocturnal activity probably explains why Warney slept through team photos.
As Warney's fame and cricket success soared, he was occasionally cut down to size by scandals of his own making. This was after he was sent home from the 2003 World Cup for testing positive to a diuretic.
He fronted the press to explain it was a slimming pill he got from his mum.
Warney was great mates with teammate Mark Waugh.
It was with Waugh that he found himself embroiled in another scandal, this one involving an Indian bookie.
But mostly there were good times.
Lots and lots of good times.
So many good times.
Although some did find him a bit cocky.
And there were ladies. Lots and lots of ladies. Like Liz.
Oh OK one more.
There were also books. Lots and lots of books. Everybody wanted to know Shane's innermost thoughts.
Poker became one of Warney's passions. Here he is with his Melbourne mate Joe Hachem, who in 2005 became the first Aussie to win the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas.
Inevitably, all sporting careers come to an end. Warne went out on a glorious high, beating England 5-0 in an Ashes clean sweep on home soil.
And that was that. His Test cricket career was over.
Even the grass was sorry to see him go.
But that's OK. Warney had loads of other stuff on his plate. Like his charitable foundation.
And he still had a bit of T20 cricket to play.
And above all, he had to spend time with his family. Ha! Happy birthday, Warney.
You sure have come a long way.