Australia’s legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne passed away in the early hours of March 4 in Koh Samui, Thailand. He was 52.

Shane Warne: Cricket’s Maradona, bowling’s Bradman, ultimate magician and a flawed geniu

It is impossible to exaggerate the impact Shane Warne had on this Club during his time with us between 2000 and 2007.

Players, Members, management and staff are all united in their grief at the shocking news of his untimely passing.

Warney had established many enduring friendships here at Hampshire Cricket and I feel privileged to regard myself as one of these.

No doubt, like me, many will be struggling to process the tragic news and come to terms with his loss.

Warne’s international career spanned 15 years and saw him take 708 Test wickets — No. 2 in the list of Test wicket-takers. Since making his debut in 1992,

he played 145 Tests for Australia, picking up 708 wickets with his leg-spin. In his 194 ODI appearances, Warne snared 293 scalps.

Warne brought a special fast bowler’s aggression into spin bowling, and was long credited with reviving the art of leg-spin bowling in the 1990s after a decade dominated by pace.

Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne was found dead in his hotel room at Koh Samui in Thailand of a suspected heart attack. He was 52.