Shane keith Warne (13 September 1969 – 4 March 2022) one of the greatest bowlers in cricket history. (Legend)

Shane Warne, Australian cricket legend who helped his nation win the World Cup in 1999 and was part of five Ashes-winning teams during his career, died aged 52 on Friday.

“Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived,” Warne’s management confirmed in a statement to Australian media outlet Fox Sports.

He had an undistinguished Test debut when called into the Australian team in January 1992 for a Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

He was one of the best leg-spinners to have embraced the game. Warne scalped 708 wickets in his illustrious career which spanned 145 Test matches.

Warne played 194 One Day Internationals for Australia in which he scalped 293 wickets. The right-hander also scored 3,154 runs in his Test career. He amassed 1,018 runs in the 50-overs format.

The leg-spinner was known for his guile bowling and took a total of 1001 wickets. He became the first-ever bowler to scale the peak of 1,000 international wickets.

In February 2003, a day before the start of the World Cup, Warne was sent home after a drug test returned a positive result for a banned diuretic. and imposed a one-year ban from organised cricket.

In July 2013, he officially retired from all formats confirming that he would no longer captain the Melbourne Stars in the BBL.