In 2000, he was selected by a panel of cricket experts as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century, the only specialist bowler selected in the quintet and the only one still playing at the time. He is also a cricket commentator and a professional poker player. He officially retired from all formats in July 2013.
Warne played his first Test match in 1992, and took over 1000 international wickets (in Tests and One-Day Internationals), second to this milestone after Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan. Warne's 708 Test wickets was the record for the most wickets taken by any bowler in Test cricket, until it was also broken by Muralitharan on 3 December 2007.
A useful lower-order batsman, Warne also scored over 3000 Test runs, and he holds the record for most Test runs without a century. His career was plagued by scandals off the field; these included a ban from cricket for testing positive for a prohibited substance, charges of bringing the game into disrepute by accepting money from bookmakers, and sexual indiscretions.
Full name Shane Keith Warne
Born 13 September 1969 (age 44) Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia
Nickname Warnie, King of Spin, Sheik of Tweak
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Batting style Right-handed, Lower order
Bowling style Right-arm leg break
Role Leg spin bowler
National side Australia
Test debut (cap 350) 2 January 1992 v India
Last Test 2 January 2007 v England
ODI debut (cap 110) 24 March 1993 v New Zealand
Last ODI 10 January 2005 World XI v Asia XI
ODI shirt no. 23