Adam Gilchrist pays tearful tribute to Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds

Adam Gilchrist pays emotional tribute to ‘national icons’ Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds ahead of BBL starts, choking back the tears as he remembers the two late cricket greats: ‘We miss our two mates’

  • Adam Gilchrist paid touching homage to the two late cricket greats 
  • Shane Warne died in March while on holiday in Thailand aged 52
  • Andrew Symonds passed away in a car crash in Townsville two months later
  • Both were icons of the Aussie team that ruled cricket in the 1990s and 2000s
  • And were regulars in the Fox Cricket’s commentary box for BBL games 
  • Click here for all your latest international sports news at Daily Mail Australia 

Adam Gilchrist paid a poignant tribute to the late Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds as the Big Bash League kicked off on Tuesday night.

The spin king  died in March at the age of 52 while on holiday in Thailand, while Symonds passed away two months later in a car crash in Townsville. 

Both were regular on Fox Cricket’s coverage of the BBL and would have been part of the commentary team this season.

Adam Gilchrist paid an emotional tribue to the late Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds

And a visibly emotional Gilchrist struggled to hold back the tears as he offered a touching homage to his late teammates ahead of the first game of the competition between the Melbourne Stars – Warne’s former team – and the Sydney Thunder.

‘We love the Big Bash, it’s our favourite time of the year,’ the Aussie cricket great said on Fox Cricket.

‘You know it was Warnie and Roy’s [Symonds’] as well, which makes this so hard.

‘Their record on the field was well documented – they were national icons, they were our icons, our favourites here in the commentary box 

The Aussie cricket legend struggled to choke back the tears as he remembered his teammates

‘The game goes on, it always does – but we miss our two mates.’

Gilchrist’s words served as the soundtrack to a montage featuring Warne and Symonds’ best moments for Australia in Test matches and ODI cricket. 

Warne played in the first two seasons of the BBL, which started just three months before Symonds retired in February 2012. 

But the duo provided some memorable contributions to the competition in their role as commentators, through a combination of razor-sharp analysis and their trademark humour.

Warne and Symonds passed away within two months of each other in March and May this year

Warne (left), Symonds (middle) and Gilchrist (right) were crucial figures of the all-conquering Aussie team that ruled cricket across multiple formats in the 1990s and 2000s

Some of those moments made into the tribute, with Symonds arguing the new bails affect the ‘gravitational pull’ on the stumps and Warne explaining why seagulls face a certain direction.  

‘It’s going to be a tough summer because we’re going to think of them everyday,’ Gilchrist admitted.

‘What beautiful characters they were.

Warne (left) was a regular in Fox Cricket’s commentary box along with Gilchrist (right)

Gilchrist (left) also shared the commentary box during BBL games with Symonds (right) 

‘It’s going to be fun remembering them and keeping that legacy going.’

Former Australia captain Mark Waugh struck a similar tone, admitting it would be ‘hard’ to be without Warne and Symonds.

‘[They were] great mates and great guys as well,’ Waugh, who is also part of Fox Cricket’s commentary team, said. 

‘We grew up with them and we played a lot with those two guys. It’s hard they’re not here. You think you’re going to live forever.’

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