Shane Warne's children unveil MCG stand named after him

The ultimate tribute to Shane Warne: Spin King’s three children unveil MCG stand named after their father – the same area he sat as a child before embarking on his legendary career – at poignant state memorial service

  • The Shane Warne Stand has officially been unveiled at the MCG this evening 
  • Warne died of a suspected heart attack during a holiday in Thailand this month
  • The new stand was unveiled at the end of a poignant state memorial service 
  • Warne used to sit in the same area of the ground before starting his career 

A poignant state memorial service was completed with the unveiling of the Shane Warne Stand at the MCG as Australia remembered the cricket hero following his sudden death.

Warne, 52, passed away of a suspected heart attack while on holiday in Thailand on March 4, leaving behind his three children Brooke, Jackson and Summer.

A private funeral took place earlier this month and on Wednesday a state memorial service was held for the spin king who took a staggering 708 wickets during his Test career.

Warne’s family, close friends and former team-mates recounted stories of the cricket hero, while the likes of Elton John, Robbie Williams and Ed Sheeran performed songs that the Australian enjoyed fondly.

At the end of the service, the camera panned to Warne’s three children in the area of the ground previously known as the Great Southern Stand – where the spin king used to sit long before he embarked on his cricket career.

The trio unveiled the new sign above Bay 13 which read ‘Shane Warne Stand’ – enshrining the Australian legend in MCG history.

The Shane Warne Stand was officially unveiled at the MCG in tribute to the King of Spin

50,000 fans gathered on Wednesday night to remember the Australian legend after his death

The stand was unveiled by his three children, who delivered moving eulogies to their father

Earlier, his three children delivered heart-wrenching eulogies for their father, with youngest daughter Summer in tears.

‘You will always be with us dad, just not in the ways we have hoped,’ she said. ‘You saved me dad, you really did.’

‘I really am going to miss you Dad. It has been exactly 26 days since you went to heaven and I miss you more than anything in the whole world. I would do anything just to have one more you have your cuddles and to hear your voice tell me how proud of me you were and how much you loved me.

‘I never thought one’s voice to bring such comfort until I can no longer hear it.’

Jackson followed his little sister Summer, saying he is ‘so proud’ that Warne was his father.

Jackson and Brooke Warne followed their little sister Summer, delivering emotional speeches for their ‘best friend’ and sharing their grief he won’t be with them through the biggest moments of their lives

Elton John pre-recorded a special performance of ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ which he dedicated to Shane Warne’s children

Simone Callahan supported her children at the state memorial for their father on Wednesday night

‘You were the best Dad anyone could have asked for and you were my best friend. Time with you went way too fast,’ Warne’s son said.

Eldest daughter Brooke admitted they got on each others nerves because they were ‘so similar’, but knew he ‘just wanted the best for me’.

‘My dad just wanted to be the best dad he could be. At the end of the day, he just wanted to be our dad. He wanted to be a part of our lives in every single way, we were so lucky,’ she said.

Warne’s father Keith offered the first euology, thanking officials for organising the event and helping bring his body home, before he revealed the family’s heartbreak at his devastating loss.

‘Our family loss of a loved son, a loving brother to Jason and a devoted father to Brooke, Jackson and Summer. And the world lost a much-loved cricketing legend whose feats on and off the cricket field will go down in history for all time,’ he said through tears.

The Warne children sit in the newly-named Shane Warne Stand emblazoned on the inconic 45,000-seat Great Southern Stand

Warne used to spectate from that area of the ground before embarking on his cricket career

‘Looking forward to a future without Shane is inconceivable. We do take comfort in knowing that Shane packed more in his life of 52 years, five months and 19 days than most people would in two lifetimes.’

Warne’s former Fox Sports co-commentator Mark Howard hosted a Q&A with a series of cricket legends – Alan Border, Mark Taylor, Brian Lara, Nasser Hussain and Merv Hughes.

The group shared stories of Warne’s larrikin nature, cheeky pranks and honest heart, with Hughes saying: ‘as good as he was on the cricket field, he was five times better off it’.

Hussein revealed how Warne would torment his English sides with both his bowling and sledging, as they played a famous moment of the King of Spin taking the former England captain’s wicket during an ODI match in the early 2000s.

Warne’s former Fox Sports co-commentator Mark Howard then hosted a Q&A with a series of cricket legends – Alan Border, Mark Taylor, Brian Lara, Nasser Hussain and Merv Hughes

Howard then asked the participants what they would say to the 52-year-old if he were still there, cracking even the tough Border who spoke through tears of how Warne ‘revitalised’ his career.

Hussain thanked him for being a ‘friend’ and called him the ‘greatest bowler ever’, while Lara said he was always ‘honoured to be in your presence’.

Greg Norman and Kelly Slater then offered video tributes for Warne from their homes in America, with the golf legend saying he was ‘one of the best human beings I have ever met’.

‘You are a wonderful, wonderful human being. It delivered so much to your friends, your family and to your country,’ Norman said.

Slater revealed him and Warne had become friends playing golf together, saying they’d joke about hair transplants, had fun ‘gulping’ together and described the King of Spin as a ‘classic guy’.

‘Thank you for letting me say a few words and Warnie, we will miss you and love you. You are a good man,’ the 11-time world champion surfer said.

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