Legendary Australian legspinner Shane Warne has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 52. The former Australia spinner played 145 Tests and 194 ODIs between 1992 and 2007.

Shane Keith Warne passed away of a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand today, Friday 4 March. Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff,

he could not be revived. The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course," said a statement from Warne's management company MPC Entertainment.

Warne, who was chosen as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Century, finished his career with 293 wickets in ODIs and 708 wickets in Tests, the most by a legspinner in the format.

He went on to win the World Cup with Australia in 1999 and was the Player of the Match in the final against Pakistan with figures of 4 for 33.

While Warne enjoyed bowling against most teams, he particularly excelled against England and South Africa with 325 off his 708 Test wickets coming against the two nations.

His delivery to Mike Gatting in the Manchester Ashes Test in 1993 is considered as the ball of the century. His best in a Test innings came against England in 1994 in Brisbane when he bagged 8 for 71.

One of his finest performances in Test cricket also came against England when he ended the iconic 2005 series with 40 wickets and the Player of the series award.

Warne will also be remembered for his leadership skills and was instrumental in Rajasthan Royals winning the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League in 2008.

Warne could have had another World Cup feather on his hat but was sent home ahead of the 2003 World Cup campaign in South Africa because of a drug test.

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