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Big names in Australian cricket remember Shane Warne fondly after his death aged 52

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Big names in Australian cricket and former teammates have paid tribute to Shane Warne after his sudden death in Thailand.

Warne died of a suspected heart attack, aged 52.

He played 145 Tests for Australia, taking 708 wickets at an average of 25.41, and was a member of the 1999 World Cup winning side in the ODI arena.

Warne ranks second on the list of all-time wicket takers, behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (800).

The Australian men’s Test team observed a minute’s silence before the start of the match on day two of the first Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi.

The Australian players observed a minute’s silence before the start of the matchday two game in Rawalpindi.(PA: Anjum Naveed)

The ODI women’s team paid tribute ahead of their World Cup opener against England in New Zealand.

Former Australia captain and TV commentator Bill Lawry said Warne stood by Don Bradman as the greatest player he had seen.