The world was shocked and saddened by the news that Shane Warne passed away in Thailand earlier this month.
Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell broke down in an emotional interview in the days that followed and has now revealed the last text messages his good friend sent him before his untimely death.
Maxwell stepped away from cricket in 2019 to focus on his mental health, admitting he wished he had suffered a broken arm at the World Cup that year so he could take a break from international cricket.
The versatile spoke on Channel 7 Warnie and referred to the last text messages between him and Shane Warne.
He said: “I actually went back, took a look at my last chain of texts with him, and it’s something that’s going to live with me forever.
“He randomly checked in, so he said, ‘Well done last night. How’s it going? How are you?
“And I didn’t think about it too much because I was just playing cool, ‘Yeah, yeah, I’m fine. Thanks, mate. Hope you’re fine.’
“But he kept attacking me, kind of, ‘Nah, nah, are you okay? What’s up?’
“He knew something was wrong and it took about the third or fourth time for me to be like, ‘Are you okay?’ that I kind of told him what was going on and he just wrote a little paragraph to say he was there for me, ‘Let me know if you need a chat or a phone call. ‘
“For him to reach out to me at that time and keep probing to make sure I was okay, I thought that was really powerful and something I really cherish in our post-cricket friendship. He was still there.”
In a previous candid interview with Triple-M Maxwell had praised the generosity and loving nature of the King Of Spin.
H said: “You would be hard pressed to find a more caring, loyal and generous person than him. He gave his time to almost every cricketer who passed by.”
“He was exactly the kind of person he was, he just gave his time so generously. He found a way, he inspired generations of players wanting to be Shane Warne. That’s the legacy that he will leave.”
We have details for Warnie’s memorial at the MCG.
The service will begin at 7 p.m. on March 30.
Free tickets will be available for reservation from today at 3 p.m., at https://t.co/qXOL7WTyrk
And don’t worry – if you can’t make it, the memorial will be broadcast live.
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More than 42,000 people have booked tickets to pay their respects to Warnie during his memorial service at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 30.
This will be the first opportunity for the public to say goodbye to the legend, whose legacy will live on.