Ben Stokes pays tribute to Shane Warne: 'A legend of the game, one of the greats'

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‘A legend of the game, one of the greats’: Ben Stokes says the ‘devastating’ news of Shane Warne’s death has stunned the England dressing room… with all-rounder paying tribute to his former Rajasthan Royals colleague


Ben Stokes has talked of his devastation at the premature death of Shane Warne that has shocked the cricketing world.

Stokes worked closely with Warne in the Indian Premier League with Rajasthan Royals and was particularly hard hit when news of his death filtered through to the England dressing room early on the final day of their Caribbean warm-up game.

‘He was a legend of the game, one of the greats, and he gave so much to everyone,’ said Stokes, who stood with head bowed during the minute’s silence held for Warne at the Coolidge Ground on Friday. 

England's Ben Stokes described Shane Warne as 'a legend of the game, one of the greats'

England’s Ben Stokes described Shane Warne as ‘a legend of the game, one of the greats’

‘To hear this news is devastating for the world of cricket. People like myself and plenty of others around the world got to know him very well and it’s very sad. 

‘I’ll always remember the first association we had at Rajasthan. 

‘He’s done everything in the game but he still had that same love and desire for cricket that he had when he was playing. That’s quite rare in someone who had achieved so much.’

Shane Warne's premature death at the age of 52 has shocked the whole cricketing world

Shane Warne’s premature death at the age of 52 has shocked the whole cricketing world

England players and staff led the tributes to Warne as they observed a minute's silence

England players and staff led the tributes to Warne as they observed a minute’s silence

Stokes said the news hit the England dressing room hard. 

‘It was very quiet in there,’ he added. ‘Not everyone knew him personally but it was Shane Warne and we all grew up watching him play. 

‘He created some marvellous memories and everyone could relate to him.’

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