☆ Spun Out Shane Warne the Unauthorised Biography of a

Shane Warne is a cricketing genius At first there were nerves and chubbiness Then came vicious spitting legbreaks followed by fame and flippers For a long while there were women then a bookmaker then diet pills then women and headlines always headlines Now he has come out the other end his bluff and bluster and mischief and innocence somehow intact The man who in 2000 was rated among the five greatest cricketers of the 20th century was in 2005 bowling better than everWhen Shane Warne likened his life to a soap opera he was selling himself short His story is part fairytale part pantomime part hospital drama part adults' only romp part glittering awards ceremony He has taken a Test hat trick won the Man of the Match prize in a World Cup final and been the subject of endless press speculation He was the first cricketer to reach 600 Test wickets He has swatted runs than any other Test player without making a hundred and is probably the wiliest captain Australia never had He has revived the art of legspin and electrified the gameFor all that Warne's greatest feat is perhaps his latest Returning from a one year ban for swallowing forbidden diuretics he swept aside 26 Sri Lankan batsmen in three Tests and the following year scalped an astonishing 40 wickets in a thrilling Ashes series where he alone seemed to stand between England and victoryShane Warne is the best bowler the world has ever seen He is a sportsman with an extraordinary God given talent a magician who mesmerises his opponents He is also a kid who won't grow up and a man whose personal life teeters between tragedy and farce Spun Out is his story guts and glory warts and all

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