WATCH | Shane Warne's famous 'ball of the century' at 1993 Ashes

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Australian great Shane Warne (AFP)
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Australian great Shane Warne sadly passed away on Friday from a suspected heart attack at the age of 52.

Regarded as the best leg-spinner of all-time, Warne's illustrious 15-year career will see him go down as one of the best cricketers ever produced.

Warne will always be remembered for his "ball of the century" at the 1993 Ashes against England.

Making his Ashes debut at Old Trafford, Warne saw his first ball pitch outside leg-stump and then spin viciously across England batter Mike Gatting to clip the top of the off-bail.

As the late Richie Benaud, himself a former Australia leg-spinner, remarked during his television commentary: "Gatting has absolutely no idea what has happened to him - and he still doesn't know."

"We'd seen a few bits and pieces of him but nothing special," Gatting told the Daily Mail.

"We thought we'd have a look at him, see what he's about and what he could do, but it was a remarkable delivery. There are people who think I should have padded it away but I never tried to lunge at a spinner. I was more worried about being bowled around the back of my legs.

"I had most of it covered and had ensured it would not get round the back of my legs and if it did anything else, I was in the right position to react, but it spun quickly as well as a long way. It was a leg break and I knew he had put a lot of revs on it and we knew the wicket might turn, but not that much!"

Gatting added: "I'm happy to have been bowled by it because had it been some blond bloke who only played about 10 Test matches and got 27 wickets, then I would have been really upset.

"As it was, he became the best spinner of all time, so you don't mind so much."



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