The first thing Shane Warne did after the group checked into their luxurious villa was ask, “How can we watch the Australia vs Pakistan Test here in Thailand? The game’s about to start.”
Tom Hall, chief executive of The Sporting News website, was one of the “boys” and recalls how they reminisced about the old days before deciding to get a bite to eat.
Instead of tucking into Thai cuisine, Warne opted for the Aussie staple of Vegemite on toast.
“Shane chomping away, ‘Jeez, you can’t beat Vegemite with some butter, always great wherever you are in the world’,” Tom recalls him saying.
It would be the legendary cricketer’s last meal. Hours later, a suspected heart attack ended the life of one of the most colourful, charismatic and controversial figures cricket has ever known.
A post mortem revealed that Shane died of natural causes and that there was no sign of "Covid-19 infection and no sign of assault or murder".
His death at just 52 stunned the world. There’d been no indication of anything being wrong, at least not to his friends and fans – he seemed like the same old exuberant Warnie.