Warne’s family expect sending off MCG to be an ‘incredible celebration’

Jackson said it was a great honor to have the State Memorial Service at the MCG, where his father did many Melburnians and other Australians proud.


The cricket great’s father, Keith Warne, said his son would have wanted to make sure anyone who might be involved in his expulsion was involved.

“It will be an incredible celebration,” he said.[We’re] very lucky to have a state funeral to allow us to do this.

“There are so many people who have come out and offered their help in video tributes. It’s just gonna be a massive night.

“I think a lot of people are going to have a lot of joy being able to say goodbye the way they wanted to.”

The state memorial will feature pre-recorded songs by Elton John and Ed Sheeran, speeches by the children of Warne and panel discussions between former teammates and opponents.

Anthony Callea and former INXS and Noiseworks singer Jon Stevens will perform at the MCG, while Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and fellow UK artist Robbie Williams have joined Sheeran and Elton John to record musical dedications.

Jason Warne said he was amazed at the outpouring of support following his brother’s death.

“Pretty much every channel you turn on you see his exploits, whether it’s his 700th wicket or his hat-trick or whatever on this pitch,” he said. “Between the tears, you had some pretty fun memories to watch. at.”


Sir Donald Bradman’s granddaughter Greta Bradman, who will sing the national anthem at the service, said she was honored to be part of the event. “I think about what Grandpa thought of Shane; I mean, he absolutely had a huge soft spot for Shane Warne,” she said.

“Shane and [Indian cricketer] Sachin Tendulkar visited grandpa on his 90th birthday and he was tickled pink,” she said.

“I think it wasn’t just what he could do with the ball; he was the man he was, and he was shameless himself and Grandpa really liked that.

“I think they were two peas in a pod, so it means a lot to me, and it means a lot to my family to be here.”

The event will be broadcast live on all major Australian free-to-air networks as well as Fox Cricket, starting at 7 p.m.

The event will conclude with the Great Southern Stand officially renamed after Warne. Two senior cricket sources have confirmed the chosen name will be the Shane Warne Stand. The Victorian government signaled the name change plans shortly after Warne’s death.

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