The crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground today remembered and paid tribute to Shane Warne during Melbourne Stars’ Big Bash League clash against the Hobart Hurricanes. The spectators started applauding after 23 deliveries, which was Warne’s jersey number.
Warne, who passed away earlier this year in March, was an integral figure to the club and helped attract some of the biggest stars to play for them. Australia’s highest Test wicket-taker came out of retirement and played 15 games for the Stars in the first and second seasons, picking up 11 wickets at an average of 31.
Here’s the video of the fans paying tribute to the leg spinner:
Paying tribute to the Spin King on the 23rd ball ❤️ pic.twitter.com/PnsTIRygJU
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) December 16, 2022
As a result, the franchise decided to pay a tribute to the late cricketer, announcing that every player would have Warne’s number 23 incorporated behind their jersey. While Warne’s playing top would be permanently present in the changing rooms as a tribute.
The 145-Test veteran’s family has been invited into the change rooms following the game and to be part of the matchday presentations.
Huge from @joeclarke10 💯
101* off 66 balls, what an innings! pic.twitter.com/N888cuJClR
— Melbourne Stars (@StarsBBL) December 16, 2022
Joe Clark smashes maiden hundred in BBL 2022-23
Today’s clash saw Joe Clarke from the Melbourne Stars score his maiden BBL hundred and first century in this edition of the tournament. He remained not out at 101 off 66 balls. His innings consisted of 9 fours and 4 sixes on a slow pitch. They ended up with a score of 183-5.
The Hurricanes fell short by 38 runs and none of their big names like Tim David, James Neesham, or Ben McDermott failed to fire. The Stars have gotten off to a great start this season by winning their first game today.
He was also named the player of the match for today’s game against the Hurricanes for his century which was the difference between the Stars posting an average or above average score.