A master leg-spin bowler who still holds the record of being the second-highest Test wicket-taker of all time with 708 wickets from 145 Tests, Shane Warne’s career is nothing but a glorious saga. The 49-year-old Australian cricketer remained instrumental in winning several matches and series for his country throughout his career. His exceptional talent as a cricketer won him several laurels but that is not the only reason why he hogged all the attention of the media.
Warne’s colorful personal life remained as intriguing as his game, and got him on the cover pages of top tabloids on a multiple occasion. The cricketer’s link ups with several women, especially British actress Elizabeth Hurley, resulted in the fallout of his marriage with his first wife, Simone Callahan with whom he has three children – Brook, Summer and Jackson.
In a recent interview with BBC Radio 5 Live with England captain Michael Vaughan, he accepted that he regrets “hurting his children”.
Warne admitted that the way in which he parted ways with Simone in 2010, to pursue his relationship with Elizabeth was very distressing for his children.
“I regret hurting my children,” while talking about his autobiography, No Spin.
“I’m embarrassed and hurt that I let them down as their father and as a husband to Simone [Callahan], I wasn’t very good.”
“The whole book is fact. I do [love sex]. It’s true. If I didn’t love sex that much, I probably wouldn’t have got myself in half the trouble I have.”
“I’ve enjoyed being a father, I love being a father and I think I’m a good father. The kids are my number one priority I’ve shown them that. They have said some wonderful things in the book and I didn’t sit with them when they did that.”
“They were asked, ‘tell me what you think about your dad?’ And they were brutally honest. They don’t pull any punches. I’ve had to live with that. Live with that guilt that I let my children down and it’s led in a way to a great relationship now because we talk about so much stuff.”
“Any time we have an issue we have a thing where we say, ‘assume the position’ and we all sit and say, ‘right, it’s my turn to speak’ and we all listen. They ask me any questions they like and I have to answer them truthfully.”
Even after retiring from all formats of game long time back, Warne’s charisma and star appeal is still intact and that is why he is a legend.