Shane Warne to play this week
Cricket icon Shane Warne is going back to where it all began.
East Sandringham Cricket Club tonight confirmed that legendary leg-spinner would turn out for it in a South East Cricket Association match against Bentleigh ANA this Saturday at Chisholm Reserve.
He will join his former Victorian teammate Brad Hodge in the East Sandy team. Hodge made his debut for the club on Sunday, hitting an unbeaten half-century and the winning runs against Washington Park.
Kim said, ‘Of course we have’, so Shane said he’d see us at training on Tuesday night,’’ Ross said.
He said Warne was keen to play a match before heading to the US in November for a Twenty20 series involving fellow Test greats Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting.
Shane Warne playing for East Sandringham as a kid.President Jamie Ross said Warne phoned his great friend and East Sandringham stalwart Kim Pitt today asking: “Have you got a spot for an old leggie who also slogs a bit?’’
“Can’t wait, it’s going to be awesome, looking forward to playing with ‘Hodgey’,’’ Warne said in a text to Ross this afternoon.
“Now we’ve got a hell of a lot of things to prepare and plan for ahead of Saturday,’’ Ross said.
Warne rolling his arm over for East Sandringham in 2008.“God only knows what sort of a crowd we’ll get. “It’s going to be a pretty exciting day for everyone involved. Our guys are in for a good day. Same as the ANA boys.’
The Round 2 match against Bentleigh ANA will be played on October 17 and 24.
Warne played junior cricket and a handful of Second XI matches for East Sandringham before joining District club St Kilda. One of the most celebrated Test cricket careers followed: 145 matches and 708 wickets harvested at an average of 25.41.
In 2008 he played a Twenty20 game for East Sandy — and was slapped for a six by Moorabbin Park youngster Adam Campbell.