Shane Warne has described being inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame as “a humbling experience”.
The former Australia leg-spinner, the first man to take 700 Test wickets, became the 71st member to be inducted into the Hall of Fame during tea on day two of the second Investec Ashes Test.
And the 43-year-old was left delighted at having his illustrious career recognised.
“It’s a huge honour to be inducted into the Hall of Fame by your peers,” he said in an exclusive interview with ecb.co.uk.
“It’s a humbling experience to join some of the unbelievable legends who were your heroes. For me it’s a very big day, a proud day. Just to be in there and thought of is amazing.
“I’ve been very lucky to play in a wonderful era of Australian cricket. I’ve been very lucky to have some success, too, but I wouldn’t have been able to do that without all of the team-mates I’ve played with.
“To get voted into this by your peers is pretty amazing. To speak of some of the names we speak of, to imagine you’re going to be mentioned in the same breath as some of those players is very humbling.”
It was perhaps fitting that the spinner was inducted at Lord’s, a ground that served up some special memories throughout his career.
Australia won three and drew one of the four Test matches he played at the ground, Warne taking 19 wickets along the way. He also dismissed four Pakistan batsmen during the 1999 World Cup final as Australia won by eight wickets.
But when pressed he was unable to pick out a favourite memory from his time at the home of cricket.
“I don’t like to single out one particular moment at Lord’s, it’s always a special place to play,” he said.
“I’ve been very lucky to not lose a Test match here, win a World Cup... so I’ve had plenty of wonderful memories of playing here.
“I think (Glenn) McGrath’s spell in 2005 was probably the best spell of bowling that I’d seen, along with Curtly Ambrose in Perth when he bowled 7-1.
“That was pretty amazing seeing him do that, but any time you come to Lord’s is special, no matter what sort of game it is for."