In many ways, Jackson Warne is a chip off the old block when it comes to his late, wonderful father Shane Warne.
Now the son of the Aussie leg spin legend has revealed the net sessions with his famous father prior to his tragic death where he got a real insight into the craft of spinning a cricket ball.
Prior to his sudden death at the age of 52 in March this year, Shane said Jackson never really liked cricket as a child.
Jackson and Shane Warne were more than just a son and his father, they were also best friends
“I never pushed Jackson into cricket… He played it for a year, took a hat-trick – took four wickets in five balls – bowled a little leg spin or with the seam, hit a few with the bat. Still, the game didn’t really grab him,” he said.
But now Jackson has relived the moment when the couple got back in the nets when he was an adult for a while as he got a better understanding of what his dad did on the Australian team.
“We went to the nets twice in 2020 and 2021 and I tried bowling leg spin,” Jackson told Channel 7.
Jackson Warne hugs family and friends at the state memorial service for former Australian cricketer Shane Warne at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
‘[Dad said] just so you know, what you are going to try and do is the hardest thing you can do in cricket.
“It’s more about your wrists, you use your shoulder, turn your ankle at the right time, and I tried.”
“After about two hours I told Dad it’s pretty hard work you’ve been doing for so long; congratulations,” Jackson said.
“You were the best at it. I can’t even bowl six good balls – one hit the top of the net, one hit the ground, none of them started spinning or slowing down.’
Shane was more than just a father to Jackson, the pair were incredibly close and considered each other best friends.
It made his passing even harder to accept, especially given his public profile.
Jackson said the Warne family was still humbled by the continued support they received from the Australian public nine months after his death.
“The deluge we’ve seen since March has been incredible, more than we expected,” Jackson said.
Warne celebrates his hat-trick after letting England batsman Devon Malcolm catch by David Boon on the fifth day of the second test match in Melbourne during The Ashes
Warne prepares to roll over the arm and take another wicket in his decorated Test career
“To see how much of a shock it was to the rest of the world, especially Australia, and to still see how many messages we have received of condolences, positive messages and also people who can empathize, who have lost a father, loved ones a, brother, sister, partner or whoever it is, they can also relate to the feeling of having to grieve and grieve.
It also makes me feel like I’m not alone. It has brought me, Summer and Brooke closer together. I couldn’t wish for a bigger pair of sisters, my mom, grandpa, cousin, uncle, everyone has been close by. I’m very lucky that we have a really good support network and we all stick together.
Jackson said the public support for his family after Shane’s death was staggering and he spoke of the humble man his father was in private.
While Warne was a larger-than-life figure with a great thirst for life in the public eye, Jackson revealed that he was much more measured in a private setting.
“Dad was so humble. He never had a trophy case for most of his house. He never had his trophies on the shelves. He never talked to people about it. He never showed anything. He was always very humble,” he said.
“I’m just glad that Australia and much of the world can see, especially since the state memorial, how much of a father he really was and how much of a father he really was.
You might see Shane Warne on the field, in the media, and in politics, but if you met the Shane Warne at home on poker nights, watching the Saints cheer, that was the Shane everyone knew.
“I’m glad everyone recognizes that he was much more than the Shane Warne cricketer, he was actually the Shane Warne, the best father anyone could wish for, and my best friend.”