Australians have woken in shock and sadness to the awful news of the death of Shane Warne at just aged 52. Shane was one of our greatest cricketers of all time, one of only a few that could approach the extraordinary achievements of the great Don Bradman. His achievements were the product of his talent, his discipline and passion for the game he loved. But Shane was more than this to Australians. Shane was one of our nation’s greatest characters. His humour, his passion, his irreverence, his approachability ensured he was loved by all. Australians loved him. We all did. We are all bewildered today by this sad and sudden loss. And for this to happen the day after losing the indomitable Rod Marsh, it doesn’t seem imaginable. There was none like Shane. He lived his life his way. He had his great achievements, but also his regrets. He carried them all the same way. With a cheeky smile and a zest for life. Our love and condolences go to Shane’s family and particularly his children Brooke, Jackson, and Summer.