On Thursday, the first day of the Lord’s Test match between England and New Zealand was paused for 23 seconds after 23 overs in honour of the late Shane Warne. As a video package in Warne’s tribute played on the giant screen after the end of the 23rd over, the players and umpires lined up next to the pitch and applauded the ICC Hall of Famer. Fans joined in to pay their respects to the late cricketer.
Players, Umpires, Crowd Pay Respect To Late Shane Warne At Lord’s
At Lords Cricket Ground, England and New Zealand are playing the first of three Test matches in a three-match series. This is the start of England’s summer, as the team will face New Zealand, South Africa, and India at home over the next 2-to 3 months.
On Thursday, it also marked the beginning of a new era in English Test cricket, with Ben Stokes taking over as full-time Test captain from Joe Root, and Brendon McCullum taking over as full-time Test team head coach.
NZ got themselves into trouble on day one after electing to bat first and losing half their side in the first session. Matty Potts, who made his debut, took two wickets, while James Anderson also took a couple of wickets. Stuart Broad took a wicket as well.
Those on the field remembered Shane Warne for 23 seconds during the 23rd over because he wore jersey number 23.
Before the game, the Lord’s cricket ground honoured Warne by naming its commentary box after the legendary cricketer. The Lord’s commentary box has been renamed the ‘Shane Warne Commentary Box.’ Warne died in March of this year from a suspected heart attack while on vacation in Thailand. He was 52 years old.
After 23 overs, the England vs New Zealand cricket match paused for 23 seconds of applause in memory of the late, great Shane Warne 👏pic.twitter.com/GQaJ75Pixb
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 2, 2022
His death shocked the entire cricketing world. He was not only one of the world’s best leg spinners, but he was also a well-liked person off the field. His friends frequently commented that he lived a “king-size” life. He was the first Test bowler to take 700 wickets.