Shane Warne: Pat Cummins pays tribute to ‘King’ in emotional video

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Australia Test skipper Pat Cummins has paid tribute to Shane Warne after it was revealed the 52-year-old cricket legend had passed away from a suspected heart attack.

Cummins, in Islamabad with the Australia Test team taking on Pakistan, sat down to issue a short video message in tribute.

The Australia Skipper said: “Warnie was an all time great, a once in a century type cricketer, and his records will live on forever.

“We all grew up watching Warnie, idolising him, we all had posters on his wall, had his earrings.

“What we loved so much about Warnie was his showmanship, his charisma, his tactics, the way he willed himself and the team around him to will teams around him to win games for Australia, and above all else his incredible skills as a leg-spinner.

“There’s so many guys in this team and squad who still hold him as a hero, they’re’ all-time favourite player.

“The game was never the same after Warnie emerged and the game will never be the same after his passing.

“Rest in peace, King.”

Tributes have been pouring in for the Australia icon.

Piers Morgan tweeted: “Absolutely devastated to hear that ⁦Shane Warne has died from a heart attack aged just 52. He was a genius cricketer, a supreme entertainer, a fantastic bloke and a great loyal friend for many years. Just gutting news. RIP Warnie, I loved every minute in your company.”

Shadab Khan said: “Heartbroken about Shane Warne’s news. Rest in peace legend. I used to keep watching him take wickets on TV. So when I started proper cricket, I decided to become a legspinner. Have no words to express my sorrow. Prayers for the departed and family.”