Australian cricket legend Shane Warne tests positive to Covid-19 and is forced to self-isolate after feeling sick while coaching in London
- Shane Warne has tested positive to coronavirus while coaching in London
- The Australia spin bowling legend got tested after reporting he felt unwell
- One other staff member has tested positive – but no players have been affected
- Spoke to Kyle and Jackie O last week about life in the UK after lockdown lifted
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Cricket legend Shane Warne has tested positive to Covid-19 while coaching an English team in London.
The retired Australian spin bowler, 51, felt unwell and had a positive lateral flow test, with the result of a PCR test due imminently.
He is self-isolating along with his coaching colleague at the London Spirit 100-ball team, of which he is head coach, who also tested positive.
Shane Warne (pictured) has tested positive to coronavirus after he reported feeling unwell while in the UK
‘Shane will isolate from the squad and support staff whilst he awaits PCR results,’ the team said.
‘A second member of the team management is self-isolating after also returning a positive test.’
No players have been tested positive or been identified as close contacts.
Warne recently returned to Britain as head coach of London Spirit in the inaugural English limited-overs competition The Hundred.
Warne was absent from his side’s loss against Southern Brave played at Lord’s on Sunday while he awaited his test result and will also miss their next match to be played on Wednesday.
London Spirit is yet to register a win in its first three games of inaugural competition, which began 10 days ago.
Warne is yet to comment publicly about his condition.
He is the second head coach in the competition to test positive after Trent Rockets coach, former Zimbabwean cricketer Andy Flower returned a positive result last weekend.
London Spirit head coach Shane Warne (pictured July 23) is currently self-isolating
Just last week, Warne gave Sydney radio hosts Kyle and Jackie O an eyeopening insight about life in London, where lockdown restrictions were recently lifted, despite high daily case numbers.
The UK recorded 24,470 new cases on Sunday.
‘It’s been really interesting over here. They’ve opened up the whole country, everything’s opened and they’re having 50,000 cases a day,’ Warne said.
He went on to explain that majority of UK residents have been double-vaxxed.
‘What they’re doing and saying is ‘you know what, we don’t want any more lockdown, we want to learn to live it,’ he said.
‘So if everyone goes to get double-vaxxed, then when we’re just going to get on with and not put you back into lockdown, so it’s been interesting to watch actually.’
The father-of-three recently returned to the UK to coach in a new limited-overs competition. He’s pictured with his kids Jackson, Summer and Brooke
‘They’re just getting on with everything’s opened up. They said we cannot have any more mental health issues and stress levels, people losing their businesses, we can’t have it anymore and we’re just going to get on with it.’
‘It’s an interesting take the English government have got and what they’re doing compared to what we’re doing in Australia.’
In a recent interview with Men’s Health Australia for their September issue, Warne admitted that he doesn’t mind being called vain and takes pride in his appearance.
‘I take pride in my appearance. I always try to dress nicely. Yes, I go to the dentist regularly and get my teeth whitened,’ he said.
‘I decided to do something about it because I think it makes you look older.’
The spin king snared 708 scalps during his Test career and is second behind Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan for most Test wickets.
The spin king (pictured) recently opened up about life in the UK after lockdowns were lifted