A trimmer Shane Warne saw himself immortalised in 300kg of bronze with the unveiling of a rather hefty statue of him outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground in a ceremony also attended by his British model girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley.
Warne joked that the statue was a "lifelike" memento of his time in Test cricket. "It's 300 kilos that statue, it's pretty lifelike for when I played," said Warne, who drastically slimmed down after he began dating his now-fiancee Liz Hurley.
Shane Warne and fiancee Liz Hurley stand with Warne's children Summer (L), Jackson (2/L), Brooke (R) and Hurley's son Damien (2/R) at the unveiling of a statue of Warne outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), in Melbourne.
Hurley and Warne's children were on hand to witness him unveiling the statue with the help of Mark Taylor, captain for much of the spinner's Test career.
The 2.5-metre tall likeness by sculptor Louis Lauman depicts leg-spinner Warne in full flight and joins cricketers including Sir Donald Bradman, Keith Miller and Dennis Lillee in having his statue erected on the Parade of Champions outside the MCG.
"I'm glad we sat there for about four hours measuring between my nose and my ears, so thank you very much," Warne joked with sculptor Louis Laumen. After a close look at the statue which depicts him in action, Warne said, "It looks like a leg-break."
Rated one of the five best cricketers of the 20th century by cricket bible Wisden, Warne took a pioneering 708 Test wickets in a 145-Test career that made him the scourge of batsmen worldwide.
He bowed out of professional cricket with the Indian Premier League's Rajasthan Royals in May, only to announce his comeback last month with the Melbourne Stars in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash League.
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