Kevin Pietersen pays emotional tribute to Shane Warne: simply a special athlete, competitor and person

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen, who was a close friend of Shane Warne, shared a throwback picture with the Aussie legend on social media in an emotional tribute to the spinning magician.

Kevin Pietersen pays emotional tribute to Shane Warne with Ashes 2005 picture (@KP24 Photo)

Kevin Pietersen pays emotional tribute to Shane Warne with Ashes 2005 picture (@KP24 Photo)

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  • Kevin Pietersen paid an emotional tribute to Shane Warne
  • Kevin Pietersen shared a throwback pic from Ashes 2005
  • Warne was a special athlete, competitor and person: Pietersen

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen, who was close to Shane Warne, paid tribute to the spinning magician in a social media post, explaining that the Australian legend is a special athlete, competitor and person.

Pietersen took to social media to share a picture of Ashes with Shane Warne in 2005 and wrote an emotional note to the Aussie legend. “He played hard and I mean VERY hard but he always congratulated you when you did something really special! Simply a special athlete, competitor and person! I love you Shaunie,” Pietersen wrote in his Instagram post.

Australian legend Shane Warne’s body was transported to Thailand’s capital Bangkok before being flown back to his native country. The convoy of ambulances and police drove overnight from Surat Thani province in southern Thailand to an airport in Bangkok.

Thai police have concluded that Warne, 52, died of natural causes while on holiday on the resort island of Koh Samui. Regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in cricket history, Warne helped Australia win the 1999 World Cup.

He was also part of five Ashes winning teams during his 15-year international career. Warne’s family have asked for his body to be returned to Australia as soon as possible.

Thai authorities said they were working closely with the Australian Ambassador to Thailand to expedite the paperwork and formalities to accommodate the family’s request.

Warne’s family have also accepted the offer of a state funeral following the sudden death of the cricket icon.

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