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Eddie McGuire will act as master of ceremonies for Shane Warne’s memorial service at the MCG on Wednesday evening.

The broadcaster and close friend revealed emotions were running high during their dress rehearsal on Tuesday night.

“There were a few times where a bit of video came out and it suddenly hit me between the eyes,” McGuire said. Today’s show.

“You get into the mode of talking about these things and the family has given so much of themselves and all of a sudden it hits and you say, ‘He’s gone’.”

More than 50,000 people are expected to gather at the MCG – the stage where Warne won his 700th Test wicket and also the ground on which he scored a hat-trick against England – to bid farewell to the Australian cricketing legend.

The service will feature performances from global superstars such as Robbie Williams, Ed Sheeran and Elton John with many more expected.

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The MCG will bid farewell to Shane Warne on Wednesday evening, with Eddie McGuire as emcee. Photo: NCA NewsWire. Photo: David CairdSource: News Corp Australia

Warne’s son Jackson said the MCG was the perfect place to bid farewell to the Australian sporting icon.

“It’s very special for many of us, especially our family,” Jackson said. “We’ve been blessed to come here (to the MCG) our whole lives and watch him play and work hard on this very ground.

“Dad always loved a crowd, putting on a performance… I think, sad day as it is, with more people here, it won’t be as sad.”

The Mail Mail Senior cricket writer Robert Craddock meanwhile revealed that Warne was very happy to be back after his retirement following Australia’s 5-0 win over England in the Ashes’ 2006/07 campaign.

The statue of MCG and Shane Warne on the day of his state funeral which will be held inside the MCG. Image: NCA NewsWireSource: News Corp Australia

But there was a sticking point: Cricket Australia would not allow Warne to return without playing in the Sheffield Shield competition.

“Warnie phoned me every year after his retirement until Nathan Lyon came on the scene and told me he wanted to come back,” said Michael Brown, who was CA cricket’s general manager from 2002 to 2012.

“He was serious. We’ve had at least 10 conversations about it. He said: “I’m still the best spin bowler in Australia. I can do it Brownie, give me a game.’

“But I would say to play the Tests he had to play Sheffield Shield cricket and he was saying ‘I don’t want to play State cricket’.

“He didn’t think he didn’t need to play state cricket and he was so good he was probably right. But those were the rules. He was involved with a lot of our young spinners and did a wonderful job with them.

“He had remarkable confidence in his abilities. I even saw his mum and dad at football and they said ‘what chance of Shane coming back?’ and I told them he should play Sheffield Shield and they agreed that meant he wouldn’t.

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Shane Warne considered making a comeback for Australia. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Craddock also revealed former Warne captain Ricky Ponting was convinced to take out a line in his autobiography that the spin king was entertaining the return, as Australia struggled to find a spinner after his retirement.

– ‘As emotional as I have been for a long time’ –

Australian cricket legend Mark Taylor has described the ‘poignant moment’ at Shane Warne’s funeral that he knew he would never see the spin king again.

Warne’s shock death shook the nation, as he died aged 52 of a heart attack while on holiday with friends in Thailand.

One of Australia’s greatest sporting figures and most recognizable names, Australia and many others around the world were in mourning when his death was announced.

Warne’s teammates were also in shock.

Taylor was among a number of Australian cricketing legends to attend Warne’s private funeral service, joining Mark Waugh, Glenn McGrath, Merv Hughes, Allan Border and Brendon Julian.

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Talk to WWOSTaylor described the heartbreaking feelings of hearing Warne’s family say goodbye to their father, husband and son.

“It was as emotional as I have been in a long time, to see Warnie’s casket and realize that we are not going to see him again or hear from him again,” Taylor said.

Warne’s memorial service will be held at the MCG. Photo: NCA NewsWire/David CroslingSource: News Corp Australia

“It was a poignant moment, and in a way, I’m glad I was there to say goodbye to him, so for me tonight is more of a celebration of life.

“I already had the chance to say goodbye, so tonight is more festive.”

Warne will be remembered at a memorial service at the MCG, the site of his countless moments of cricketing magic.

McGuire will host the event.

Warne’s family have urged those who will be at the MCG to dress in their favorite cricket gear.


The service will begin at 7 p.m. with full live coverage on Fox Sports and Kayo.


Shane Warne’s memorial service will be held at the MCG in Melbourne.

A service will also be held at the SCG at the same time.


The service will air on Fox Sports and Kayo, but people who are not Foxtel subscribers will also be able to watch the service live and for free.

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