Shane Warne mentions regretting letting down his kids in his new book

Shane Warne had a lot of issues in personal life about which he wrote in his book.

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Shane Warne, Australia's greatest spinner had an illustrious cricketing career. But along with the limelight, the controversy had a fair share in his life. Warne revealed about the unheard side of his life in the book 'No Spin'. 

Promoting his autobiography, the 49-year-old has spoken on various channels and TV shows. Recently, he appeared on BBC Radio 5 live.

In a chat with former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan, Warne talked about his personal life and how his divorce and relationship with British actor Elizabeth Hurley affected his kids. 

"I regret hurting my children. I'm embarrassed and hurt that I let them down as their father and as a husband, to Simone [Callahan] I wasn't very good. The whole book is fact. I do [love sex]. It's true. If I didn't love sex that much I probably wouldn't have got myself in half the trouble I have," Warne said.

"I've enjoyed being a father, I love being a father and I think I'm a good father. The kids are my number one priority I've shown them that. They've said some wonderful things in the book and I didn't sit with them when they did that.

"They were asked, 'tell me what you think about your dad?' And they were brutally honest. They don't pull any punches. I've had to live with that. Live with that guilt that I let my children down and it's led in a way to a great relationship now because we talk about so much stuff.

"Any time we have an issue we have a thing where we say, 'assume the position' and we all sit and say, 'right, it's my turn to speak' and we all listen. They ask me any questions they like and I have to answer them truthfully," Warne said.

"The real me is preferring to be on the couch with my kids, in tracksuit pants. The other stuff is a bit of fun but I much prefer the quiet life. But it's about balance. Too much couch time and chilling and you crave a bit of social stuff and too much social stuff and you crave being at home," he went on to add.

One of the highlights of Warne's career is his delivery to Mike Gatting in the 1993 Ashes series, known as the 'Ball of the Century'.

Back in 1993, during the first Test of Ashes, the leggie had stunned English batsman Mike Gatting, along with the whole world with his with his first ball in Ashes, at Old Trafford, Manchester.

But the Aussie calls it a fluke "It was the perfect leg break," he said. "To do it on the first ball in an Ashes series, I look back and say, 'yes' it was a fluke but I think it was meant to be. It changed my life. I was 23 and I didn't know how to cope with the attention off the field. I'd walk out of the hotel with the whole team and there'd be 20 photographers taking pictures of me.

"I remember going to Bristol and every kid had zinc cream on trying to bowl leg breaks. I was blown away. We'd go for a beer after play and there'd be 15 photographers taking my picture of me stuffing my face with chips.

"At that time I didn't understand why they were doing it. I'm proud of how I handled it. Yes I made a few mistakes but there's no school you go to which says if this happens this is what you do," Warne added.


By Sihyeu Singh - 11 Oct, 2018

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