Shane Warne © Getty Images (File Photo)
Shane Warne © Getty Images (File Photo)

Australian spin legend Shane Warne‘s autobiography penned with former Hampshire cricketer and TV presenter Mark Nicholas is going to hit the stands on October 4. The charismatic Aussie cricketer will talk about his eventful cricket career and his life off the pitch in the book. Ebury Press, which is the publishing house behind this effort, today made this announcement about the release date.

Cricket fans and connoisseurs would expect the volume to be an authentic and compelling account of the spin legend’s extraordinary feats in a long international career spanning 16 years. In Warne’s own voice, the book is expectedly a roller-coaster ride much like his career and is also expected to debunk some of the enduring myths surrounding his persona.

Warne has inflicted a lot of pain on the cricket fans in England but has also received much love and affection from the British audiences over the year. Warne’s mesmerising bowling skills coupled with his happening personal life have made him one of the most widely covered cricketers by the Tabloid press.

Andrew Goodfellow, deputy publisher at Ebury, said, “Despite all the pain he’s inflicted on us over the years Shane Warne is still one of the most admired and celebrated cricketers to a British audience. You simply can’t imagine the game without his unique contributions. I think his insight, no-nonsense honesty and strength of voice will make this the most read cricketing autobiography in years. At Ebury we are all very excited and honoured to be publishing such a legend.”

Born on September 13, 1969, Warne is widely regarded as one of the finest bowlers in the history of the game. He played his first Test match in 1992, and took over 1,000 international wickets (in Tests and One-Day Internationals).

A useful lower-order batsman, Warne also scored over 3000 Test runs. He played domestic cricket for his home state of Victoria, and English domestic cricket for Hampshire. He also captained the Rajasthan Royals to victory in the IPL in 2008. He officially retired from all formats in 2013 and currently commentates for Foxtel.

(With Inputs from PTI)