Warne's mentor Terry Jenner passes away

Shane Warne with his mentor Terry Jenner during training at Lord’s Cricket Ground on July 19, 2005 in London Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Adelaide: May 25, 2011

Former Australian Test spinner Terry Jenner, who was a mentor to the legendary spinner Shane Warne, passed away in Adelaide at the age of 66.

Jenner represented Australia in nine Test matches claiming 34 wickets, but is better known as Warne s mentor. Jenner was also the only Australian Test player to be jailed, as he spent 18 months in prison for stealing money.

Last year, Jenner said working with Warne turned his life around. “Working with Shane changed everything. I was out there earning the respect of people and the good news is that I felt like I’d redeemed myself for the downs I had.”

Warne began training under Jenner at the Australian Cricket Academy in the early 90s, and used to take advice from him throughout his career.

“Very sad day,since hearing the news of my great friend TJ’s passing. My sympathy to all his family-the great man will be missed – RIP !!!” Warne tweeted.

“He gave up so much of his time for cricket and spin bowling – he was an amazing man – full of knowledge and wanted to share it. Thankyou TJ”

Warne condoled the loss and thanked the former Test bowler for sharing his vast knowledge with him.

He said Jenner was “an amazing man” and will be missed dearly by world cricket.

“Very sad day,since hearing the news of my great friend TJ’s passing. My sympathy to all his family-the great man will be missed – RIP !!!” Warne wrote on his twitter page.

“He gave up so much of his time for cricket and spin bowling – he was an amazing man – full of knowledge and wanted to share it. Thankyou TJ,” he said.

Jenner died this morning at the age of 66. His wife Ann, wrote in a blog that her husband had suffered a heart attack six weeks ago, and other reports said he had suffered from a lengthy illness.

Warne said as a tribute to Jenner, he will write an article, which will be published on his website tomorrow.

“Ps am writing a piece on TJ now and will post on my website tomorrow… So much to say about the great man.. We all owe TJ so much!”

PTI