Warne’s 300kg bronze statue unveiled at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Last Updated: Dec 22, 2011, 13:11 PM IST

Sydney: Spin legend Shane Warne has been immortalised in bronze with a 300 kg statue of the cricketing great unveiled at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The bronzed sculpture is the first to be commissioned by the Melbourne Cricket Club as part of the Australia Post Avenue of Legends series, which will see a minimum of five statues placed in Yarra Park during the next five years.

Today’s ceremonial unveiling of Warne’s statue at the MCG has raised eyebrows, and not because the likeness reflects the bulkier Warne of five years ago.

“That’s 300kg, so it’s pretty lifelike from when I played,” Warne joked after the unveiling.

“Congratulations to Louis for making a very good likeness that I am proud of,” The Sydney Morning Herald quoted him, as saying.

Taking a closer look at the statue’s grip in the ball, Warne said: “It looks like a leg-break.”

Warne’s children, Brooke, Summer and Jackson, were at the unveiling, as was Hurley’s son Damian.

ANI