Melbourne: Cricketing greats gathered at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday to bid farewell to spin coach and former Australian bowler Terry Jenner, with Shane Warne declaring that he owed his success to his mentor.
Those who bid farewell to Jenner included former batting great Doug Walters, Test wicketkeepers Rod Marsh and Ian Healy, and former Australian captains Ian and Greg Chappell.
Jenner was born in Perth in 1944 and represented Western Australia before shifting to South Australia, where he won three Sheffield Shields.
He went on to play for Australia and took 34 wickets in nine matches over a four-year period, including a Test-best 5 for 90 against the West Indies in Trinidad in 1973.
He also played a single one-day international.
Jenner suffered a massive heart attack while coaching in England just over a year ago and never fully regained his health.
Warne told about 450 mourners at Adelaide Oval that Jenner was a character, and both cricket and life were better to have had him around.
He said Jenner had played a big part in both his personal and sporting lives, and saying goodbye recently was difficult, The Age reports.
“The last chat a few weeks ago was quite tough. We didn’t say a lot but we said enough. I just thanked him for everything he had helped me with. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve without TJ,” Warne said.
Warne also served as a pallbearer at the funeral along with South Australian leg spinner Cullen Bailey.
Jenner died last Wednesday.