The first MCG Test since Warne’s tragic death in March, aged 52, was always going to be an emotional affair and Cricket Australia have revealed the tributes that will be rolled out for the legendary spin king.
Warne made the Boxing Day Test his own during his glittering career, highlighted by his MCG Ashes hat-trick in 1994 and taking his 700th wicket at the ground 12 years later, and he will once again take centre stage.
His Test cap number, 350, will be painted square of the wicket for the duration of the match.
At 3.50pm on Boxing Day, a graphic of Warne will be displayed on the MCG screens while highlights packages of the famous Victorian will roll out across the match.
Fans are being encouraged to wear a floppy hat and don Warne’s trademark zinc cream when attending the second Test of the series.
“Shane is an icon to cricket fans globally for the greatness of his cricketing achievements, his charisma and his infectious enthusiasm for the game,” CA chief executive Nick Hockley said. “His place as a legend of Australian and world sport is assured.
“Whilst we continue to mourn his passing, it is fitting that we honour Shane at his beloved Boxing Day Test at the MCG.
“I know I speak for the whole cricket community in saying that our thoughts continue to be with Shane’s family and friends and particularly his children Brooke, Jackson and Summer.”
Warne was last week honoured by his former Big Bash League team, the Melbourne Stars, during a match at the MCG.
A memorial service to farewell Warne held at the ground in March was attended by more than 50,000 people.