Minute’s silence for Shane Warne, black armbands as Pakistan-Australia Test resumes – Sport

Teams Australia and Pakistan paid tribute to legendary spinner Shane Werne as play resumed from their first test in Rawalpindi on Saturday.

“It’s a sad way to start the day,” said the TV commentator, as players wore black armbands and players wore black armbands to pay tribute to Warne, who died of a heart attack in Thailand on Friday.

A small crowd in the early morning stands also paid their respects.

The Australians are playing in Pakistan for the first time since 1998, and had previously refused to tour due to security concerns.

Pakistan resumed at 245-1 with Imam Ulhak at 132 and Azhar Ali at 64.

Warne is widely regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of all time. He’s an overweight character that only his fellow spinner Muttiah Muralitharan with 708 test wickets outperformed.

His death is a double blow for Australia after another cricketer, Rod Marsh, also died of a heart attack on Friday.

Australian skipper Pat Cummins admits that the team has been shaken.

“Yeah, it’s a really tough time for both Rod and Shane to leave,” he told the host ahead of the play today.

“I just encourage everyone to talk about it.”

Cummins said Warne is popular worldwide.

“His showmanship and everything he brought to Australian cricket will probably stay with me for a long time.

“Playing around the world, you’ll find that it’s not just Australians who feel … in every corner.”