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The world was left shocked and saddened by the news of Shane Warne's passing in Thailand earlier this month.
Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell broke down in an emotional interview in the days following and has now revealed the final text messages his good friend sent him before his untimely death.
Maxwell stepped away from cricket in 2019 to focus on his mental health, confessing that he once wished he had suffered a broken arm at the World Cup that year so he could take a break from international cricket.
The all-rounder spoke on Channel 7's Warnie and touched on the last text messages between himself and Shane Warne.
He said: "I actually went back, had a look at my last text chain with him, and it's something that's going to live with me forever.
"He just randomly checked in, so it said, 'Well played last night. How you doing? Are you OK?'
"And I didn't think too much of it because I was sort of just playing it cool, 'Yeah, yeah, I'm fine. Thanks, mate. Hope you're going alright.'
"But he kept on going at me, Sort of chipping away, 'Nah, nah, are you OK? What's up?'
"He knew that something was up and it took like the third or fourth time to ask me, 'Are you OK?' that I actually sort of told him what was going on and he's just wrote a little paragraph to say that he was there for me, 'Let me know if you ever need to chat or a phone call.'
"For him to sort of reach out to me at that time, and keep probing away to make sure that I was OK, I thought was really powerful and something that I really cherish about our friendship post-cricket. He was always there."
In a previous, heart-felt, interview with Triple M Maxwell had praised the generosity and loving nature of the King Of Spin.
H said: "You'd be hard-pressed to find a more caring, loyal, generous person than him. He gave his time to pretty much every cricketer that came through."
"That was just the sort of person he was, he just gave his time so generously. He found a way to, he inspired multiple generations of players wanting to be Shane Warne. That's the legacy he's going to leave."
We've got some details locked in for Warnie's memorial at the MCG.
The service will begin at 7pm, 30 March.
Free tickets will be available for booking from today at 3pm, at https://t.co/qXOL7WTyrk
And don't worry - if you can't make it, the memorial will be livestreamed.
- Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) March 21, 2022
More than 42,000 people have booked tickets to pay their respects to Warnie at his memorial service at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 30.
It will signal the public's first chance to say goodbye to the legend, whose legacy will live on.
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