Shane Warne and Shaun Udal
Shane Warne and Shaun Udal

Last Update on: March 24th, 2023 at 04:56 pm

Former England off-spinner Shaun Udal recently opened up on how he hasn’t come to terms with the passing of Shane Warne, and how he still sometimes expects a call from the Australian legend.

Warne unexpectedly passed away in March 2022 while on a holiday in Thailand. The cause of his death was announced to be a heart attack. Still very much in the public light due to his memorable commentary stints for Cricket Australia, tributes for the leg-spinner flew in from all over the world.

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Udal, who is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, recently opened up on how he lost his loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic. So when Warne, who he considered a dear friend, departed, he could not come to terms with it.

“Mum went a couple of years ago and we couldn’t say goodbye because of Covid and then I lost my brother unexpectedly. Then when Shane (Warne) went…I still can’t believe it. I’ve still got his number on my phone and I look at it sometimes and think ‘come on mate ring me.’ But it’s not going to happen.”

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Having been diagnosed four years ago, Shaun Udal finds himself in the hold of an incurable disease, which affects and degrades the body’s motor functions gradually.

Shaun Udal reveals he is unable to hold a ball properly due to his condition, wants to bowl in a proper match before its too late

Shaun Udal reveals that Parkinson’s disease has degraded his body to such a level that he finds it difficult to hold a ball properly on account of his hands shaking too much.

“My hands would shake so much I’d be bowling long hops and full tosses even more than I used to!” he said

Sharing his desire to play a game of cricket before his condition gets too bad, Udal revealed that he can still bat a little bit, and he did have some net practice a few years back.

“I could probably bat for a bit to be fair but my ambition since being diagnosed has been to bowl properly again in a game before this gets too bad. I’ve yet to achieve that. I did have a couple of nets a couple of winters back and let’s just say they didn’t go too well.”

Although his condition and circumstances might feel too dark, Shaun Udal still tries to keep active and reduce stress. He is still attached to cricket and wants to play even after his diagnosis.

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