Shane Warne’s funeral takes place in Melbourne

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) –Shane Warne’s family and friends have bid the cricketing legend farewell at a private funeral in Melbourne.

Warne’s three children, Jackson, Brooke and Summer, and parents Keith and Brigette, were joined by about 80 guests to say their final goodbyes on Sunday.

The gathering featured a who’s who of the cricketing world, with retired Australian Test captains Mark Taylor, Allan Border and Michael Clarke attending along with former England skipper Michael Vaughan.

Bowling greats Merv Hughes and Glenn McGrath and long time Warne team-mates Mark Waugh and Ian Healy were also there.

Close friend Eddie McGuire delivered the eulogy and was MC for the service, which was held in Moorabbin in recognition of Warne’s lifelong association with the St Kilda Football Club.

Guests were invited to wear St Kilda scarves and a pair of them were draped across Warne’s coffin as it was driven around the oval to the sound of the 1980s Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes hit The Time of My Life.

The lap of honour was immediately followed by a champagne toast. McGuire urged the mourners to be louder as he led three cheers.

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