The touching truth behind Shane Warne’s obsession with the number 23 – and it’s got nothing to do with paying tribute to basketball legend Michael Jordan
- Cricket icon Shane Warne who died on Friday was obsessed with the number 23
- It was the number on his Australia shirt for One Day International Test matches
- His management company was 23Red and he has giant 23 at bottom of his pools
- His close friend revealed it was a tribute to his hero AFL legend Dermott Brereton
- Warne idolised Brereton who wore the number during his career with Hawthorn
Shane Warne’s curious love for the number 23 stems back to his teenage obsession with his AFL idol Dermott Brereton.
Warne, who died of a suspected heart attack on Friday night, proudly donned the number on his Australian jersey during his career as one of the best players to ever grace cricket.
His two homes in Brighton, in Melbourne’s south-east, both notably have a giant 23 painted on the bottom of each home’s swimming pool, visible on Google Earth.
Warne was also an ambassador for the ritzy Crown Casino nightspot that was named after his favourite number, Club 23.
Shane Warne (pictured with former fiancee Elizabeth Hurley) loved the number 23 because it was also worn by his Aussie Rules idol, Dermott Brereton
Warne (pictured celebrating a wicket with keeper Adam Gilchrist) proudly donned the number on his Australian jersey during his incredible career. Many people assumed the 23 was a tribute to Michael Jordan, but that’s not the case
His two homes in Brighton, in Melbourne’s south-east, both famously have 23 on the bottom of their swimming pools
Warne’s close friend Darren Berry revealed his love for 23 came from Hawthorn great Dermott Brereton (pictured), who wore the number when he was a footy superstar in the ’80s
Many had guessed Warne’s obsession with the number was a tribute to basketball legend Michael Jordan, who also wore 23 during his career.
Twenty-three is often associated with the best players in a sport, including David Beckham who wore it when he played for Real Madrid and LA Galaxy. Beckham said he was an admirer of Jordan.
But Warne’s close friend Darren ‘Chuck’ Berry earlier revealed it was the spin king’s love of footy legend and AFL Hall of Fame star Brereton that sparked his interest with the number, the Hindustan Times reported.
Brereton had donned the number during his stint with Hawthorn, and Warne, who dreamt of playing in the AFL, was in awe.
Despite being a St Kilda fan, Warne saw Brereton (pictured) as a hero when he won multiple premierships with Hawthorn in the ’80s and in 1991
It comes as Warne’s family now work to bring his body home to Australia following his death in Thailand.
Thai police have ruled out foul play and Australian government officials met with Warne’s friends in Koh Samui on Saturday night to discuss bringing his body home to Melbourne.
It’s understood his family desperately want to avoid having an autopsy on the father-of-three in Thailand so he can be returned to Australia as soon as possible.
But Thai authorities are insisting they want to carry out the post-mortem before his remains are released to the family to be flown home.
Thai police have said the body must undergo an autopsy to find the cause of death and a report will then be sent to the Australian embassy in Thailand.
Crown Casino’s Club 23 nightspot was named in honour of the world-beating leg spinner