Shane Warne didn’t receive a Queen’s Birthday honour for just his cricket — it was for his charity work too

Shane Warne has been recognised for his service to humanity with a posthumous appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia as part of this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours list.

Warne, who died in March aged 52, was given the honour for “distinguished service to cricket as a player, role model and commentator, to the community through charitable initiatives, and for philanthropic contributions”.

‘More than an incredible cricketer’

Warne’s father Keith accepted the award on his behalf.

Here’s his acceptance speech: 

“Over the last few difficult months, we have reflected a great deal on Shane personally and his amazing achievements throughout his life.

“This award acknowledges those achievements and recognises that Shane was much more than an incredible cricketer.

“He really was a selfless and remarkable man who always looked to support those less fortunate.

“We are so proud of him and know he would be extremely honoured to receive such an accolade.

“We hope his legacy will inspire many generations to come.”

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