Sydney: Shane Warne came within a few metres of pocketing 1 million dollars ($ 500,000) in the opening game of the Australian cricket season in Sydney on Sunday.
| The champion Test leg spinner just missed hitting a designated sponsor's sign, which carried the bonanza during Victoria's One-day match with New South Wales at Bankstown Oval. As part of this season's domestic cup One-day series, the designated signs become targets whenever a six is hit and stay live until the end of the over in which the six is hit. After hitting fellow leg spinner Stuart MacGill over mid-wicket for six, Warne turned to square leg and appeared to eye the sign affixed to the boundary fence. "I wasn't actually going for the sign but I got a rank full toss from Stuart and I just had to hit for six," said Warne, whose Victorian team's winning hopes had long since disappeared. "Off the stick, Mark Waugh and Brad Haddin behind the stumps said, 'I think you've got it' but the wind just curled it around a bit and it just missed," Warne said of his shot for instant riches. Warne, whose Victorian side lost by 123 runs, estimated it missed by about two metres (yards) and was disappointed he couldn't give his team something to celebrate. "It would have been a nice positive to get out of a disappointing game." NSW skipper Shane Lee admitted he thought the money was about to go to Warne's way. "It went really close but I'm glad he didn't hit it - Warney's one guy that doesn't need it," Lee added with a smile. |