Wife spins Warne for multi-million-dollar divorce

Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Australian cricket's "spin king" Shane Warne is facing a 10 million dollar (7.3 million US) divorce claim from his wife, reports said.

Shane and Simone Warne publicly split during last year's Ashes series in England after British papers alleged the champion leg-spinner had been involved in a series of sex scandals.

In an interview with a women's magazine, Simone Warne said she would not be taking her husband of almost a decade back despite his pleas for a reconciliation.

"It's over and there's no going back," she told New Idea. "I've worked out what I'm going to do and how I'll cope.

"I don't think Shane had really thought about it. I don't think he believed it was really over. I am sure he thought we'd try again when he got back from the UK."

Simone Warne did not discuss the financial aspects of the divorce settlement but the magazine said it was estimated at 10 million dollars.

The cricketer's management dismissed the figure as "a long way from the truth."

Warne reportedly made close to two million dollars in earnings and endorsements last year, and the palatial family home in Melbourne is worth more than five million dollars.

Despite the end of their marriage the couple would continue to share their Melbourne home with their three children, Brooke, 8, Jackson, 6, and Summer, 3, Simone said.

"It sounds strange to be living together but the house is big enough to cope and it's good for the kids to have him around. It's almost like we're flatmates."

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