Warne had sex with 1000 women, claims book

Published: Saturday, July 29, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:If an unauthorised biography is to be believed, Ricky Ponting's men travel with a supply of condoms and their blond Casanova, Shane Warne, had sex with at least 1000 women and was caught just five times.

''Spun Out'', penned by award-winning journalist Paul Barry, who had also authored Kerry Packer's biography, portrays the Aussies as a bunch of womanisers with Warne miles ahead of his Baggy Green comrades.

Courier Mail quotes excerpts from the book which claims Warne has had sex with at least 1000 women and the leggie had his first affair barely four months after his tumultuous marriage to estranged wife Simone Callahan in 1995.

Barry also claims that the Aussies adhere to a code of silence which encourages promiscuity by Warne and other team members and apart from their ''coffins'', carrying gears, they ensure they never run short of condoms.

Most of the allegations, however, come from anonymous sources.

One of Warne's teammates described Warne's marriage to Simone as a wedding between a naive ''suburban girl'' and an accidental hero.

''There's no rocket science going on. He's a spin bowler, she was a promotions model. They have both got blonde hair... If she hadn't married she'd still be putting on a red lycra suit when the grand prix comes around,'' the unnamed player was quoted as saying.

Barry claims Warne was still dating an English woman when he married Simone.

Warne's first affair came four months after the marriage after he picked up a sunbaking French backpacker on Bondi Beach, the writer claimed.

''He was no great lover, she says, but he was attractive, good company and fun,'' he wrote.

According to his friends, Warne loves to ''collect'' women, especially the blondes.

''One of Warne's mates at Channel 9 told me he reckoned Warne had a pretty good average because he had probably had 1000 women and only been caught five times,'' the book read.

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