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    Dec 26, 2010

    Shane Warne and MCC president David Meiklejohn after the Avenue of Legends announcement at the MCG on Boxing Day, 2010.The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) today announced an expansion to the list of sporting statues placed around the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) precinct in partnership with Australia Post.

    The Australia Post Avenue of Legends project will see a minimum of one statue per year for the next five years placed in Yarra Park, extending from the Gate 2 MCC members entrance up the avenue towards Wellington Parade.

    Speaking at the official Boxing Day Test luncheon in the MCG’s Olympic Room today, MCC president David Meiklejohn also announced that the first statue in the series will feature Australian and Victorian cricketing legend Shane Warne. 

    “It is appropriate that on Boxing Day – four years on from his last Test match at the MCG – we announce that the first statue in the Australia Post Avenue of Legends series will feature Shane Warne,” said Mr Meiklejohn. “Shane’s playing record is unparalleled and he will sit comfortably alongside the 10 sporting greats already outside the MCG. 

    We are most grateful to Australia Post for supporting the sporting and cultural heritage of the MCG and surrounding precinct.”

    Mr Louis Laumen, sculptor of the 10 statues already outside the MCG, has been engaged to sculpt the work. An unveiling of the Shane Warne statue is expected towards the end of 2011. 

    "Australia Post has always been a great supporter of celebrating Australian achievement and our sporting heroes are so important to the fabric of Australian culture,” said Ahmed Fahour, Managing Director and CEO of Australia Post.

    “The MCG truly is the people’s ground and we are proud to support the concept of the Avenue of Legends that people of all walks of life can enjoy for years to come."

    The 10 statues already outside the MCG in the Parade of Champions are cricketers Sir Donald Bradman, Keith Miller, Bill Ponsford and Dennis Lillee, Australian Rules footballers Ron Barassi, Leigh Matthews, Dick Reynolds and Haydn Bunton and athletes Shirley Strickland and Betty Cuthbert.

    1 - 4 of 4 Comments

    Posted by: Ed B on 26/12/2010 07:17:35 PM

    What a disgrace.

    Warne is dubious a role model for cricket. Suspended for one year for breaching the ACB's drug code. Received money from a bookmaker for weather and pitch information.

    Posted by: Kevin on 26/12/2010 11:40:15 PM

    Re comment by Ed B what about Julia Gillard, disposed of Kevin Rudd in an unsavourably manner but her picture will forever hang in parliament as being a Prime Minister. Warne deserves it due to his sporting, repeat sporting achievements.

    Posted by: Bill Hodges on 04/01/2011 11:15:54 AM

    One can only hope that a statue of the late Norm Smith will be commissioned.

    Posted by: Demon Rob on 07/01/2011 08:28:21 PM

    Ed: greatest spin bowler. massive efforts at the G. Deserves it. Get over it.
    Kevin: KRudd committed political suicide and had to be removed and even forced Julia into having to remove him, but that has nothing to do with cricket or statues. Get over it.
    Bill: yes, very deserving. But will the statue be coach or player?

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