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3AW’s Neil Mitchell weighed in, saying it was incredible that one-eighth of the people in the world watched the cricketer’s memorial service.
‘One-in-eight’ people worldwide watched Melbourne host Shane Warne’s memorial
‘What [the viewers] saw was one of the best things this city has ever hosted,’ Mitchell told listeners on Thursday, saying the memorial production was spot on.
He said there was no bulldust, ‘every word was real’, and Warne was not glorified as a saint. Even Merv Hughes referred to the cricketing great as a bogan.
‘Last night, for me, captured the essence of Shane Warne, and that was a tough thing to do … the memorial was superbly done, it was classic Melbourne.
He also said it had the right amount of warmth, emotion, humour and respect: ‘I don’t think I’ve seen better’.
Tens of thousands rocked up to the cricketer’s memorial with the elite of Australia’s sporting, political and celebrity class in tow.
International visitors streamed in from overseas, with the likes of Elton John, Hugh Jackman, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams and Chris Martin paying tribute.
Robbie Williams played a moving version of his hit Angels for his ‘mate’ and said he had been looking forward to spending more time with Warne.
‘You seldom come across that kind of energy with people,’ he told viewers via video. ‘Easy company too … he was kind, charismatic, funny, charming and a gentleman.’
Shane Warne’s children (left to right) Brooke, Jackson and Summer at the MCG on Wedneday unveiling the Shane Warne Stand. Their father made milestones at the grounds, taking a hat-trick against England in 1994 and achieving his 700th wicket about a decade later.
International celebs lined up to pay musical tribute, including Elton John (pictured), Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran and Robbie Williams
Hugh Jackman took to a video link and said Shane Warne reminded ‘us to make the most of every single second, and he sucked the marrow out of life, he was a great friend and teammate’.
Sporting luminaries among the crowd were Merv Hughes, Michael Clarke, Brett Lee, David Boon, Steve Waugh, Gary Ablett Jnr, Brendan Fevola and Nick Riewoldt.
Political heavy weights included Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who got a frosty reception from the crowd when his name was announced.
The moment has divided social media users as to whether it was appropriate to boo the nation’s leader during the service, with some slamming it as ‘disrespectful’.
‘You had the privilege of being there but had no respect. Not the time or place. Shame on you!’ one furious viewer commented.
‘If you care more about booing someone at a memorial than you do about the person the memorial is for, you shouldn’t even be there,’ another added.
Though Australian crowds have a habit of booing the Prime Minister at major sporting events, with Mr Morrison previously describing it as ‘a great tradition’.
‘I would be disappointed if they didn’t,’ Mr Morrison told reporters in 2019.
‘Bob Hawke and everyone else got the same treatment at games.’
Social media debate lit up after Scott Morrison (pictured on Wednesday night) received boos from the crowd at the MCG
Hugh Jackman (pictured) paid tribute via video and said Warne reminded ‘us to make the most of every single second, he sucked the marrow out of life, he was a great friend and teammate’.
Pop legend Robbie Williams (pictured appearing live by video link at the memorial) sung a moving piano version of his hit Angels and spoke to the large audience
A man lays flowers at a Shane Warne statue as members of the public arrive to pay their respects to the fallen cricket star, who died suddenly, aged 52, on March 4
300 million people from India tuned in to the memorial as about 50,000 plus members of the public inundated the MCG on Wednesday, some holding signs
A fan (pictured at the memorial). One radio commentator said the night ‘captured the essence of Shane Warne’, which wasn’t an easy thing to do.