Warne's unwanted hat-trick: Corruption, sex and drugs

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  • Thursday, 13 Feb 2003

SYDNEY: Cricket’s greatest leg-spinner Shane Warne has taken an unwanted hat-trick in the wake of his positive drug test at the World Cup in southern Africa. 

The 33-year-old Australian Test great, who completed a Test hat-trick against England in the 1994-95 Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, now has annexed a trio of sporting scandals – corruption, sex and now drugs, according to commentators here. 

In 1995, Warne and teammate Mark Waugh were fined by the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) for accepting money from an Indian bookmaker after providing pitch and weather information during a tour of Sri Lanka in 1994. 

Then while playing for English county Hampshire in 2000, a British tabloid told of how Warne, a married man, had left “dirty messages” on the answerphone of a nurse he’d met in a Leicester nightclub. Warne has never been far away from trouble during his cricket career. 

He was scheduled to return to Melbourne late on Wednesday after he tested positive for a banned diuretic after a test by the Australian Sports Drugs Agency (ADSA) before the team flew to South Africa earlier this month. 

Under the ACB's anti-doping policy, Warne could either a three-month ban or a two-year ban when the anti-doping panel meets this week. 

ASDA said on Wednesday there was little chance of Warne’s second or B urine sample being free of drugs. – AFP 

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