Shane Warne’s son prefers tennis despite taking hat-trick

Jackson Warne, the son of the former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne, is not intending to pursue his career in cricket despite taking a hat-trick for his school.

Last week, the 15-year-old, playing for the Brighton Grammar School in Melbourne, took three wickets in three balls to spark speculation that he would follow in his father’s famous footsteps.

He has been quick to say he is not intending to pursue a career in cricket, but that he prefers to play tennis during the Australian summer.

“No, I have always played tennis at school as my summer sport which I enjoy,” said Jackson Warne. “I only played cricket this season just to give it a go. Next summer I am going back to tennis.

“I was surprised - I didn’t expect that I was going to get it [hat-trick],” he added. “My parents were very supportive saying things like ‘good job’.

“My dad said to me ‘Good job, that’s only your fourth game!’

“I like to do sport and physical education and recess spending times with my mates.”

Jackson, in Year 10 at Brighton Grammar School in Melbourne, says he is an ‘average’ academic and at 15-years-old he has no idea what career direction he will follow.

“Jackson has been enrolled at our School since he was a three-year-old in our Early Learning Centre,” said Natalie van Wetering, the Director of Marketing and Community Relations at the school. “Despite having a globally famous father, Jackson has always simply been just one of the boys – indeed a delightful young man.

“Shane (Warne) has been around the School in the same ways most of our fathers do – watching sports, attending father son activities, parent nights and so on.

“He has been too busy and travelling away too much to be able to help with cricket coaching but has always been generous support the school as a guest speaker or providing signed balls or bats for fundraising events,” she added. “What Shane has done in his private back garden to pass on the skills of his spin bowling to his son is unknown to us but like most Aussies I am sure many a game of backyard cricket has been played with Jackson and his friends!”

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
His twitter bio reads: Eat cricket stories, drink cricket stories, sleep cricket stories.

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