January 5, 2011

Ashes 2010-11

England cut Warne's run short

Liam Brickhill

Shane Warne was never shy of uttering a word or two in an English batsman’s ear during his playing days, but it appears the English have finally found a way to silence him. Warne, who has branched out into poker, commentary and even a line of gentleman’s underwear since his retirement, also had his own cricket-themed variety TV show, Warnie, on the Nine Network. However, the fifth and final episode of the show has been shelved, apparently because of the dominance of the England cricket team in the Ashes. The network decided "there is no need for a show on January 6" because the visitors have already retained the urn.

Warnie opened to viewing figures of 854,000, but that had dropped below 500,000 by the second episode despite guests such as James Packer, Sir Michael Parkinson, Dannii Minogue, Sting, Jeremy Clarkson, Susan Boyle and Coldplay's Chris Martin.

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