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Are you surprised Shane Warne was never trusted with the Australian captaincy? This might help. He’s come in 100th in a Reader's Digest survey of Australia’s most trusted people for 2011. Warne’s consistency at the bottom (he was 97 last year) is one of the more predictable aspects of the survey of 1350 Australians from all walks of life, in which sex workers fared better than politicians, taxi-drivers and journalists.
Warne’s bowling partner, Glenn McGrath, was at 32, making him the top-ranked cricketer, though it was a come down from his ninth position in 2010. Richie Benaud was at 34, while Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting were 68 and 83.
Public health specialist Fiona Stanley topped the survey, followed by the biologist Elizabeth Blackburn, Australia’s first female Nobel laureate. Oscar winner Mel Gibson (96) and Prime Minister Julia Gillard (97) were the other notables giving Warne company at the bottom of the list.