'On a ventilator': Shane Warne opens up on battle with Covid-19

Shane Warne, pictured here speaking to the media in Melbourne in 2020.
Shane Warne speaks to the media in Melbourne in 2020. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

Shane Warne has opened up on his battle with Covid-19, revealing he was placed on a ventilator for a short period after being diagnosed.

The Aussie cricket legend tested positive for Covid-19 last month while in England coaching the London Spirit in the new limited-overs competition The Hundred.

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Warne has since opened up about contracting the virus, which occurred even though he was fully vaccinated.

“It was a bit like a hangover, I had a pounding headache,” he told the Herald Sun.

“The first couple of days, when I tested positive, I just had a thumping headache and I had one day where I had the shivers, but (was) sweating, like when you have the flu.

“I lost a bit of sense of taste for a few days, but after three or four days I was fine.

“I have apparently got the holy grail. I have been double vaccinated and I have had Covid, so I am meant to be absolutely fine now.”

The 52-year-old made the staggering admission that he was placed on a ventilator to ensure he didn't suffer any lingering effects of the virus.

“It wasn’t because I could not breathe, or anything like that, it was basically a special ventilator that I was trialling to make sure there were no longer-lasting effects that Covid would have on me," he said.

“I have been fine, I have been able to run, I have been able to do everything. I have been absolutely fine.”

Shane Warne praises UK's approach to Covid-19 battle

Warne was forced to miss the Spirit's clash with Southern Brave after he was one of two members of the team's coaching staff to test positive.

The former Test star was the head coach of the men's team for the Lord's-based franchise.

"London Spirit men's head coach Shane Warne will be absent from today's match against Southern Brave at Lord's," the team announced at the time.

"After feeling unwell this morning, Shane returned a positive lateral flow test and will isolate from the squad and support staff whilst he awaits PCR results.

"A second member of the team management is self-isolating after also returning a positive test.

"No players have been impacted."

Shane Warne, pictured here during the fourth Test between England and India at The Oval.
Shane Warne looks on during the fourth Test between England and India at The Oval. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images) (Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Warne had previously praised the UK for “learning to live” with coronavirus and said Australia should adopt a similar approach rather than trying to eliminate it.

“I’ve been here for a few weeks and the country just opened up and they’re having 50,000 odd cases a day but they’re learning to live with it,” Warne told Sky News Australia.

“It’s been really interesting to watch how they’ve done it ... it’s a very interesting time over here and watching how it all works.

“I think it’s just a matter of getting on with it, get you double vax and get on and learn to live with it.

“No one over here wants to be locked down down anymore ... it’s been so tough, I think they’ve just said enough’s enough.”

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