Shane Warne has made the stunning admission he’s still ‘sad’ about splitting with Liz Hurley and ‘cares about her deeply’.
Warne and Hurley dated for three years between 2010 - 2013, and they even got engaged in 2011.
However things didn’t work out and the pair parted ways after a whirlwind romance.
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Now, speaking for a six-part series with Fox Sports, Warne has opened up about his lingering feelings for Hurley.
“I’m quite sad it’s over because I still care about her deeply and she’s a wonderful person,” Warne admitted on ‘A Week with Warnie’.
“I suppose it was the sporting world meeting her world… It was one of those things where we just collided.
“When she first came to Australia we had been seeing each other for about six months or so, so I didn’t introduce her to my children until it was real and I believed it had a future - it wasn’t just a bit of fun.
“So six months down the track she finally comes to meet the children in Australia and it was an absolute circus.
“I mean, the next door neighbour’s kids were selling cordial for a buck out the front!”
Shane Warne slams Ricky Ponting again
Meanwhile, Warne has once again taken aim at former skipper Ricky Ponting for his decision to bowl first in the 2005 Ashes Test at Edgbaston.
Warne’s criticism of the call is well-documented, however the King of Spin decided to reiterate his thoughts during a segment for Sky Sports with Michael Vaughan, Kevin Pietersen, Marcus Trescothick, Steve Harmison, Rob Key and Nasser Hussain.
England cashed in on Ponting’s poor call, piling on the runs in the first innings before narrowly winning the match by two runs.
“Nasser [Hussain] goes down as one of those people that had one of the worst-ever decisions when he said ‘we'll have a bowl, thanks’ at Brisbane, but at least at The Gabba the ball swings or does something on day one. This was a road and the ball did nothing,” Warne said.
“Punter's [Ponting’s] decision to bowl first was just the worst decision ever, by any captain.
“So take a back seat, Nas, Punter has got your back.”
England levelled the series at 1-1 and went on to win the Ashes despite a herculean effort from Australia’s tail on the final day.
“The emotion of that week was just frightening! We’d gone from being the best team in the world going into Lord’s, then Glenn McGrath taking the whole thing away from us, thinking ‘here we go again’,” Harmison said.
“To then go to Edgbaston, McGrath standing on the ball, to potentially winning it, potentially losing, to winning again.
“At the end of this Test match, there was a bit of calmness in the dressing room. Not only did we think we were back in the series, we thought we could win it.”
Vaughan admitted Australia would have won the series if they’d taken a 2-0 lead.