Cricket great Shane Warne has posted a heartfelt tribute to his son Jackson on social media, after the 21-year-old bowed out of controversial reality program SAS Australia.
The show centred around a group of celebrities being put through gruelling S.A.S.-style training, testing how long each can last before they choose not to go on.
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The junior Warne said he chose to take part in the show to prove his own mental toughness, after an admittedly ‘easy’ upbringing thanks to his father’s fame.
“I came on this show to prove to myself that just because of my upbringing, which was very easy, that I could still go through all of the tough stuff and I feel like I did,” Jackson wrote on Instagram after leaving the show.
“I feel accomplished and satisfied.”
While the show has generated controversy over the choices of celebrity for the competition, as well as early scenes which featured AFLW star Tayla Harris fighting former rugby star Nick Cummins as part of an early challenge, Shane Warne posted that he was proud of what his son had achieved on the program.
He also thanked Ant Middleton, the former British S.A.S. soldier tasked with running the gruelling training sessions.
“Thankyou to @antmiddleton and everyone who supported Jackson on his amazing journey,” Shane wrote.
“I’m so glad everyone got to see what a wonderful, caring and thoughtful young man Jackson is. Love you so much.”
Heartbreaking end to Callum Ferguson’s first-class career
Callum Ferguson was cruelly denied a century in his farewell match as South Australia clung on gamely in their Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland.
Retiring Ferguson was trapped in front by Mark Steketee for 97, ending a 17-year first-class cricket career that included one Test for Australia.
When Harry Nielsen (114) departed just one run later, the Redbacks again looked vulnerable to defeat at 6-312, chasing another 136 runs to win.
Ferguson and Nielsen had been going along superbly at ACH Group Stadium, putting on 218 runs for the fifth wicket.
Always behind in the match, their partnership raised the prospects of an unlikely win given the Bulls had held a 342-run first innings lead.
But Queensland will now be favourites to close out the match.
Liam Scott (11) and Chadd Sayers (14) were the not out SA batsmen at tea.
Steketee was the pick of the Queensland bowlers with innings figures of 3-33.