Found guilty of over speeding for the sixth time in two years, former Australian cricketer Shane Warne has been banned from driving for 12 months. Warne pleaded guilty at the Wimbledon Magistrates' Court for driving at over 75 kmph in a zone where the speed limit was 65 mph.
The former leg-spinner had earlier admitted breaking a 40-miles-per-hour (64 kilometres-per-hour) limit in a hired Jaguar in London last year.
Shane Warne was not present in the court for the hearing but already had 15 penalty points on his license for five speeding offenses from April 2016. He had to pay a total of 1,845 pounds to the court (775 pounds in costs, fined 900 pounds and a surcharge of 170 pounds) The Deputy District Judge Adrian Turner told the court:
"It may well be that none of its own were particularly serious but for points disqualification purposes the triviality of the offenses is not to be taken into account. "A period of 12 months is necessary for the purposes I have mentioned."
Warne is regarded as one of the best-ever bowlers in cricket history. He is the second on the all-time list of Test wicket takers with 708 wickets in 145 Tests between 1992 and 2007.
Earlier, in another controversy, Shane Warne lashed out at Matt Prior for taunting Nathan Lyon during the Ashes last month. Lyon first missed a simple run out the chance of Jack Leach at the non-striker's end when he failed to collect the ball while attempting to dislodge the bails. On the very next delivery, Lyon had Ben Stokes plumb in front of the wicket. Nonetheless, the decision was ruled against Australia's favour by umpire Joel Wilson. The Australians, unfortunately, had no review left but the replays showed that the batsman would have been out. England had lost their nine wickets and needed two runs to win when this happened. After the match, former England wicket-keeper batsman Matt Prior decided to rub salt on Nathan Lyon's wounds. Matt Prior took to social media and took a jibe at the off-spinner.
This did not go down well with Shane Warne and he lashed out Matt Prior by saying that just because Lyon had knocked him over for fun there was still no need for that kind of silly and immature behaviour. Shane Warne then urged him to grow up and that he has had enough of those stupid comments. Shane Warne then requested that the wonderful game of Test cricket and Ashes should be celebrated.
(With Inputs from PTI)