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This prob­a­bly clas­si­fies me as unaus­tralian, and to some would be con­sid­ered grounds for im­me­di­ate de­por­ta­tion, but I’m ut­terly dis­in­ter­ested in cricket. In fact, my ig­no­rance ex­tends not only to cricket, but to all sports. But you don’t need to know any­thing about sport to recog­nise a good sport when you see one, and Shane Warne is most def­i­nitely that. Only some­one with a healthy sense of hu­mour and an even more healthy appreciati­on for self-dep­re­ca­tion would com­ply with Stel­lar’s re­quest to pose as a Ken dol­l­like fig­ure. Not only did Shane good-na­turedly play along with the con­cept (and let’s face it, there are prob­a­bly many other places he would have pre­ferred to spend his 47th birth­day than squeez­ing into fig­ure-hug­ging tech­ni­coloured cloth­ing in a chilly Mel­bourne stu­dio), he man­aged to charm ev­ery­one on set in the process. As writer An­drew Rule ob­serves, de­spite the soap-opera trap­pings, “there are signs of both a cal­cu­lat­ing brain and a kind heart”. Eat your heart out, Ken. Sar­rah

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