Shane Warne reveals he used ventilator during bout of COVID as Australia reaches major vaccination milestone


Shane Warne has revealed he used a ventilator during his stint battling a bout of COVID-19.

The Australian spin king was forced to take time away from his coaching position at cricket side London Spirit after contracting the virus in August.

The 52-year-old, who was double vaccinated prior to getting sick, described the experience as “a bit like a hangover, I had a pounding headache”.

“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,” he told the Herald Sun.

“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 man with the golden arm — having snared 1001 international wickets — said he used a “special ventilator” that he trialled in a bid to fight off the longer-term effects of the disease.

“I was on a ventilator but it was not an emergency ventilator,” he said, sharing that he hadn’t been plagued by any breathing difficulties.

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