Shane Warne’s latest post-retirement venture has been revealed with the spin king to dip his toes in the waters of the public-speaking circuit.
Warne, who took 708 Test wickets for Australia, unveiled his Warney Uncut: The Whole Truth And Nothing But The Truth speaking tour in Melbourne on Tuesday, with top-shelf tickets going for hundreds of dollars.
The 47-year-old, who has been a constant headline ever since he burst onto the international cricket scene in 1992, will travel across the country in April and May, promising a “no holds barred” show.
Warne said he was motivated to do the tour to correct the many “factually wrong” things said or written about his life.
“There’s probably been 10, 11, 12 unauthorised biographies about my life … a lot of the unauthorised stuff just isn’t true. It’s a lot of made-up stuff,” he told reporters.
“There’s only one person that really knows the truth and that’s me, not anyone else.
“Stage musicals, there’s a telemovie coming out, there’s all sorts of stuff that I’ve got nothing to do with. I thought this was my opportunity to set the record straight on everything.”
Tickets range from $99 to $399 for the shows, excluding booking fees, with the top price coming with a Premium Package that guarantees great seats, refreshments and canapés and the “chance to say hello to Warney”.
Warne will be interviewed in the shows before taking unfiltered questions from the audience and he hopes audiences will leave with a different impression of him.
[I want to] get people to understand some of the truth, get to know me better as a person.”
“I think a lot of people saw me in the jungle [during I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!] last year and I think they sort of thought maybe that I’m not that bad a bloke … I’m actually quite a genuine guy, I’m down to earth.”
He also said that while some topics, including his marriage breakdown, would be emotional to discuss, it remained an “entertainment show” and would be fun.
A website promoting the tour continued the theme of Warne’s press conference: “This is a chance for fans to get up close and personal.
“Warney Uncut is intimate and interactive as Warney takes questions from the audience with no topic off-limits.
“As the title states, this will be The Whole Truth And Nothing But The Truth. Forthright and honest, with his unique sense of style and humour.”
The show is likely to go international once the Australian dates are completed.
Warne also joked in his press conference about a career in politics, something that was mooted after a social media post of his on Tuesday.
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When asked what he would do if he was Australia’s prime minister, he said: “What I would do first of all, I’d probably ring Donald Trump – hopefully he doesn’t hang up on me – and say ‘mate, I can fix that hair straight away’.
“That’s the No.1 thing I would do – fix his hair.”