Warne’s displays for Australia at the 1999 World Cup in England were simply breathtaking, and none more so than when his country really needed him in the semi-final against old foes South Africa at Edgbaston.
Steve Waugh’s side appeared to be on the verge of sliding out of the tournament after being bowled out for only 213 inside their allocated 50 overs, with the Proteas racing to 48 without loss from just 12 overs.
Enter stage left Warne, who then ripped the heart out South Africa’s batting lineup with a bewitching spell of four for 29 for his 10 overs.
It left Hansie Cronje’s men in such a state of confusion, that they then somehow failed to score the one run needed for victory from the final over to hand the Aussies a place in the final, with Warne inevitably given the man-of-the-match award.
In the final against bitter enemies Pakistan at Lord’s, Warne unsurprisingly took centre stage once again with another man-of-the-match performance.
This time his spell of four for 33 on a green top at the home of cricket helped Australia ease to a comfortable eight-wicket win off just 20.1 overs.