Former Australian Test cricketer Terry Jenner, who helped turn Shane Warne into one of the world’s greatest bowlers, died on Wednesday aged 66.
Legspinner Jenner suffered a massive heart attack while coaching in England in April 2010 and never fully regained his health, passing away at his home in Adelaide, Cricket Australia said in a statement.
While he played nine Tests in the 1970s, Jenner was also known as the only Australian Test cricketer to be jailed – spending two years behind bars for embezzlement.
He turned his life around after meeting Warne, who he started coaching in the early 1990s, and was regularly on hand to refine the Test great’s action during his record-breaking career.
“Working with Shane changed everything,” Jenner said late last year.
“I was out there earning the respect of people and the good news is that I felt like I’d redeemed myself for the downs I had.”
The news was greeted with tributes from across the cricket community, headed by Warne who regularly credited Jenner for developing him into one of the most feared bowlers of all time.
Warne, who finished his career with a then Test record 708 wickets, wrote on his Twitter page: “Very sad day, since hearing the news of my great friend TJ’s passing.
“My sympathy to all his family – the great man will be missed – RIP !!!
“He gave up so much of his time for cricket and spin bowling – he was an amazing man – full of knowledge and wanted to share it. Thankyou TJ.”