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Shane Warne spins from gin to hand sanitiser

The cricket legend’s gin distillery is switching its production line because of the coronavirus.

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Former Australia cricketer Shane Warne has called a temporary halt to the production of gin at his Australian distillery, with hand sanitiser to be made instead (John Walton/PA)

Former Australia cricketer Shane Warne has called a temporary halt to the production of gin at his Australian distillery, with hand sanitiser to be made instead (John Walton/PA)

Former Australia cricketer Shane Warne has called a temporary halt to the production of gin at his Australian distillery, with hand sanitiser to be made instead (John Walton/PA)

Legendary cricketer Shane Warne has switched from making gin at an Australian distillery he part-owns to making hand-sanitiser, as shortages frustrate attempts to control the coronavirus outbreak.

Warne, who retired from Test cricket in 2007 with a then-record 708 wickets, is a co-owner of the award-winning SevenZeroEight gin distillery, along with two prominent West Australian surgeons.

Warne said the company would turn its production from gin to alcohol hand rubs, which would be provided to two hospitals in the western state.

“This is a challenging time for Australians and we all need to do what we can to help our health care system combat this disease and save lives,” Warne said.

“I am happy SevenZeroEight has the ability to make this shift and encourage others to do the same.”

Warne has a long history of charitable work. Earlier this year a “Baggy Green” Australia cap he offered at auction raised $584,000 for victims of wild fires which ravaged Australia’s eastern states.

PA