Aussie Fan Broadcasts Phone Number on TV to Receive Text from Shane Warne, Gets Flooded with Thousands of Texts

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | January 6, 2014 2:48 PM EST

Australia's captain Michael Clarke holds up the
Australia's captain Michael Clarke holds up the "Replica Ashes Urn" as he celebrates with teammates after they won the fifth Ashes cricket test against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground January 5,

Australia did a whitewash against England during the Ashes but it is neither the Australian captain Michael Clarke nor the man of the series Mitchell Johnson who is getting all the phone calls. It is Richard Brown who was just another Aussie fan until the day Australia made it 5-0 against its arch rival England.

Brown exposed his phone number to 2 million Australians when he wrote his phone number on a banner that said: "HEY WARNIE SEND US A TXT". He wrote his phone number along with message with the hope that he would receive a text message from the Australian cricketing legend Shane Warne. Well, he is yet to receive one from Warne, but his phone has not stopped ringing ever since.

News.com.au reports what happened to the Shane Warne fan who is now paying price for being a little too candid about his personal number. The New South Wales resident came along with seven of his mates. The gang of eight displayed the phone number during the historic test match that took the Australian cricket team to greater heights. Brown spoke to news.com.au and said that he did it all for fun considering Warner's reputation for his love of text messages.

Warne got involved in a text message scandal in 2010 when he sent over a hundred sexually explicit texts to a married woman. Consequently, Elizabeth Hurley broke up with him. Earlier in 2005, Warne got involved in another scandal involving similar text messages. Warne allegedly texted a 22-year-old woman from Wellington, and the nature of the texts was sexually explicit once again. It all started in 2000 when Warne first got involved in sexting scandals with Donna Wright, an English nurse, and Helen Cohen Alon - a South African woman - who was imprisoned for attempting to extort money from Warne.

Warne, on the contrary, did not find Brown's message alluring enough. Brown expressed his surprise over the overwhelming response he got for a sign which had spontaneously been made just half an hour before the match started.

Since the sign was broadcast on television, Brown received about 200 calls and around 3,000 text messages. He was forced to change his phone number. Now he is asking Warne to send him a tweet.

Warne, on the other hand, is not allured yet.

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Australia's captain Michael Clarke holds up the "Replica Ashes Urn" as he celebrates with teammates after they won the fifth Ashes cricket test against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground January 5,
(Photo: / )
Australia's captain Michael Clarke holds up the "Replica Ashes Urn" as he celebrates with teammates after they won the fifth Ashes cricket test against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground January 5,
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