Melbourne:Shane Warne has often described his life as resembling a soap opera. Now that he's seen it played out on stage, and set to music, he reckons it's something to be proud of.
The retired Australian leg-spin bowler, the leading wicket-taker in Test cricket when he retired nearly two years ago, was initially reluctant to see "Shane Warne The Musical" when it opened in Melbourne, but admitted curiosity got the better of him.
While he said he was initially angry producers had not sought permission to use his name and had reservations about how his former wife, Simone, and his mother, Brigitte, would be portrayed, he was generally happy with the show.
"It's hard to explain watching a musical and being entertained when it's your life," he wrote in a column for Wednesday's Sun-Herald newspaper. "... Thought it was pretty funny stuff, though let's just say there was some poetic license taken."
Warne admitted to getting more nervous as the plot moved toward the "scandals."
"There are a few more chuckles and the odd cringe - but not too many, I must admit. Then, it's over," he said. "My life in two hours has just flashed before my eyes. Again I felt weird but, in a strange way, proud of what I'd just witnessed."
The musical of Warne's checkered life might eventually tour England, where the Australian bowler was at his most damaging on the field.
Eddie Perfect authored and performed in the musical that traces Warne's early life through to his meeting his now former wife Simone when she was a promotional girl for a beer company.
It also includes the so-called "Ball of the Century" that dismissed England captain Mike Gatting in the 1993 Ashes series and his widely reported controversies over text messaging and relationship scandals.
"Such ridiculous things have happened to Shane Warne, incredibly good things and incredibly disastrous things _ you couldn't make this stuff up," Perfect said at the launch. "We're all human and we all make mistakes and if you take judgment out of it, I think it's been a wonderful life."
Executive producer Kevin Whyte said he would like to take the show to London's West End.
Warne, now a cricket coach, analyst, Twenty20 exponent and poker player, said his initial concerns about the musical were because of the 13 unauthorized biographies done on his life that he didn't think were accurate. He's OK with the musical.
"I think Eddie and his team have written the musical in a respectful and sympathetic way, and that they have captured my fun, larrikin side," Warne said.