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Friday, 4 August, 2000, 12:06 GMT 13:06 UK
Warne stripped of vice-captaincy
Warne and Gilchrist
Warne (left) has been replaced by Adam Gilchrist
The Australian Cricket Board has stripped Shane Warne of his position as vice-captain of the national side following revelations that he bombarded an English nurse with lewd phone messages.

Wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist was named as Warne's successor on Friday after beating off competition from Ricky Ponting for the post.

ACB chairman Denis Rogers, who informed Warne of the decision, said his off-field behaviour had cost him the job he had held since early last year.

"We have counselled him over the years and he's been very honest with us but it's got to the point where we think it's time for a change," Rogers said.

I am disappointed but I'm going to take it on the chin and fight back and I'm going to try to make a positive out of this
  Shane Warne

Although national selectors Allan Border, Trevor Hohns and Andrew Hilditch, as well as captain Steve Waugh all wanted Warne to be retained as vice-captain, they were overruled by the ACB.

In a statment, Waugh said: "Obviously I am very disappointed for Shane, as the vice-captaincy of the Australian team is a huge honour to have taken away."

"However, I am very satisfied with his replacement, Adam Gilchrist, who I am sure will do an excellent job."

Shane Warne
Warne has made headlines off the field before
Warne's latest indiscretion, committed while the player was in England playing county cricket for Hampshire, proved to be the last straw for the ACB.

Warne, 30, who is married with two children, admitted last month that he had left a number of obscene messages on the mobile phone of a woman he met in a nightclub.

This followed another highly publicised incident for Warne in New Zealand last year when he tried to take a camera away from a young man who snapped him with a cigarette while he was being sponsored to give up smoking.

And in 1994, Warne, along with Mark Waugh, admitted taking money from an Indian bookmaker.

Shane and I are good friends. We're a very close group of players and get on well
  Adam Gilchrist

Warne's response to the sacking was of obvious disappointment, but he said: "I am disappointed but I'm going to take it on the chin and fight back and I'm going to try to make a positive out of this."

Future captain

His replacement, Gilchrist, has been talked of as a future captain for some time, having impressed with his character and cricket.

Gilchrist said: "It (the decision) was out of my control, I'm sure Shane appreciates that."

"Shane and I are good friends. We're a very close group of players and get on well.

"Hopefully it won't impinge on the friendship, it certainly won't from my point of view and I wouldn't expect it to from Warnie."

Adam Gilchrist
Gilchrist is the new vice-captain

Relatively new

However, the wicketkeeper is still relatively new to the international arena and some senior players have been concerned that a rise in responsibility could affect his form.

Tasmanian Ponting had been the favourite to succeed Warne but he too has had off-the-field problems in the past.

He was suspended for two one-day matches in 1998-99 after being knocked out in a brawl at a Sydney nightclub and promised to undergo counselling for a drinking problem.

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