LEG-SPINNING legend Shane Warne described as “awesome” Hampshire’s decision to bring back their Hawks moniker in 2021 and added: “It was my second home.”

The Australian star spent eight years at the Ageas Bowl between 2000 and 2008.

As well as captaining the side, Warne took 276 first-class wickets for Hampshire, at an average of 25.59.

He made a total of 2,040 runs, including a highest score of 107 against Kent at Canterbury in 2005.

Hampshire today confirmed they would be readopting the Hawks nickname in the T20 format, which they originally used in limited overs contests between 2003 and 2009.

The Hawks also contested the first ever T20 match against Sussex Sharks, following the format’s inception in 2003.

And Warne was pleased to see the Hawks name back involved with the club.

Speaking on a post via Hampshire’s official Twitter page, Australia’s leading Test wicket-taker said: “I just wanted to say this is awesome news about Hampshire going back to being a Hawk.

“I had eight wonderful years at the club. It was my second home and some of the most enjoyable times of my career.

“Good luck with everyone, go the Hawks and well done to everyone at Hampshire. I look forward to seeing you soon.”

Hampshire Hawks will kick off their T20 campaign away at Kent Spitfires on June 9.