The late Shane Warne (we still can’t believe we’re talking about him in past tense), is expected to be posthumously awarded one of Australia’s highest accolades in the next Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

While appointments in the Order of Australia are not normally awarded once a candidate has passed, if they were nominated before their death, then they are still eligible to be considered.

According to Daily Mail, Warne had, in fact, been nominated and the correct forms were received by the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat before his sudden death.

It is also important to note that consideration of a nomination can take between 18 months and two years.

It is understood that he will be made an Officer or Member of the Order of Australia.

Cricket’s Allan Border, Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting are all Officers of the Order of Australia (AO).

Orders of Australia are announced twice a year: on Australia Day and the second Monday of June when the Queen’s Birthday is observed in most states.

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