Jackson's huge emotions as he pays tribute to father Shane Warne in AFL

Jackson's huge emotions as he pays tribute to father Shane Warne in AFL

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Australian cricket legend Shane Warne was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Thailand after a suspected heart attack. Video / The Associated Press / / The New Zealand Herald

Australian cricket legend Shane Warne was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Thailand after a suspected heart attack. Video / The Associated Press / / The New Zealand Herald

Jackson and Brooke Vaughan paid tribute to their father Shane Vaughan as part of an emotional tribute to the cricket legend ahead of Friday night's AFL showdown between St Kilda and Collingwood.

It was a special moment when the Warne kids walked to the center of Marvel Stadium to toss coins.

Shane Warne is a lifelong Saints fan and even played youth football for the club.

That's why seeing Jackson tossing a coin with St Kilda co-captain Jack Steele makes the cricket legend so happy.

The 52-year-old fell ill with a suspected heart attack on March 4 while on holiday in Thailand.

In a special tribute, St Kilda this week announced plans to pay tribute to the late cricketer in the club's season opener against the Magpies.

Saints players have Vaughan's name stitched on the back of their warm-up jerseys. Several classic tributes to Warne were also laid on the ground, including the number 708 painted on the turf to celebrate the number of wickets he scored during his Test career.

The number 23 is also painted on the flanks near Centre Court - a nod to the number Vaughan wore on the back of his sweater when he played one-day cricket for Australia.

Saints players also wore black armbands to confirm Vaughan's pass.

Jackson and Brooke also gave Steele a warm hug before the coin toss.

Her sister Summer was also reportedly at the game and watched it from the stands.

TV cameras also showed Vaughan's father Keith sitting next to cricket legend Andrew Symonds and England captain Michael Vaughan.

Vaughan said before the game that he had travelled from the UK to pay tribute to his Fox cricket commentator.

"It's very sad, but going to my first AFL game in memory of Sean and seeing Jackson flip a coin will be exciting and a celebration of the life of a great man," Vaughan said.

Steele said earlier this week that the club wanted to make Vaughan proud.

"Worney is a great saint and he loves this football club," Steele said.

"It's an honour to represent Sean on the pitch and I hope we can do it for him