Aussie spin wizard Shane Warne is in the news once again . This time Warne in stunning statement has lashed out at his former captain Steve Waugh and even labelled him “the most selfish cricketer that I’ve played with”.Speaking while appearing on TV show ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here’, Warne said there were many reasons he didn’t like Waugh, but highlighted one incident – his axing in the final Test against the West Indies in 1999 – as his main reason for contempt.
“There’s a lot of reasons I don’t like Steve Waugh, a lot of reasons … because he’s the most selfish cricketer I’ve played with, blah, blah, blah,” said Warne. Warne spoke about the fateful incident that happened 17 years ago when he was axed from the final Test against the West Indies in 1999, with Australia trailing 1-2.
After three Tests of the four-match series, Warne had taken just two wickets and despite admitting that Waugh was justified in dropping him, the leg-spinner said he felt he was being made a scapegoat. “We went to selection. I hadn’t bowled well, we’d lost – Brian Lara batted unreal – but I felt like I was being the scapegoat, because I didn’t bowl well it was my fault.
During that fateful Test in Antigua, Colin Miller had replaced Warne and Australia registered a 176-run win to draw the series 2-2. But Warne was absolutely furious for the way he was treated by then skipper Steve Waugh.
Warne’s outburst has taken the cricket world by storm and is bound to invite reactions. As skipper Steve Waugh was one of the most successful skippers in the game and his side was often labelled on par or better than Clive LLoyd’s West Indies of the early late 70s and the early 80s.