His comments are a reflection of himself: Waugh to Warne
In the worldwide pandemic, sporting world without sport, everything echoes like a vacant universe. But the world has been heat up by Shane Warne versus Steve Waugh.
This bemused Waugh. “People keep saying it’s a feud,” he said.
“But to me, a feud is between two people. I’ve never bought into it, so it’s just one person. His comments are a reflection of himself, nothing to do with me. That’s all I’d say.”
Before it Shane Warne made a controversial comment over him, “Steve was easily the most selfish cricketer I ever played with,” tweeted Warne. “It could have been a cut-and-paste of a cut-and-paste of a cut-and-paste.”
Coincidentally, the cricket website ESPNcricinfo posted a stat to show that Waugh was involved in more run-outs than any other international cricketer. Of the total of 104, Waugh was out 31 times, his partner 73.
Waugh and Warne go back a way to recalls the issues they had when they played together. Waugh once tried to recruit the uncapped Warne to NSW when Victoria was showing only tepid interest to him. They played much redoubtable international cricket together, some as captain and vice-captain together.
In Waugh’s first series as Test captain in 1999, Australia fell 1-2 behind the West Indies. Warne, returning from a shoulder injury, had taken two wickets in three Tests, so Waugh dropped him for the last match.
For this reason, Warne got furious at Waugh and took up smoking habits again. As a matter of record, Australia won the Test to tie the series and retain the Frank Worrall Trophy. Before it they had gone to such pains to win back four years duration.