When Steve Waugh Referred Shane Warne As 'A Kid At School With No Mates'

Shane Warne and Steve Waugh were among the greatest players to have played for Australia. However, the duo had a fallout in their relationship and did not looked each other in the eye. Recalling, one of the incidents, Shane Lee said how Steve Waugh pulled him aside and jokingly told him a few things about Shane Warne.

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Waugh was at the centre of resurgence for Australian cricket in the 20th century. He retired with 10927 runs in Test cricket at an average of 51.06. He hit 32 centuries and 52 half-centuries in the format. In the ODIs, he featured in 325 matches for Australia, scoring over 7000 runs. He had a brilliant record as a Test captain with 71.92% of wins.

Shane Warne, Steve Waugh
Shane Warne has called Steve Waugh the most selfish cricketer. Image Courtesy: Getty

Steve Waugh said Warney is like the kid with no friends at school: Shane Lee

“I remember the ’96 World Cup. I was selected as a 23-year-old all-rounder. And Warney was really nice and took me in. He said, ‘It’s going to be the Shane show, you and me, the Shane show’.” Lee, the older brother of Brett Lee, said on the Betoota Advocate podcast.

“Steve Waugh pulled me aside and said, ‘How you going with Warney?’ I said he’s being really nice to me and Waugh said, ‘Do you remember when you were at school and there was a kid at school that had no mates and this new kid comes to school and that kid with no mates is all over that new kid? You’re that new kid and Warney’s the kid with no mates.”

Waugh donned many hats in his career. Post retirement he continues to be a philanthropist with his charity work under the name of ‘The Steve Waugh Foundation’. He also occasionally continued to be a part of the broadcasters and gives his opinion on various aspects of the game and his national team.