Steve Waugh and Shane Warne were the captain and vice-captain of the Australian team that won the 1999 World Cup in England and which went on to rule the roost in world cricket in years to follow.
But 1999 was also the year where the relationship between two of Australia’s biggest match-winners was scarred forever. It all happened during the Test series in the Caribbean where Waugh decided to bench a struggling Shane Warne from the 4th Test in favor of Stuart MacGill.
Waugh’s decision did not go down well with his then vice-captain Shane Warne, and it still hasn’t. The legendary leg-spinner has been quite vocal about his estranged relationship with Steve Waugh for a number of years, frequently terming him ‘selfish’.
Warne did it again a few days ago. After Rob Linda, a famous cricket videos archive holder posted a compilation of Steve Waugh’s run-outs throughout his career, which showed that the former Australian captain ran his partner out on a record 73 occasions, Warne commented on the video where he wrote that while he doesn’t hate Steve Waugh, the former Australian captain was easily the most selfish cricketer in history, someone who only played for his stats.
“For the record AGAIN & I’ve said this 1000 times – I do not hate S Waugh at all. FYI – I picked him in my all time best Australian team recently. Steve was easily the most selfish cricketer that I ever played with and this stat…….” Shane Warne tweeted.
For the record AGAIN & I’ve said this 1000 times – I do not hate S Waugh at all. FYI – I picked him in my all time best Australian team recently. Steve was easily the most selfish cricketer that I ever played with and this stat……. https://t.co/QMigV788L7
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) May 15, 2020
“His comments are a reflection of himself”- Steve Waugh on Shane Warne’s ‘selfish’ comments
Steve Waugh has now commented on Warne’s tweet, saying that legendary leg-spinners’ comments are a reflection of himself, and it has nothing to do with him.
“People keep saying it’s a feud. But to me, a feud’s between two people. I’ve never brought into it, so it’s just one person,” Steve Waugh told Nine papers.
He added:“His comments are a reflection of himself, nothing to do with me. That’s all I’d say.”
This is not the first time that Shane Warne has launched a verbal attack on his former captain. Back in 2018, Warne had written in his autobiography that Steve Waugh was the most selfish player he’d ever played with, someone whose only worry was about averaging above 50.
“Steve Waugh was the most selfish player I ever played with and was only worried about averaging 50,” Shane Warne had said in his book.
Warne had also ridiculed Waugh for his love for the ‘Baggy Green’, saying that his proposal of wearing the coveted Australian cap at the Wimbledon had left him embarrassed.