Former Australian pacer Ryan Harris admitted that he was taken aback, and disappointed by veteran spinner Shane Warne’s remarks over former great Steve Waugh. Warne had recently hogged the limelight by slamming Steve Waugh explosively and going on to the extent of calling him as “the most selfish cricketer he had ever seen”. Warne’s remarks had not gone down too well within the cricketing fraternity and Harris too felt the same.
“There’s a lot of reasons I don’t like Steve Waugh. One of them because he’s the most selfish cricketer I’ve played with,” Warne said. “I was really disappointed with being dropped after almost 10 years. I’d just had a shoulder operation. I thought the situation of having to win a Test match would’ve brought the best out in me too. “I don’t like Steve Waugh for a lot of other reasons, but that was the reason I thought there was no way that relationship would recover,” Warne had said about Waugh on a celebrity talk show recently.
Harris said that he would refrain from speaking out against the greats of the game. “Warnie’s in a position where he can voice his opinion all the time – and he does,” Harris said. “I agree or disagree at times with what Warnie says – that’s what he does and that’s what makes him unique. “I’m just not one for coming out and slaying our greats. I see Steve Waugh as a great of the Baggy Green. “And what he’s started wearing the Baggy Green for the first hour of a Test match.”
“I just wish everyone would get along,” Harris said. “We’re all teammates, we’re all brothers. “People have disagreements but it’s just disappointing. “That’s Warnie and he has his opinion. I’ve noticed Steve Waugh hasn’t hit back or bitten back and that’s exactly how Steve Waugh is as a person – calm and flicks off his shoulder and moves on with life,” Harris concluded.