Outspoken Australian spin wizard Shane Warne was in the thick of things once again. The legendary spinner has ignited controversy yet again by branding Australia’s greatest ever test captain Steve Waugh as “selfish”. In his recent interview in Melbourne, Warne spoke freely about his turbulent relationship with Steve Waugh, who led Warne for a majority of his career.
It is well known that Warne and Waugh had their issues in the past and did not get along well in each other’s company. Warne stated that Waugh’s decision to axe him from the fifth test against the West Indies in 1999 was simply dubious. Warne also went on to admit that he disliked Waugh due to major issues between them.
“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. “One thing that really annoyed me about him was the one Test I got dropped, in the West Indies (in 1999), we had to win the last Test match to (retain) the (Frank Worrell) Trophy. At that stage, captain (Waugh), vice-captain (me), coach (Geoff Marsh) used to pick the team. “We went to selection. I hadn’t bowled well and we had lost – Brian Lara batted unreal – but I felt like I was being the scapegoat, that because I didn’t bowl well it was my fault.
“We got to the selection table and said ‘What’s everyone’s thoughts?’. Steve Waugh said to me ‘You’re not playing’. I went ‘What? Hang on. What do you think the team should be? Blah blah blah’, and Steve Waugh said ‘Nup, I’m the captain of this side … you’re not playing’. “I was really disappointed with that 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,” said Warne.