Former Australian skipper, Steve Waugh refuses to entertain a jibe by jilted ex-teammate Shane Warne saying he will let it go through to the keeper.
The crux of the story is that Australia’s highest wicket-taker Warne has never been able to accept that he was snubbed for the Australian captaincy and also was dropped for the final Test match of the 1999 Caribbean tour by the then captain Steve Waugh.
Recently, Warne came out hard on Waugh in his guest appearance on Channel 10’s I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, terming his ex-skipper as “the most selfish cricketer I’ve played with”.
“I will let that one through to the keeper,” Waugh replied.
“I don’t want to justify it with a reaction.”
Meanwhile, Geoff Marsh, who was Australia’s coach in 1999 when Waugh broke the news to Warne that he had been dropped, said, “It’s sad when they’ve had so much success together.”
Earlier, Warne created controversy by labelling Waugh as ‘Selfish.’
“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 a visibly disheartened Warne.