Steve Waugh has hit back at Shane Warne, after the latter had labelled him as ‘most selfish cricketer I played with’. No doubt that the main reason behind why Shane Warne said that was because Waugh had dropped him for the final Test of the series against West Indies in 1999. No doubt Warne is yet to come out of it and still holds a grudge against Waugh.
Waugh added that this was part of his captaincy job for Australia. He admitted that the decision was not easy but had to be taken. Australia went on to win the match. Waugh also added that it was never easy to tell a player that he has been dropped, not just in the case of Warner but every player he captained.
Waugh issued a short statement explaining why Warne was dropped and his role and duty as an Australian captain. He wrote that he is expected to take tough decisions that helps the team, keeping aside human feelings for an individual.
Waugh also added that during his reign as captain, what he learnt was to be ready to take a bit of risk and follow the gut feeling. The most important need for a captain is that the players respect his decisions. Waugh admitted that the decision to drop Warne has cost him his friendship with Warne.
Earlier Warne, in a reality TV show, had admitted that he was disappointed after he was dropped for the final Test against West Indies because it meant that he was made a scapegoat for Australia’s poor performance in the previous match. Though he added that there are many more reasons on why he didn’t like Waugh, but this is the main one.