Legendary Australia spinner Shane Warne on Friday (May 15) accused his once captain and teammate Steve Waugh as the "most selfish cricketer" he ever played with.
Warne's remark came after a cricket fan posted a video on Twitter, highlighting that Waugh was involved in 104 run outs during his international career and his batting partner was the victim on 73 occasions.
Replying to the tweet, Warne wrote: "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......."
The relationship between Shane Warne and Steve Waugh has never been good. In his autography, No Spin, the former leg-spinner has opened up on his not so pleasant experiences with the 1999 World-Cup winning captain.
"He became a completely different person when he took over as captain, It wasn't that he dropped me. I have no issue about being dropped if I'm not performing; if you don't perform, out you go. But there was more to it than my performances - I think it was jealousy."
"He started to niggle away, telling me to look at my diet and spend more time on deciding what sort of person I wanted to be in my life, how to conduct myself - that sort of stuff. I said, 'Mate - worry about yourself.'" Warne narrated in his 2018-released book, recalling his exclusion from the playing XI for the fourth Test on the 1999 tour of West Indies.
Waugh, for his part, has always maintained that he does not feel the need to respond to events that have happened two decades ago.