Shane Warne has lashed out at Matt Prior after the former England Test star publicly rejoiced in Nathan Lyon’s heartache.
Lyon had the Ashes on his fingertips when a horrible mix-up between Ben Stokes and Jack Leach handed the Aussies a relatively simple runout chance late in the dramatic third Test at Headingley.
However Lyon fumbled the ball and couldn’t complete the runout that would have meant Australia retained the Ashes.
Amid Lyon’s devastation, Prior couldn’t contain his excitement.
The former Test star took to Twitter, posting ‘Nathan Lyon’ alongside a wide-eyes emoji and the hashtags #mothercricket and #sleepwell.
That tweet didn’t sit well with Warne, who has now fired back.
“Just because Lyon knocked you over for fun, there’s still no need for that kind of silly and immature behaviour,” Warne tweeted in response.
“Grow up, and enough of those stupid comments. Let’s celebrate the wonderful game of test cricket & the Ashes please !”
Excuse me? Just because Lyon knocked you over for fun, there’s still no need for that kind of silly and immature behaviour. Grow up, and enough of those stupid comments. Let’s celebrate the wonderful game of test cricket & the Ashes please ! https://t.co/lxaLjISJzY— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) August 26, 2019
Warne also took aim at former England cricketer Chris Adams, who supported Prior’s comments.
Chris, you were nothing but a club cricketer ! So don’t even bore us with your dribble as no one is interested or cares in what you have to say ! Pipe down..... https://t.co/eVKUeGqcuu— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) August 26, 2019
Prior then fired back, saying the Aussies had ‘short memories’ after Lyon publicly savaged Prior back in 2013.
Now it’s silly, immature and childish? Jeez you guys have short memories! I don’t think you can pick and choose when to hide behind “it’s just banter” and then decide it’s now childish and immature. Anyway as you say moving on...— Matt Prior (@MattPrior13) August 26, 2019
Not worried about him knocking me over mate and agree it was a fantastic game of cricket but comments made were always going to bite back as we all know... pic.twitter.com/ICOhRXOOyO— Matt Prior (@MattPrior13) August 26, 2019
Why Prior lashed Lyon
Prior and Lyon have history and the Englishman might still be fuming about comments from the Aussie in 2017.
Lyon said Prior was “scared” throughout the 2013/14 Ashes series in Australia, which Prior left prematurely due to stress-related issues.
“It was an unbelievable feeling knowing that they were broken,” Lyon said.
“Leading into Perth we knew that they were, we knew Matt Prior wanted to fly home before the game started and he was one of the senior players.
“He was scared. It’s four years ago. I think he’s all right now.”
Prior was seething over the remarks.
“Last time someone spouted a whole load of BS about me I stayed quiet not this time,” he tweeted at the time.
“To be clear I may have been playing badly fair enough but there was no way I was getting on a plane home.
“You’ve embarrassed yourself @NathLyon421 & this game has a funny way of biting back.”
Last time someone spouted a whole load of BS about me I stayed quiet not this time.To be clear I may have been playing badly fair enough but there was no way I was getting on a plane home. You’ve embarrassed yourself @NathLyon421 & this game has a funny way of biting back.— Matt Prior (@MattPrior13) November 21, 2017
England greats weigh in
Stuart Broad also weighed in, referencing the treatment he’s routinely copped in Australia.
“My stick was pretty tasty, called upon by Australians, for not walking, when I can’t think of many genuine walking Aussies? 22 players in back to back Ashes series nicked it & didn’t walk,” he wrote on Twitter.
However former captain Michael Vaughan said there was “no need” for Prior’s comments.
But Daily Mail writer Paul Newman disagreed, saying Lyon deserved everything he was receiving.