'How did I come into it': Shane Warne dragged into bizarre on-field controversy

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

Shane Warne was stunned to hear his name used on the field while in commentary during day four of the third Test between Australia and New Zealand.

Kiwi bowler Neil Wagner drew the ire of umpire Marais Erasmus with his continued leg-side bowling to David Warner.

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Wagner has used the tactic to dismiss Steve Smith a number of times throughout the series, but it got a little out of hand on Monday.

After one ball to Warner that was so far down the leg-side the Aussie opener had no chance of hitting it, Erasmus was forced to issue a warning.

David Warner wanted to know why it wasn't a wide. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Warne, who was critical of Erasmus for not calling a wide, was then left stunned when he heard Wagner drag him into the controversy.

"It wasn’t intentional, it was my mistake. I’m sorry," Wagner could be heard telling Erasmus and Warner.

"Shane Warne used to bowl into the rough out there."

Warnie replied: "And I didn’t have eight fielders on the one side, mate.”

"I only had a couple. How did I come into it? Just blame me. I had a lot to do with it, Neil."

David Warner wasn't happy about Neil Wagner's tactics. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Nathan Lyon close to career-best summer

Nathan Lyon is closing in on a career-best home summer, having already ticked off a major milestone during the third trans-Tasman Test.

Lyon snared 5-68 at the SCG on Sunday, his first five-wicket haul at the venue but also his first five-wicket haul against New Zealand.

Australia's most prolific offspinner has now claimed a five-for against all eight Test teams he has faced.

"I wasn't aware of that. That's quite special but I won't look at those things until I retire," Lyon said.

"I've still got a lot of cricket to give and a lot of cricket to learn about ... I want to try to get better each day."

The tweaker requires four more scalps at the SCG to make it his most prolific home summer ever, surpassing the 25 wickets he snagged from six Tests in 2018-19.

"I'm very fortunate to be part of the best bowling attack in the world. It's about building pressure from both ends," Lyon said.

"It's going to be a good challenge for us over the next couple of days, it's exciting (aiming to make it five wins from five Tests).

"To go 3-0 up against the No.2 side in the world, it's a big carrot.

"We'll make sure our plans are clear and ready to go for when we have to bowl, whenever that might be."

with AAP