'You fat p***k': England great's epic blow-up at Shane Warne

Andrew Reid
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Shane Warne, pictured here celebrating after dismissing Nasser Hussain.
Shane Warne celebrates after dismissing Nasser Hussain. Image: Getty

Former England captain Nasser Hussain may regard Shane Warne as "the greatest bowler there’s ever been" but he hasn't always held Australia's Spin King in such high regard.

As key cogs for their respective nations during their playing days, Hussein and Warne engaged in plenty of fierce battles out on the cricket pitch.

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Like most rivalries between England and Australia, it was spiteful at times.

Speaking on a Sky Sports vodcast in the UK, the pair revealed one such occasion when the former England captain cracked it after finding himself on the receiving end of one of Warne's notorious sprays.

The shows host Ian Ward brought up a famous stumping of Hussain when Warne was bowling at him during an ODI in Australia.

It was a moment that proved to be a turning point in the match as England went from likely winners to eventual losers.

Hussain and Warne have recalled how the battle out in the middle was just as much a mental one, as it was physical.

“Some of this story is true and some of it isn’t,” Hussain warned, only for Warne to interject.

“Nasser, this is word-for-word true and you know it,” he began.

“Steve Waugh was injured and I was vice-captain, Nasser was captain for England.

“We were playing a one-dayer in Sydney and England were cruising. It got basically 10 overs to go and England needed around 50 or 60 to win, with seven wickets in hand.

“So I’d saved myself and [Glenn] McGrath for a couple of overs in case we could get a wicket and then get us both on to see if we could get two or three wickets in a row to get us back in the game.

“But it wasn’t happening.

“I thought the only way we are going to win this game is if we take a wicket. So I’m going to bring myself and McGrath back and I’m going to start sledging Nass to see if I can upset him and then I’ll come on the other end straight away.

“I started getting into him saying ‘I know you’re going to stuff this up. I know you’re going to get out. Don’t let your team down this time’.

“So I come onto bowl, bowl the first couple and suddenly you see Nass just run down and he wanted to hit me for 12 – not six – he wanted 12.

“But he missed and got out. Stumped.

“But when I started having a go at Nass he turned to me and said: ‘Listen you fat p****, you’re not going to captain ever again so make the most of this one!”

Shane Warne and Nasser Hussain, pictured here at the cricket.
Shane Warne and Nasser Hussain. Image: Getty

‘The greatest bowler there’s ever been’

Hussain may have got the last word but Warne definitely got the last laugh as Australia went on to claim an unlikely victory.

Time has certainly mellowed both men and having shared many a commentary box, they both share a healthy level of respect for one another as well.

In fact, when asked what it was like playing against Warne and his Aussie teammates, Hussain paid the leg spin legend the ultimate compliment.

“It was absolutely brilliant,” he said. “I have to be honest. I get asked often now, wouldn’t you like to be playing in the present era with some of the bowlers around?

“No way. I can tell my kids, my grandkids, that I played against Shane Warne – the greatest.

“I don’t like bigging him up – I don’t think you have to big up Shane Warne, actually. But I played against the greatest bowler there’s ever been. The stats might tell you someone else, but for me the greatest ever bowler was Shane Warne.