Steve Waugh's perfect response to latest Shane Warne swipe

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·4-min read
Shane Warne and Steve Waugh, pictured here during a one-day international at the MCG.
Shane Warne and Steve Waugh celebrate a wicket during a one-day international at the MCG. (Image: Nick Wilson/Getty Images)

He was known as the ‘ice man’ throughout his storied cricket career, and Steve Waugh’s response to Shane Warne’s latest jab is pretty ice-cold.

Warne and Waugh haven’t seen eye-to-eye for a number of years, and Warnie poured fuel on the fire over the weekend.

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Warne re-iterated his beliefs that Waugh was the ‘most selfish’ player he’d ever played with after a video compilation went viral showing all of the 104 runouts Waugh was involved in during his international career.

A staggering 73 of the world record 104 runouts actually involved Waugh’s batting partner being dismissed, which Warne felt vindicated his claims.

“Wow! So Waugh was involved in the most ever run outs in Test cricket (104) and ran his partner out 73 times – is that correct? Mmmmmmmmm,” Warne wrote Twitter.

“For the record again and 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 …”

In response, Waugh offered very little while also saying quite a lot.

“People keep saying it’s a feud,” Waugh told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“But to me, a feud’s between two people. I’ve never bought into it, so it’s just one person.

“His comments are a reflection of himself, nothing to do with me. That’s all I’d say.”

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Warne first labelled Waugh ‘selfish’ in his 2018 autobiography, holding onto a grudge about being dropped by his former captain during a tour of the West Indies in 1999.

“Disappointed is not a strong enough word. When the crunch came Tugga didn’t support me, and I felt so totally let down by someone who I had supported big time and was also a good friend,” Warne said.

“I conducted myself badly, to be honest. I wasn’t that supportive of the team, which I regret.

“Looking back, this was probably a combination of the shoulder issue still eating away at me and the pure anger bubbling inside at Steve’s lack of trust.

“During the first three Tests, at various times some of the bowlers came to me, grumbling about Tugga’s captaincy and field placements and stuff.

Shane Warne and Steve Waugh, pictured here during a Test match in 1999.
Shane Warne and Steve Waugh look on during a Test match in 1999. (Image: Jack Atley/ALLSPORT)

“I said I was backing him to the hilt and if they had a problem with the captain they should go see him direct. Perhaps because of this, I was deeply disappointed that he didn’t back me in return.”

Warne has also slammed Waugh a number of times over his ‘sickening’ and ‘ridiculous’ obsession with the Baggy Green, which Warne famously refused to wear on a team outing to watch Pat Rafter in the 2001 Wimbledon final.

“I didn’t need to wear it to bloody Wimbledon, which was just sickening, that they’d wear it to Wimbledon,” Warne said recently.

“I actually refused, myself and Mark Waugh refused, but some of those other guys, yeah, they wore it.

“Sitting at Wimbledon in your green Baggy Green cap, come on mate, please. That was embarrassing.”