Internet goes bonkers over Twitter user's reply to Shane Warne

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Shane Warne, pictured here speaking to the media at the MCG.
Shane Warne speaks to the media at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2020. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

A Twitter user going by the name of 'Macca' has become the hero of the internet after asking Aussie cricket legend Shane Warne if he "understands how spin works".

Warne took to Twitter on Saturday to question the New Zealand selectors over their XI for the World Test Championship final against India.

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The Kiwis opted for an all-out seam attack and decided not to play spinner Ajaz Patel at the The Ageas Bowl in Southampton despite the entire first day's play being washed out.

Warne - affectionately dubbed the King of Spin by cricket fans - thought the Kiwis had missed a trick by not picking a spinner.

"Very disappointed in Nz not playing a spinner in the #ICCWorldTestChampionship as this wicket is going to spin big with huge foot marks developing already," he tweeted.

"Remember if it seems it will spin. India make anything more than 275/300 the match is over unless weather comes in!"

That's when 'Macca' stepped in.

Seemingly unaware who he was replying to or completely taking the mickey out of the cricket legend, Macca wrote: “Shane do you understand how spin works? 

"The pitch gets dry … this pitch won’t get dry because for the rest of the Test, there is due to be rain.”

Macca's tweet in response to Shane Warne, pictured here on Twitter.
Macca's tweet in response to Shane Warne. Image: Twitter

Macca's tweet immediately went viral, with some slamming him for questioning the King of Spin, while others were impressed by his incredible gall.

The tweet had over 1800 retweets and 1600 likes before Macca deleted it and deactivated their account.

Nevertheless, Indian cricket producer Sarang Bhalerao labelled it the “tweet of the century”, while plenty of others were also amazed.

Former Test batsman Virender Sehwag suggested Warne frame the tweet and "try to understand some spin".

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Kyle Jamieson stars as India collapse on day three

New Zealand's seamers justified the decision to snub a spinner as they skittled India for just 217 on the third day.

The Kiwis reached 2-101 at stumps on Sunday to trail India by just 116 runs, with Kyle Jamieson grabbing a five-wicket haul in an exceptional display of swing bowling.

Jamieson took 5-31 and struck at the start of each of the first two sessions as India lost their last seven wickets for 68 runs.

The 6ft 8in fast bowler landed the key wickets of Virat Kohli (44) and Rishabh Pant (4) during a six-over opening spell with the old ball.

Kyle Jamieson, pictured here celebrating after dismissing Virat Kohli.
Kyle Jamieson celebrates after dismissing Virat Kohli. (Photo by Gareth Copley-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

He returned after lunch and removed Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah off successive deliveries with the second new ball to cap a brilliant 22 overs of swing bowling.

Jamieson paid tribute to his teammates, starting with Williamson and including fellow seamers Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner, who boast a combined 206 appearances.

"It's just been nice to contribute. For me it's been an absolute pleasure coming to this group," he said.

"I've just been able to go about my business, learn off these guys and I guess just ride their coat tails a little bit."

Boult (2-47) wrapped up the innings when Ravindra Jadeja (15) gloved a leg side catch to diving wicketkeeper BJ Watling as the sun briefly came out after inclement weather had disrupted the inaugural final.

Tom Latham and Devon Conway then guided New Zealand to 0-70 before they were both dismissed and bad light ended the evening session early.

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