Australian legend Shane Warne has lashed out at Steve Waugh and suggested he is the most "selfish cricketer" he has ever played with. The former spinner made the statement during the Australian version of the reality television show, I'm A celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! In the show, Warne recounts one episode that made him dislike Waugh so much.
The Frank Worrell trophy in 1999 saw Brian Lara at arguably his best, teasing the Australian bowlers as West Indies eventually won the series 2-1. Warne felt the manner in which he was dropped from the test team after their loss still rankled with him.
Warne, who was coming off a layoff after undergoing a shoulder injury, was not at his best with the team management, preferring to go with Stuart MacGill as the premier spinner.
"There's a lot of reasons I don't like Steve Waugh, a lot of reasons, because he is the most selfish cricketer I've played with,'' Warne said as quoted by The Guardian.
"One thing that really annoyed me about him was the one test that I got dropped, in the West Indies, was we had to win the last test match to win the (Frank Worrell) trophy.
"At that stage, captain, vice-captain, and the coach used to pick the team. We went to selection, I hadn't bowled well, we had lost — Brian Lara batted unreal, but I was being the scapegoat, because I did not bowl well it was my fault."
"We got to the selection table and said 'What's everyone's thoughts? Steve Waugh said 'You're not playing'. I went 'What? Hang on. What do you think the team should be? Blah blah blah, and Waugh said 'Nuh, I'm the captain of this side.. you're not playing.'
"I was really disappointed with that after 10 years. I just had the shoulder op, I thought about the situation... would've brought the best out in me too," he concluded.
This is not the first time that Shane Warne has spoken against former team-mates. He had also famously fallen out with Adam Gilchrist, with reports indicating that the pair could not see eye to eye.