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Shane Warne v Steve Waugh – how a stats piece reignited 21-year-old grudge

Very last 7 days ESPNcricinfo posted a stats piece about operate-outs, with the top rated figure currently being that Steve Waugh experienced been associated in the most of any participant during an global vocation – and that on seventy three instances it was his associate who finished up strolling back.

There ended up a host of other fascinating nuggets, but this is the 1 that caught the attention. And it reignited a 21-year-outdated grudge.

Following some encouragement by means of social media, Rob Moody, who has been a saviour to lots of cricket admirers during the Covid-19 lockdown, was persuaded to edit together a online video of the seventy three periods Waugh’s associate was operate-out. Following 24 hours of operate, he obtained the the vast majority of them in an hour-very long compilation. A good bit of a pleasurable written content (which also confirmed lots of of the operate-outs ended up rarely shockers).

And then items actually took off.

Shane Warne discovered the stat and Moody’s operate, and could not aid but remark.

“Wow! So S Waugh was associated in the most ever operate outs in take a look at cricket (104) & ran his associate out seventy three periods – is that proper? Mmmmmmmmm”, Warne tweeted.

He then he extra: “For the history Again & I have claimed this 1000 periods – I do not dislike S Waugh at all. FYI – I picked him in my all time best Australian team a short while ago. Steve was quickly the most selfish cricketer that I ever performed with and this stat…….”

Waugh the most selfish cricketer? This goes back a very long way, to 1999 in actuality when Waugh dropped Warne for the final Examination of the sequence towards West Indies in the Caribbean. Australia ended up 2-one down, Warne experienced endured a weak sequence – figures of 2 for 268 as Brian Lara dominated – and he was left out in favour of Stuart MacGill and Colin Miller. Australia received the match to degree the sequence and retain the Frank Worrall Trophy, but Warne under no circumstances moved on.

“I lost a bit of regard for him right after that. I consider he really should have backed me – as I constantly consider the artwork of captaincy is to guidance your players and back them each time,” he wrote in his autobiography. “This gains the regard from the players and makes them enjoy for you. He did not, it can be background, but I under no circumstances observed it easy with him right after that.”

Warne’s hottest reaction sparked investigation and remark. Waugh, himself, gave a short reaction to the Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

“Persons preserve stating it can be a feud,” Waugh claimed. “But to me, a feud’s among two people. I have under no circumstances introduced into it, so it can be just 1 particular person.

“His feedback are a reflection of himself, nothing to do with me. That is all I would say.”

Warne has confirmed he is preparing a convey to-all documentary about his daily life. Question if we’ll listen to this story again?