'Easily the most selfish cricketer' - Shane Warne reacts to run out stats of Steve Waugh's career

‘Easily the most selfish cricketer’ – Shane Warne reacts to run out stats of Steve Waugh’s career

In a recent tweet depicting run out stats of Steve Waugh, it was noticed that he was involved in 104 run outs in his international career.

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Shane Warne. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

The bitterness between Shane Warne and Steve Waugh is not a secret. Warne, in his book — The Spin– lashed out at the former Australian skipper for being the most selfish player that he has ever played with. The leg-spinner also added that Waugh was so selfish that he only cared about his average being 50.

Warne, in his book, made many allegations against Waugh and questioned his behaviour after he took over the captaincy. According to Warne, Waugh’s attitude completely changed after he donned the skipper‘s hat and he became a completely different person. Warne was highly upset with Waugh after the latter dropped the leg-spinner for the fourth Test of the West Indies tour in 1999.

Warne was the vice-captain when he was dropped and the Aussie veteran also opened up about how things went in the team meeting at that point.

Writing on the selection meeting before the fourth and final Test, Warne wrote– “I was the vice-captain and bowling pretty ordinary and Tugga (Waugh) opened the selection meeting between the two of us and Geoff Marsh, the coach, by saying: Warney, I don’t think you should play this next Test.”

Warne recently included Steve Waugh in his all-time best Australia XI

Warne also made many other revelations in his book and stated that Waugh started interfering in the leg-spinner’s lifestyle. And, post the West Indies series, things were never the game against between both the Aussie stalwarts.

However, Warne recently surprised everyone by picking Waugh in his all-time best Australian squad. Warne, while justifying his decision, opened up that he does not hate Waugh. But according to the spin maestro, Waugh was easily the most selfish cricketer that he played with.

In a recent tweet depicting run out stats of Steve Waugh, it was noticed that he was involved in 104 run outs in his international career. Among those 104 run out incidents, Waugh’s batting partners were the victims on 73 occasions.

Reflecting on Waugh’s stat, Warne wrote: “For the record AGAIN & 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.”