'Shut up' - Former Australian cricketer Chadd Sayers slams Shane Warne for criticising 'own players'

Warne had recently questioned Mitchell Starc's place in the Australian side, while he also criticised Usman Khawaja.

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Manoj Kumar
Manoj Kumar

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Shane Warne has always been a man of controversies and his statement and views of the players can sometimes backfire on social media. One of those views in which, the legendary spinner wanted Mitchell Starc out of the playing XI as he felt the left-arm quick hasn’t been at his best while opting to see Jhye Richardson. This statement wasn’t welcomed in the right way as Starc is the leading wicket-taker in the series with 14 scalps in 3 Tests at an average of 19.92.

The recent statement on Usman Khawaja had also steered up against Warne as he questioned the left-hand batter’s selection ahead of all-rounder Mitchell Marsh. Khawaja proved his worth in the side with an excellent Test hundred at SCG in his comeback game and now, former Australian cricketer Chadd Sayers took a dig at Warne on Twitter. Sayers played just one Test for the Aussies in 2018 and announced his retirement last year.

Here is what Chadd Sayer tweeted

“Shane Warne keeps bagging his own Aussie players. Went hard at Starc – Wrong and now Uzzie – wrong #shutup” Chadd Sayers tweeted on Twitter. It will be interesting to see if Warne comes up with a reply for this as he likes to take on the challenge usually. The leggie is considered to be one of the all-time greatest spinners and is second in the list of most number of Test wickets until now.

Usman Khawaja’s magnificent century earlier in the day dictated terms for the fourth Test and has now left the hosts in an excellent position. Khawaja came into the lineup as a replacement for Travis Head who tested positive for Covid-19 and has straightaway left his presence felt now. Australia could have a good headache ahead of the next Test when Head becomes available for selection.

Australia declared their first innings at 416 for the loss of 8 wickets nearing the end of the second day’s play. England in their first innings will resume day three at 13 for no loss with just 5 overs bowled. The hosts have already sealed the five-match Test series 3-0, but there is still plenty of action to be unfolded.