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As Shane Warne and Steve Waugh proceed to commerce barbs over their frosty relationship, Shane Lee has revealed how the previous Australia captain joked that the ex-Australia leg-spinner was like “the child at college with no mates” within the dressing room through the 1996 World Cup. Lee, who was chosen in Australia’s World Cup squad as a 23-year-old, defined how Warne was extraordinarily heat to him earlier than Waugh, who wasn’t the captain of the facet, pulled him apart and provided a suggestion.
“I keep in mind the ’96 World Cup. I used to be chosen as a 23-year-old all-rounder. And Warney was very nice and took me in. He mentioned, ‘It’s going to be the Shane present, you and me, the Shane present’.” Lee, the older brother of Brett Lee, mentioned on the Betoota Advocate podcast.
“Steve Waugh pulled me apart and mentioned, ‘The way you going with Warney?’ I mentioned he’s being very nice to me and Waugh mentioned, ‘Do you keep in mind whenever you have been at college and there was a child at college that had no mates and this new child comes to high school and that child with no mates is throughout that new child? You’re that new child and Warney’s the child with no mates.’”
It’s not secret that the 2 cricketers weren’t the perfect of buddies. Warne and Waugh’s strained relationship just lately got here to the highlight once more. Warne referred to as Waugh “probably the most egocentric cricketer” in a tweet earlier than the previous captain fired again a number of days later, saying the previous leg-spinner’s “feedback are a mirrored image of himself”. Nonetheless, no matter what Waugh has to say about Warne, Lee credited him for having one of many sharpest minds in cricket.
“However Warney, he was the perfect cricketer I ever noticed and performed with,” added Lee, who performed 45 ODIs for Australia between 1995 and 2001. “A freak of a cricketer and a terrific cricket mind.”
Lee weighed in on the relation between Warne and Stuart MacGill, who was thought-about Australia’s second-choice spinner. MacGill could be a useful operator however seldom did Australia play each spinners collectively. MacGill could be included as Warne’s substitute and though he performed simply 44 Checks regardless of his 29.02 common and 54.zero strike price, Lee revealed the 2 had respect for one another.
“They have been chalk and cheese. However I believe there was a mutual respect between them, I believe it actually helped MacGill having Warney in entrance of him. As a result of individuals would at all times say to him, ‘Ah mate you may’ve been something.’ However when MacGill was given the reigns on the finish he imploded with it,” Lee mentioned.