‘Steve Waugh the most self­ish cricketer I played with’

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Cricket great Shane Warne has blasted for­mer Aus­tralian cap­tain Steve Waugh as "the most self­ish cricketer I've played with" as a long-run­ning feud be­tween the pair showed no sign of end­ing. The ex-team­mates fell out years ago with Warne still hold­ing a grudge af­ter Waugh played a part in his ax­ing on the 1999 tour of the West Indies.

"There's a lot of rea­sons I don't like Steve Waugh ... be­cause he's the most self­ish cricketer I've played with," Warne says on an episode of TV show "I'm a Celebrity. Get Me Out of Here", screen­ing Tues­day evening. The leg-spin­ner said the man­ner in which Waugh, his then cap­tain, told him he had been dropped was still vivid in his mem­ory. "One thing that re­ally an­noyed me about him was the one Test I got dropped, in the West Indies. We had to win the last Test match to win the tro­phy," he said on the re­al­ity show, in which he is a con­tes­tant. "At that stage, cap­tain (Waugh), vice-cap­tain (Warne) and coach (Ge­off Marsh) used to pick the team.

"We went to se­lec­tion. I hadn't bowled well, we'd lost, Brian Lara bat­ted un­real, but I felt like I was be­ing the scape­goat, that be­cause I didn't bowl well it was my fault. "We got to the se­lec­tion ta­ble and said, 'OK, 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 Steve Waugh said 'Nope, I'm the cap­tain of this side ... you're not play­ing'.

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