Shane Warne rekindled his old feud with Steve Waugh by revealing in a new book that he felt "totally disappointed" by the then captain of Australia when he fell out of the XI while playing in the fourth Test against the West Indies in 1999. He also described his Former Australian captain as "the most selfish player I played with, and I was only worried about averaging 50".
On the way to the Caribbean, Waugh had just been named test captain with Warne as vice captain, and Australia had started the series by pitching to the West Indies for 51 to win the first Test for 312 races. However, Brian Lara made two of the best centuries of his career, 213 in the second test and 153 not in the third, when the West Indies left. The home team was winning 2-1 in the final test in Antigua, and Warne's returns in the first three trials were two poor plots at 134.00.
"All that cult to loose green – some of the guys were with is like Lang [ Justin Langer] Haydos [Matthew Hayden] and Gilly [Adam Gilchrist] but it was not for me," wrote Warne. "They loved it, but to be honest, it made me want to throw up with it half the time, I mean use it at Wimbledon, who wore a green cricket cap for Wimbledon, it was shameful, Mark Waugh felt the same. I need a loose green to show what playing for Australia means to me or to the people who look at us. "
In an excerpt from his book published in The Times Warne describes the selection meeting before the final Test.
"I was quite ordinary vice-captain and bowler and Tugga [Waugh] opened the selection meeting between us two and Geoff Marsh, the coach, saying: 'Warney, I do not think you should play this next test. & # 39;
"Silence. Er, right, I said. & # 39; Why? & # 39; "I do not think you're playing very well, friend." & # 39; Yes … fair, & # 39; I admitted. "My shoulder [after surgery] is taking longer than I thought, but now it's close, the sensation comes back slowly and then the rhythm will come, my friend, I'm not worried".
Marsh agreed with Warne, but Waugh remained in his arms, which led to a dead end. Allan Border, a selector at the time who was out of service, but there in Antigua, he was asked for his opinions. Warne writes that Border supported him, saying: "Jesus Christ, I support Warney all the time, the situation is made for him, anyway, we owe it to him, think about what he has done for Australian cricket. "
However, Warne wrote that Waugh once again asserted his authority as captain: "No, I appreciate your thoughts, AB, but Warney is not playing, I'm going with my instinct here, I'm sorry guys."
Australia won the Test to square the series, but Warne was disappointed. "Disappointed is not a strong enough word." When the critical moment came, Tugga did not support me, and I was so disappointed by someone I had supported. in a big way and that he was also a good friend, "Warne wrote, adding that he did not take care of eliminating the team well." I behaved badly, to be honest, I was not so supportive with the team, which I regret.
"Looking back, this was probably a combination of the shoulder problem that still devoured me and the pure anger that bubbled from Steve's lack of confidence. Three Tests, on several occasions some of the bowlers came up to me, grumbling about the Tugga captaincy and field placements and things. I said that I was supporting him until the end and that if they had a problem with the captain they should go see him directly. because of this, I was deeply disappointed that he did not back me up. "
Immediately after the West Indies tour, Australia left to England for the 1999 World Cup where, after starting slowly, they burst into the title with Waugh and Warne playing key roles, however, later in the year, when Australia went to Sri Lanka, Warne writes of another After the first match, Waugh had collided with Jason Gillespie on the field, leaving both men with unpleasant injuries, however, Waugh insisted that he would play in the second Test, while Warne held the opposite opinion. "I was being honest and looking for a bit of revenge. He had not backed me up and now I was not going to back him up, "Warne writes about the argument, which he eventually lost when Marsh joined Waugh.
Warne says he" never found it easy "with Waugh after the West Indies and Sri Lanka , although they had started as good friends, with Waugh present at Warne's wedding and even almost convincing the leg runner to play cricket club for Bankstown in Sydney, with a view to joining the New South Wales team.
"He became a completely different person when he took over as captain … It was not that he left me. I have no problem that you give up if I'm not acting, if you do not act, go. But there was more to that than my performances, I think it was jealousy. He started to get away, telling me to look at my diet and spend more time deciding what kind of person I wanted to be in my life, how to behave, that kind of thing. I said, partner – Worry about yourself. "