STEVE Waugh says Shane Warne’s spiteful comments against him are “disappointing”.
Having previously chosen not to respond to Warne’s quip that the former Test captain is the “most selfish” cricketer he played with, Waugh on Thursday provided a brief insight into his true reaction to the Spin King’s renewed animosity.
Warne made headlines after his outburst on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!saying, “There’s a lot of reasons I don’t like Steve Waugh.”
In an interview with Adelaide’s Mix 102.3, Waugh again attempted to put the episode behind him.
“There’s a lot more important things happening in my life than responding to comments like that,” Waugh said.
“I guess it’s disappointing, but I’ve moved on from it pretty quickly and I’ll let that one go through to the keeper.”
Warne has never reconciled being snubbed for the Australian captaincy or being dropped for the final Test of the 1999 Caribbean tour by Waugh.
“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,” Warne said on the Channel 10 program.
“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, ‘Nup, I’m the captain of this side … you’re not playing.’
“I was really disappointed with that. After 10 years, I’d just had a shoulder operation, I thought the situation, of having to win a Test match, would’ve brought the best out in me too.
“I don’t like Steve Waugh for a lot of other reasons, but that was the reason.”
Meanwhile, Waugh says he doesn’t want his 15-year-old son Austin to focus too intensely on cricket, despite making headlines for a series of strong performances for the Cricket Australia XI at last year’s Under 17 National Championships in Brisbane.
“I just try and be a normal dad as much as I can,” Waugh said.
“Like most teenage sons they don’t listen to their dad. He’s a good kid. He’s keen and he enjoys the game. That’s the main thing. I think at that age in your teenage years, you don’t want to take it too seriously just yet. He obviously has a bit of promise. I let him be his own man and he plays his own way, which is great.”
Waugh was speaking ahead of the annual Waugh in the West Twenty20 all-star cricket match to be played at St Clair Oval in Adelaide on Friday night.
The event will also raise money for the Steve Waugh Foundation, which works to improve the quality of life for Australian children and families affected by rare diseases.