Waugh played to maintain his batting average
Legendary leg spinner Shane Warne is known for his blunt behaviour and his controversial statements. He has continued to spur controversies in his autobiography as well in which he calls former Australia skipper Steve Waugh ‘the most selfish player’. The former spinner also mentioned that Waugh played only to maintain his bating average of 50.
Waugh was jealous : Warne
Shane Warne made all these allegations in his autobiography ‘No Spin’. The spinner has wrote that Waugh became a completely different person when he took over as captain.
In 1999, Waugh dropped the spinner from the team for the fourth Test against West Indies. While speaking about that incident, Warne says that it wasn’t that Waugh dropped him. He notes that he has no issue about being dropped if he is not performing, if you don’t perform, out you go.
However according to the former Aussie cricketer there was more to it than his performances and he said that he thinks it was jealousy. Warne remembers that Waugh started to niggle away, telling him to look at his diet and spend more time on deciding what sort of person he wanted to be in his life, how to conduct himself. To this Warne responded by saying, “Mate – worry about yourself.”
Warne says Waugh didn’t support him
The former spin bowler further wrote that when the crunch came Tugga (Waugh) didn’t support him, and he felt so totally let down by someone who he had supported big time and was also a good friend. He also remarks that for that incident, ‘disappointed’ is not a strong enough word.
At the same time, Warne admits that he conducted himself badly, to be honest. He also adds that he wasn’t that supportive of the team, which he regrets.