Shane Warne is a hard man to please.
What he said:
“He has to change his body language, it needs to be stronger – he looks a bit soft. He needs to puff his chest out a bit, look harder.”
Shane Warne stirred up a storm with his criticism of Mitchell Starc in the second Test at Brisbane against India.
The former Australian leg-spinner and all-time great was commentating for Nine Network.
Darren Lehmann was among those to react.
“Soft. He used those words? That’s very harsh…I will take it up with Shane myself.”
Starc’s girlfriend Australian women’s cricketer Alyssa Healy was quick to come to his defence on Twitter.
Shane Warne, forced to back-pedal, responded on Twitter:
Starc appeared to respond positively to the brouhaha scoring a fifty in Australia’s batting essay and cleaning out first innings centurion Murali Vijay for 27.
What Warne really meant:
“Fast bowlers are meant to intimidate the opposition, look them in the eye and stare them down. That’s the body language I’m referring to. I was able to do that and I was no pacer!”
What he definitely didn’t:
“Cricket used to be a gentleman’s game. What has the world come to?”
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