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Shane Warne gets facts wrong in Instagram sledge towards England coach

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The fine line between sledging and banter is due to be negotiated as the Ashes gets into full swing later this month.

So, who better than Shane Warne to ramp it up?

The former Australian leg-spinner kicked things off with a social media comment aimed at member of England’s coaching staff Paul Collingwood with a jibe harking back to 2005.

Stuart Broad shared a picture of himself training in Perth with Paul Collingwood on Instagram, and the Aussie commentator pounced on it, spotting his chance to troll the former batsman.

“What is Colly doing as coach? Carrying the bags? Hahahaha #MBE for 0 & 7,” said Warne.

Warne’s ‘banter’ refers to Collingwood’s only appearance in England’s 2005 Ashes series victory over Australia.

After the series, captain Michael Vaughan was awarded an OBE, while his team were each given the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).

This included Collingwood, who played only in one of the five Tests: the drawn fifth Test at the Oval.

He hit 7 (an LBW to Shaun Tait) and 10 caught off the bowling of Warne.

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Warne was quickly corrected by Broad’s followers - Collingwood actually scored 17 in the series-sealing match, yet the Aussie legend claimed he only scored seven.

Geoffrey Boycott criticised the entire team for being honoured after the series.

"For 18 years, England haven't won ... Australia have been beating England every two years home or away.

"Suddenly, when England win, all hell breaks loose. They all get gongs at the palace. It just shows how foolish it was when they come out here two years later and are absolutely annihilated.

"I scored 8,000 runs and played a hundred Tests before I got one (an OBE) and what did he score? 17 runs? And the others played five Tests to get one? I feel so bad about mine I'm going to tie it around my cat. It's a joke.

"Andrew Flintoff, who's a super player, Marcus Trescothick who's played a lot of Tests and done well, Michael Vaughan as the winning captain. But every Tom, Dick or Harry?"

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