If anyone has the right to criticise Australian cricketers and have their comments accepted, it would probably come from Shane Warne.
The legend of Australian cricket did exactly that to a certain Mitchell Starc after the first Test against India which the tourists won. However, his criticism hasn't been received well by the bowler who has now hit back at Warne.
The Australian pacer was condemned by Warne who said, on commentary, that his efforts with the second new ball were “atrocious” and “the worst I have seen him bowl.”
Over the last few years, Starc has established himself as one of Australia's first choice bowlers and shrugged off Warne's comments.
"I still don’t know what he said," Starc said, according to Wisden.
“I’ve been told about it but, if I keep listening to Warnie, I may as well retire. I’ll just keep going about my stuff, as I have done over the week.”
Reb-ball skipper, Tim Paine also dismissed Warne’s comments and suggested that they were utterly unjustified.
“I think the criticism he’s come under this week has been pretty unfair, to be honest,” said Paine.
And the captain has put the bowler's inconsistencies down to the decision to swing the ball at the Adelaide Oval.
“He swung the ball in Adelaide, which he didn’t do in the UAE,” he affirmed.
Whilst Starc seemed to want to talk little about the subject, Paine said that his teammate can often take criticism poorly. An attribute that, in turn, usually makes him play better.
“One thing I know about Starcy is when he cops a bit of criticism, normally he takes it pretty personally and that sometimes gets the best out of him.”
This proved to the case once again as Starc, yet again, showed why he is such a pivotal player in this Australian team. In the second Test in Perth, he claimed two top-order Indian wickets in the first innings and added three more to his tally in the second as the Aussies won by 146 runs to level the series.