Shane Warne still angry over being dropped 17 years ago

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There has been no hiding the fact that Shane Warne has little time for his former captain Steve Waugh.

Since his retirement in 2007, Warne has made veiled digs at Waugh in his various commentary stints in Australia and England.

It all came to a head this week when Warne the second highest wicket taker in test cricket history, was appearing on the Australian version of the reality show I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.


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Warne said there are a number of reasons that he doesn’t like Waugh, but being dropped in 1999 for the fourth test against the West Indies was at the top of the list.

At the time, the Australians were two tests to one down against the Caribbean nation who were fighting well above their weight, thanks mainly to an inspired Brian Lara.

Warne had only taken two wickets in the three previous tests at an average of 134. He was completely overshadowed by fellow leg-spinner Stuart MacGill.

He was still recovering from a major shoulder operation and cited that as the key reason behind his poor form on the tour.

Waugh knew it was a very tough decision, as he was dumping a proven match winner for a test that the Australians had to win to retain the Frank Worrell trophy.

Warne was also the vice-captain at the time and the two of them were close friends.

However, despite all those factors Waugh went with his gut feeling and dropped Warne.

The rest was history as Australia scored a commanding 176 run victory.

The fallout from that decision is still felt in Warne’s mind, who also recently called Waugh the most selfish player he has ever played with.

To his credit Waugh hasn’t bitten back, and has said that dropping Warne was just one of many tough decisions he had to make as captain.

He said: "As a captain that is the hardest thing to do. But it's also why you're captain, because people expect you to make the tough decisions for the benefit of the team."

Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden and Ryan Harris have all come out in support of Waugh this week praising the selfless nature of how he went about his business.

In truth, the dispute between two iconic figures in Australian cricket is all very unsavoury.

You are bound to have moments of friction in a team sport where egos are very large, but for the most part, you hope they get sorted out over time in private.

In this case, it seems like a grudge that Warne will carry for the rest of his life.

He clearly has a right to feel this way, but to deliberately play it out in front of the nation for his own purposes seems petty and pathetic.

The Australian team of that era was one of the most dominant in cricket history. They were ruthless, fearless and led superbly by Waugh, - who was a tough as they come.

We may well never see a team with as much quality again. It is also highly doubtful that we will see much positive dialogue between Warne and Waugh in the future.

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