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Major cricket points to the moment when Shane Warne’s long-running feud with Steve Waugh was sparked

‘He never forgave him’: big cricket hints at when Shane Warne’s long-running feud started with Steve Waugh – revealing whose side he’s on

  • Mark Taylor said Steve Waugh who dropped Shane Warne in Antigua started the feud
  • Warne was out of shape and was left out of a decisive test match against the West Indies
  • Taylor believes that Waugh made the wrong decision and that Warne should have played
  • Warne wrote in his autobiography ‘disappointed is not strong enough’

Former Australian cricket captain Mark Taylor has scrutinized the origins of Shane Warne and Steve Waugh’s longstanding feud.

The 55-year-old said that Waugh dropped Warne for a series-decisive test match against the Antilles in Antigua in 1999, sparking their disgust.

Warne had just returned from shoulder surgery, taking just four wickets in four tests, while fellow leg spinner Stuart MacGill was in good shape after seven wickets averaging 35.43.

“Before the final test game, Steve went with MacGill and left Warne out, which certainly annoyed Shane Warne at the time, and I don’t think he ever forgiven him,” Taylor said on Sport Sunday.

Mark Taylor believes Steve Waugh and Shane Warne's feud stems from the fact that the spinner was left out of a test match against West Indies in Antigua that he had to win in 1999

Mark Taylor believes Steve Waugh and Shane Warne’s feud stems from the spinner’s omission from a 1999 test match against the West Indies in Antigua

Warne (pictured with former teammate Ricky Ponting) wrote in his autobiography that he was disappointed to be dropped for the decisive test

Warne (pictured with former teammate Ricky Ponting) wrote in his autobiography that he was disappointed to be dropped for the decisive test

Warne (pictured with former teammate Ricky Ponting) wrote in his autobiography that he was disappointed to be dropped for the decisive test

The 104-test veteran said it was no secret the pair weren’t friends and believes the rookie captain made the wrong choice by leaving his star spinner out for a must-win match.

“Not at the time. I didn’t think it was (the right decision), ”Taylor said.

“If you had to make a decision between the two leggies, which I think Australia should do at that stage because Brian Lara played so well, I would have gone for the guy who’s been great for so long even if he wasn’t at best.’

Warne wrote of missing the test in his 2018 autobiography No Spin: ‘Disappointed is not a strong enough word.

When the bottleneck came Tugga [Waugh] did not support me, and I felt so completely let down by someone I had supported a lot and was also a good friend.

Steve will always say the result justifies the decision, but I don’t think it’s that simple. Then I lost a little respect for him.

Waugh (pictured with wife Lynette) has defended his decision to leave Warne out of the game, who won Australia before winning the series

Waugh (pictured with wife Lynette) has defended his decision to leave Warne out of the game, who won Australia before winning the series

Waugh (pictured with wife Lynette) has defended his decision to leave Warne out of the game, who won Australia before winning the series

“I think he should have supported me – as I always believe, captain’s art is to support your players and support them every time. This will get the respect of the players and make them play for you. It’s not, it’s history, but I never found it easy after that. ‘

Warne also discussed the issue with I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2016.

“I don’t like Steve Waugh very much, but that was the reason,” he said.

The 50-year-old revived his feud with his former captain last week when he called Waugh ‘the most selfish cricketer’ he ever played with.

Waugh rejected the spinner’s comments and defended the decision to let Warne out of the squad in Antigua, saying this was in the team’s favor.

“People keep saying it’s a feud, but for me there is a feud between two people,” Waugh said Sydney Morning Herald. “I never bought it, so it’s just one person.”

“His comments are a reflection of themselves, nothing to do with me. That’s all I would say. ‘

Warne puts his head on Waugh's shoulder while the Australian World Cup team poses for their official 1999 team photo

Warne puts his head on Waugh's shoulder while the Australian World Cup team poses for their official 1999 team photo

Warne puts his head on Waugh’s shoulder while the Australian World Cup team poses for their official 1999 team photo

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