Stars v Hurricanes, BBL 2012-13, Melbourne December 8, 2012

Warne taunts Bailey as Stars seal hard-fought win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Melbourne Stars 6 for 135 (Laughlin 3-14) beat Hobart Hurricanes 8 for 134 (Paine 46, McKay 3-24) by four wickets
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Shane Warne did not take a wicket but left a mark nonetheless as the Melbourne Stars edged past the Hobart Hurricanes in the final over of the BBL match at the MCG.

Adding an edge to a contest already noteworthy as Ricky Ponting's first domestic match since his international retirement, Warne offered a barbed critique of the Australian Twenty20 captain, George Bailey, who battled to 28 from 26 balls before falling victim to Cameron White.

Twice Warne drew edges from Bailey that were not held, leaving the former Australia spin bowler to remark while miked up to the broadcasters: "You would think the Australian Twenty20 captain would smack me out of the park, wouldn't you? Rather than keep nicking me?"

White eventually dismissed Bailey, as the Hurricanes were restricted to 8 for 134. Clint McKay snared three wickets after Tim Paine had tried to hold the innings together following Ponting's exit in the second over for eight, coincidentally the same score he made in his final Test innings.

The Stars' chase was guided in its early stages by Rob Quiney and Brad Hodge, before cameos by Cameron White and Glenn Maxwell took the hosts close enough to make the final result a formality, despite a noteworthy spell by the limited-overs specialist Ben Laughlin.

After the match, Bailey said he had no intention of getting into a war of words with Warne. "Is it disrespectful? Until I actually see it I don't think I'll get into a war of words with Warnie," Bailey said. "I think he's still the world's greatest leg-spinner isn't he, who's going to have a Test comeback at the age of 43? So he needs a bit of respect."

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  • Billy on December 18, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Warnie, Warnie, Warnie, you can be a dead set Goose sometimes. Surprise us all and say something constructive or productive for a change. Even if you have to do it by Twitter or Text, just something..... I know, I know, I've got one - GOOD ONYA MATE. that could work or ummmmm, let me see - NICE WORK. THAT LADS GOT POTENTIAL - heaven forbid you might actually encourage someone. Probably a bit to complex for you CHAMP, huh!!

  • David on December 17, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Ho hum, this is only to try and give substance to the hit and giggle game. The far greater issue is that we only have 20 over matches in progress when we need to select replacements for the Test team.

  • craig on December 16, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    Are we sure Warnie actually said it? It might have been Joe the Cameraman.

  • David on December 16, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    ESPNcricinfo staff - sub-standard reporting...concentrate on the match and the issues, don't try to create them. Go back to journalist school.

  • Dummy4 on December 16, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Fox Sports sorry, not Channel 9!

  • Dummy4 on December 16, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    It was just a random, cheeky comment made whilst commentating for channel 9 and bowling to an opposition player. I don't see why this warrants an article, or is a big deal in any way. Why not instead mention that he put Cameron White on to bowl to rebuild his confidence after two dropped catches? Another comment Warne shared with the TV audience. Remarkably effective tactic given that White quickly dismissed Bailey (could have backfired just as easily I guess). Besides, he was often in the press for sledging opposition players. It's just an extension of that; surely...

  • Dummy4 on December 16, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Smudgeon, How can a bowler control the fielders ability to catch the ball? At the end of the day the bowler can only create chances - Warnie deceived Bailey twice - what more do you want him to do?

    disco_bob - forgetting his 40 wickets in that series are we? Without Warne the series doesn't even make the Oval.

    and finally, Naveen - pretty sure Warnie has done enough in the game of Cricket to say whatever he wants, whenever he wants. 700 Test wickets not enough for you champ?

  • Johnathon on December 16, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    I see nothing happened to Warne's ego after he retired. What was he saying the last match when he was taken for 40+ runs in 2 overs? Finch should have said something like "You'd think the "king of spin" who said he was bowling "better than ever" would be harder to hit". Murali is a way better bowler than Warne. The stats tell the story and now the success in the same competition will tell the story.

  • disco on December 16, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Great as Warnie undoubtably is/was, he nevertheless dropped the Ashes, when he reprieved Kev at the Oval. I agree with Smudgeon, Warne's comments are tedious and graceless to boot.

  • seb on December 16, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    It's 20/20.... who REALLY cares?

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