'Once you're on the field you'll do anything for each other'

Shane Warne didn't always see eye to eye with team-mates, but that didn't mean he didn't support them

September 19, 2013

Posted by popcorn on (September 22, 2013, 11:39 GMT)

Shane Warne boasts about himsef. Ponting,Waugh,Taylor and AB never did.

Posted by armchairjohnny on (September 20, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

Warne is an easy target for character assassination because he always played the game with his heart rather than his head.

For me, he was like a cricketing messiah descended from the cricketing heavens -- a throw back to an earlier era of no-nonsense cricket; the type of cricketer who channelizes their rage, fury, passion and entire personality into their style of play. He belongs to a category of whole-hearted cricketing supermen; Imran Khan, Ian Botham, Richard Hadlee, Kapil Dev. The type of cricketer that refuses to compromise their personality for the sake of the game. Someone who offends and upsets people, yes, but also the type of cricketer who is great *because* their personality brings the best out of their performances on the field.

He's a dream cricketer who played the game with so much heart. Such aggression, such passion! Just the way any sport worthy of the name should be played. Beneath the bitterness he really has a good sense of humor. Mere mortals just don't get it!

Posted by jimmy787 on (September 19, 2013, 23:22 GMT)

Still with a chip on his shoulder so many years later at being dropped. I can't believe people genuinely think he's the greatest spinner of all time, when most of his bowling was done against feeble English and NZ teams in the 90s as well as an SA team that was generally clueless against spin. Against decent opposition such as India he averaged 47, and against WI he averaged 30.

Among the top 10 batsmen he's dismissed the most are Harmison, Giles and Caddick. Dravid is 10th on his list, so that's the only genuine batsman he can lay claim to having at least some success against. Lets look at his record against the best batsmen in his era. Lara averaged 54.57 while Warne was playing, and Tendulkar averaged 39. Says it all really.

Posted by Kundan.k on (September 19, 2013, 22:02 GMT)

Warne was the best Cricketer Australia ever produced, he deserved a long run as captain.rajasthan

Posted by Gmale on (September 19, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

Warne is the most negative person I have seen. He is always ready to offer something exciting to the media and in the guise vents his own frustrations. Steve Waugh, Taylor, Ponting, or Gilchrist are never seen saying one negative thing about Warne. Waugh might have had his disagreements with Warne and granted Steve looked a bit too old-school vs. Warne, but he never goes public criticizing Warne. And I am not too sure about Warne judging Waugh's batting. I don't think Waugh teaches Warne how to spin from leg to off. Last I checked, Waugh had nothing but positive comments about Warne in his books. When Waugh speaks post-retirements his comments are aimed at improving the game overall, not bring down a teammate.

Posted by PAK_CricFan on (September 19, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

An Aussie legend but Ponting is a better choice as captain.

Posted by anton1234 on (September 19, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Says the guy who most likely (though it might have been the cameraman) ruined the career of Scott Muller. Muller could have gone on to be a superb bowler for Australia for years to come. The less Shane Warne is heard the better. I really dislike his nasal voice.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

His aggresive approach made him a legend in cricket but off the field the aggressive attitude cost him captaincy, well neverthless he's still a legend #respect

Posted by Arrow011 on (September 19, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

Warne was the best Cricketer Australia ever produced, he deserved a long run as captain.

Posted by salazar555 on (September 19, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

Warne is a bitter person despite the career he had. He seems to be the kind of person who is always thinking what he didn't get and what could have been rather than concentrating on what was.

Not being Oz captain is something that niggles at him.

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