Warne blasted after Starc jibe

2014-12-18 08:58
Shane Warne (File)

Brisbane - Shane Warne was in damage control on Thursday after Australia coach Darren Lehmann threatened to confront him after the spin great blasted fast bowler Mitchell Starc as "soft".

During a commentary stint during the second Test in Brisbane on Wednesday, Warne demanded more aggression from a Australian team wilting in blistering heat during the second Test against India, singling out Starc.

"He has to change his body language, it needs to be stronger - he looks a bit soft," Warne said on Channel Nine.

"He needs to puff his chest out a bit, look harder."

Lehmann was not impressed when later told of the comment.

"Soft? He used those words?," he said. "That's very harsh. I will take it up with Shane myself."

Warne backtracked on Thursday, saying: "I never at any stage called Mitchell Starc soft.

"What I did do was say his body language and his presence gave the appearance of being nonchalant and he needed to improve on his body language, it all was a bit nice and soft and easy, not him.

"I stand by what I said because I agree with it."

Read more on:    shane warne  |  cricket


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

The 12-month ban handed down to Steve Smith and David Warner and the 9-month sanction for Cameron Bancroft for their ball-tampering roles, is ...

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.