Cricket

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."

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