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."