Australian cricket legend Shane Warne has taken aim at the “muppets” involved in his Marnus Labuschagne drama, just one day after his public apology.
Warne and fellow commentator Andrew Symonds were picked up mocking Labuschagne, while Symonds said the star batsman had “ADD” and needed to be “hogpiled”.
After writing a public apology in his column for NewsCorp — almost a week after the comments went public — Warne again addressed the issue on Saturday.
“I just want to clear something up,” Warne said on Fox Sports before day two began.
“I’ve been a huge fan of Marnus. I’ve read a few reports saying ‘cop that Shane!’ about what you said about (him).
“What I said about Marnus Labuschagne was ‘bat properly’. And what that means is none of that silly stuff of ‘wait on!’ and all of that carry on.
“Just bat, because you’re such a good player … I thought he didn’t do any of that stuff (in the Fourth Test) and he made a brilliant hundred.
“So that’s all I was talking about, to clear it up for some of those, let’s call them ‘muppets’, about what they write.
“I just wanted to let you know, I’ve always been a big fan of Marnus. I communicated with him, (it’s) all fine. He laughed at it! He found it amusing, he was fine.”
Warne went on to say he rated Labuschagne as one of the best batsmen in the world.
“We often talk about the big three – Kohli, Smith and Williamson – but Labuschagne isn’t not far behind them,” Warne said.
“He is a terrific player. 18 Test matches, five hundreds and 10 fifties, it’s just super stuff. With him at three and Steve Smith at four, if David Warner can find a bit of his form again, you’ve got three world-class players in the top four.”