Warney slams ‘muppets’ in Marnus furore
Shane Warne has again addressed the comments he made about Marnus Labuschagne's quirks at the crease, hitting out at "muppets" who called him out after the star's century at the Gabba.
Labuschagne was the centrepiece of the Australian innings on day one, pounding his fifth Test century as Australia built a solid platform.
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But before play on day two, Warne felt the need to bring up the Labuschagne furore again after a hot mic before a BBL game that he and Andrew Symonds picked up the pair having a chat.
"Jeez it's annoying … Just f***ing bat properly," Shane Warne was heard saying about Labuschagne's high-energy efforts to Andrew Symonds, who also expressed his exasperation.
It went viral with the former Aussie stars getting clipped by the internet over the footage.
"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 and yesterday I thought he didn't do any of that stuff 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."
During the third Test, Tim Paine and Matthew Wade could be heard on stump mic bagging Labuschagne out after the comments.
"When you're 100 Tests in and I'm commentating, it's going to be exactly the same," Paine told Labuschagne, who was fielding at short leg.
"I'm going to be sitting with Roy (Symonds) and Warnie, saying the same thing. Hogpiling."
Wade added: "I'll be coaching in 10 years, you'll be playing and I'll be saying 'if you'd have just taken Warnie and Roy's advice, back at the start, we wouldn't be in this situation."
But Labuschagne also did what he does best, hitting his first century in the series and as he brought his series tally to 401 runs, the best of either side by over 140 runs.
The performance has continued to bolster Labuschagne's career record with Warne saying the Queenslander must be close to challenging for the world's No. 1 Test batsman.
"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."
"Marnus bats best when he forgets all the exaggeration stuff, like calling, 'No', 'Yes' and 'Wait on' really loudly and waving his bat around," Warne wrote.
"I like it when he just bats - and that's why I said to Andrew Symonds that he should 'just bat properly'.
"I've communicated with Marnus about what unfortunately went to air last week and I'd like to apologise for swearing on TV.
"Marnus had no issue. He thought it was funny and had a laugh about it and so did his teammates. Andrew has also apologised to Marnus for what he said, too."
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