Warne devalues a lot of Aussie performances
On the second day of the WACA test
against South Africa, Shane Warne went past Dennis Lillee's
24-year old record for the most wickets in a year
when he ended up with 96 wickets in 2005. Clearly intoxicated by success, he ended up making uncharitable comments on Matthew Hayden's 380
against Zimbabwe, Glenn McGrath's 7/15
against Namibia, Brett Lee's hat-trick
against Kenya, Adam Gilchrist's 172
against Zimbabwe, Damien Martyn's 22-ball fifty
against Bangladesh and Darren Lehmann scoring 28 in an over
against Namibia, among other feats by Australians against cricketing minnows.
Speaking to "The Australian"
, he said
It would be nice if it (the new record) lasted another 25 years, but I don't think it will. There's a lot more cricket being played these days and you have teams like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in there, with some teams playing them a lot more (than others). I've never played a Test against Bangladesh and only one against Zimbabwe, but there are some teams out there that play them a lot. And some blokes bowl at one end all day against those sort of countries and take lots of wickets. I'm sure that whoever those people are, they might get it (the record) next year.
Shane, surely if Murali's wickets against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are worthless, so are the above Aussie achievements.
Mind you, this isn't the first time you've left a bad taste in the mouth
while referring to Murali. At least Murali can only be faulted for his on-field activities
, unlike what you've been upto off the field, over the years
Should we compare how you fare against India
? Ok, so if we leave out Murali's stats against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh and yours against Zimbabwe, what happens
? He has 457 wickets at 24.3 each and you have 639 wickets at 24.6 each. In 13 years since your debut [and Murali's as well], you've played 132 tests to Murali's 98. If we knock off 18 tests for Murali [v Bangladesh and Zimbabwe] and one for you, Murali averages 5.7 wickets per test while you average 4.8 per game.
Stop making an ass of yourself, Shane. Nobody is perfect. I have a lot of respect for you, but you are already running out of excuses. Your place in cricket history is guaranteed, regardless of whether Murali eventually gets the record or not. It is not a zero sum game. The least you can do is to stop being a sourpuss and get on with your life.