Shane Warne’s comments don’t need a response: Steve Waugh
Shane Warne and Steve Waugh fell out irreparably after Warne was left out of the fourth Test in Antigua. @AFP

Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has delivered a short reply to Shane Warne’s statement that he was “the most selfish player” he ever played with.

In his latest book, No Spin, Warne suggested that Waugh was only interested in keeping his Test batting average. The feud between the two former team-mates is no secret and dates back to 1999 when Warne was dropped from the Test team during a tour of the West Indies after managing two wickets in three matches. In 2016, during a reality show, the legspinner slammed Waugh as the most selfish player he had encountered while listing out reasons he did not like him.

Waugh on Thursday stated that he “didn’t need to justify anything” he did as captain.

“I’m responding [to Warne] by not responding because I don’t think it needs a response,” he said on ABC’s News Breakfast.

On the decision to drop Warne from the Test squad in 1999, Waugh said: “I had to make a decision as a captain and as a leader. Unfortunately, I didn’t want to make that decision but I did it for the benefit of the team. You’ve got to have loyalty to a certain degree but you can’t have blind loyalty. I guess that’s what Shane expected on that occasion. I had to make a decision. I got on fine with Shane we had a great relationship. As a leader you’re put in a tough position sometimes but that’s why you’re a leader.”