Steve Waugh

Steve Waugh spoke candidly at the launch of his new book ‘The Meaning of Luck’ © Getty Images

Aug 11, 2013

Former Australian cricket skipper Steve Waugh revealed during the launch of his new book ‘The Meaning of Luck’ that his decision to drop Shane Warne from the Australian Test side for the tour of West Indies in 1999 had created a distance between the two which failed to heal.

According to the Herald Sun, Waugh refused to regret the decision but said that he lost a ‘great friend’ in Warne when he and erstwhile selector Geoff Marsh took the tough decision.

Waugh also said that he hoped that Warne came to terms with the fact that the ‘common-sense’ decision was based on facts and ‘gut instinct’, key ingredients which every leader must trust and rely on, and was not about him not trusting Warne’s skill and innate love for the big occasion.

The report also said suggested that it was clear from Waugh’s words that the duo has never been able to reconcile. Waugh said that Warne was surprised and taken aback by the decision.