Former Australia cricketers, Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds faced a lot of heat for poking fun of Marnus Labuschagne’s unorthodox batting approach. Warner and Symonds were mic’d up ahead of a Big Bash League (BBL) game between Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades on Friday. Ahead of the game, the conversation between the two former players was aired on the streaming platform Kayo Sports, which later apologized for the language used by the two commentators.
In the viral video, both Warne and Symonds taking a dig at Labuschagne and his eccentric mannerisms. Symonds even said that Labuschagne has ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), while Warne called him “annoying”.
— Steven Barrett (@stevebarrett88) January 8, 2021
Their annoying comments from Symonds and Warner received widespread backlash on social media, with people slamming the two former players for their crude comments about such a promising batsman.
Here are some of the reactions:
after the pujara comments, shane warne needs to watch himself
— rebecca (@rebeccaaruthven) January 8, 2021
Shane Warne shouldn't be back on TV without apologising to Labuschagne. Disgraceful @kayosports. He's a bully.
— Frith🐾 (@gameof4quarters) January 9, 2021
I was somehow still fine with Shane Warne but after this Labuschagne incident, no chance. It's time someone snatches the mic from him. #AUSvIND
— Kanav Bali🏏 (@Concussion_Sub) January 8, 2021
Since Ashes 2019, Marnus Labuschagne has been a revelation for the Australian team, when he walked out to bat as a concussion substitute replacing Steve Smith during the five-match Test series in England.
Having scored 1,588 runs in 27 innings, 16 Tests at an impressive average of 58.81, Labuschagne has emerged as one of the pillars of Australia’s batting, at least in Test cricket. Apart from his batting, Labuschagne’s mannerisms, which is in a way is inspired by Steve Smith, also gains a lot of attention.
Currently, Australia is locking horns with India in Sydney for the third Test of the four-match series. The hosts managed to take the first-innings lead of 94 runs as they bundled out India for 244 on Day 3. Earlier, the Ussies were bowled out for 338 on Day 2 with Steve Smith scoring his 27th Test century.