Shane Warne has apologised for swearing on TV after Kayo Sports mistakenly broadcast his crude banter with Andrew Symonds before a BBL game last week.
Warne said Symonds had also apologised directly to Marnus Labuschagne – but the spin king stands by his criticism of the eccentric Australian Test star.
“I’ve communicated with Marnus about what unfortunately went to air last week and I’d like to apologise for swearing on TV,” Warne wrote in a column for News Corp.
“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.”
But Warne did not say he apologised to Labuschagne for his comments.
In the BBL hot mic gaffe, Warne said: “Jeez it’s annoying. ‘No!!!’ Just f—ing bat properly,” referring to Labuschagne’s quirky methods at the crease.
The Fox Sports commentator doubled down on those views ahead of today’s fourth cricket Test against India.
“He is an outstanding player,” Warne wrote.
“But Marnus bats best when he forgets all the exaggeration stuff, like calling, ‘No’, ‘Yes’ and ‘Wait on’ really loudly and waving his bat around.
“I like it when he just bats – and that’s why I said to Andrew Symonds that he should just bat properly.”
Warne also wrote that the Steve Smith pitch scratching controversy was a big beat up.
“As for Steve Smith, what an overreaction to him shadow batting on the crease in Sydney.
“That was just Smith doing Smith things.
“There was no need for it, sure, but there was nothing untoward and I was very surprised by the reaction it got.”