Former Australia players Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds are facing backlash for their insulting comments and making fun of Marnus Labuschagne’s unorthodox batting approach. Warner and Symonds were mic’d up ahead of a BBL game between Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades on Friday. Before the game, the conversation between the two former players was aired on the streaming platform Kayo Sports, which later issued an apology for the language used by the two commentators.
In the viral video, both Warne and Symonds can be heard criticising 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 comments received widespread backlash on the social media, with people slamming the two former players for their crude comments about such a promising batsman.
Here are some of the reactions:
shane warne and andrew symonds mocking marnus on live tv is disgusting. as professionals, even though those comments shouldn’t have been said in the first place, they should know to conduct themselves better if there was a slight chance of them being on camera. its gross
— 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
Labuschagne has been a revelation for Australia in the last one-and-a-half years, since he walked out to bat as a concussion substitute replacing Steve Smith during the 2019 Ashes series in England.
Having scored 1,588 runs in 27 innings, 16 Tests at an impressive average of 58.81, he has emerged as one of the pillars of Australia’s batting, at least in the longest format. Apart from his batting, Labuschagne’s mannerisms, which is in a way is inspired by Steve Smith, also gains a lot of attention.
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