They did NOT want you to see this: Leaked footage shows Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds BLASTING one of Australia’s best cricketers in foul-mouthed off-air chat
- Retired cricket greats Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds had on air faux pas
- Batsman Marnus Labuschagne was in their sights, with the pair not holding back
- Both men were unaware the microphones were on, with chat live on Fox Sports
Cricket legends Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds have been busted blasting a current Australian player in a foul mouthed rant.
Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne (pictured above) was the target for Warne and Symonds in what they thought was an off-air chat
Shane Warne (pictured above) is widely regarded as Australia’s best ever cricketer behind Sir Donald Bradman
‘Do something now to his ADD (attention deficit disorder) f***ing pills,’ Symonds appeared to state, referring to the eccentric Labuschagne.
‘Yeah, f***,’ Warne responded.
‘Jeez it’s annoying. ‘No!!!’ Just f***ing bat properly,’ he continued, referring to Labuschagne’s quirky approach to batting.
‘We’ll have to give him the hog pile,’ Symonds said, as the pair laughed.
‘Mate if you keep that sh*t up we’re going to have to squash your guts out your ar*e.’
Fellow commentator Mark Howard sat next to the pair during their vicious rant, but didn’t weigh into the chat.
Twitter lit up after Phillips’ post, with cricket fans on social media not appearing to be overly surprised at the behaviour of Warne and Symonds.
One cheekily suggested it must have been ‘Joe the Cameraman’, a reference to Channel 9 cameraman Joe Previtera, who in 1999 uttered ‘can’t bowl, can’t throw’ when referring to then Test player Scott Muller.
Many fans at the time widely felt the slur – picked up by Channel 9 mircophones – came from Warne, but Previtera insisted at the time he was the guilty party.
One fan stated on Twitter ‘it was like hearing two old mates at the pub’, before another said ‘Attention Warnie and Roy: The microphone is ALWAYS on.’
Cricket greats Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds (pictured middle and right) have been busted bagging current player Marnus Labuschagne by Fox Sports microphones
Andrew Symonds (pictured right) knocking over a streaker who ran onto the field during a match versus India in 2008 in Brisbane
Twitter user Greg Prichard warned the retired greats that the ‘microphone is always on’
Another said it must have been ‘Joe the Cameraman’ a reference to a 1999 incident said to have involved Warne and ex-teammate Scott Muller – Warne has always denied the suggestion he criticised Muller
In their playing careers, Warne and Symonds were in the headlines for their off-field antics almost as much as their ability in their whites.
Spin king Warne freely admits he made a number of ‘poor choices’, including liaisons with multiple women when married or in relationships and taking a diet pill his mother gave him before the 2003 World Cup, which resulted in him serving a 12 month drug ban.
Symonds, an enigmatic talent before finally realising his potential, was once banned from representing Australia in a one-day international after turning up drunk to play Bangladesh in 2005.