Former Australia spinner Shane Warne has been criticised on social media after his post-Cricket World Cup final interviews revolved mostly around heavy drinking.
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Warne asked members of Australia’s winning side on three occasions whether they’d spend the night on the drink.
The 1999 World Cup winner began by asking wicketkeeper Brad Haddin if he was “feeling thirsty”, and followed the same line of questioning for the remainder of the post-match celebrations.
“Are you going to have a bit of a drink tonight too, Smitty?,” Warne asked Australia vice-captain Steve Smith.
“Are you going to get thirsty as well? The boys are thirsty they seem.”
Warne then asked Shane Watson and Josh Hazlewood how long their drinking escapade would last.
“So what’s the plan, besides lots of drink and that. How long is that going to last. Just one night, two nights?,” Warne is quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.
“We saw (coach) Darren Lehmann say it might last a week. Do you reckon it will go a bit longer than that?”
Warne was hammered on social media, with many cricket fans growing tired of Shane “thirsty” Warne’s questioning:
Shane Warne spotted this morning wandering the street asking random people if they’re thirsty.
— Titus O’Reily (@TitusOReily) March 29, 2015
Beer on the brain for Shane Warne… Pity, far more interesting questions to ask. — Carly Adno (@CarlyW226) March 29, 2015
Shane Warne has now become the sad drunk uncle that we all want to stay away from.
— Matthew Beggs (@MatthewBeggs) March 29, 2015
Warne hit back, saying he was proud “Straya” was not “politically correct”.
Do gooders get stuffed. Straya is the best place in the world, not politically correct, keep it real. Aussies celebrate properly ! #thirsty
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 29, 2015