Shane Warne blasts 'embarrassing' Big Bash controversy

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter

Shane Warne initially slammed his former team the Melbourne Stars for an “embarrassing” display on Saturday night against the Heat, but was further incensed after seeing Adam Zampa laugh with Marnus Labuschagne after being dismissed.

The Stars will limp into the BBL finals on a three-game losing streak following their 71-run drubbing at the hands of the AB de Villiers-inspired Brisbane Heat.

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The South African great blasted 71 runs from 37 balls, including six sixes, at the MCG on Saturday night as the visitors posted 5-186 then bowled the disappointing hosts out for 115.

Man-of-the-match de Villiers also took the gloves in place of regular wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson and was involved in a run-out and the stumping of Adam Zampa (1).

Marcus Labuschagne shares a laugh with Adam Zampa during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and the Brisbane Heat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images)

But it was Zampa’s actions after his dismissal that again irked Warne.

Zampa was seen sharing a laugh with Australian ODI teammate Labuschagne as he walked off the ground.

“Not a lot of energy from Zampa to get back there, almost just conceded,” Adam Gilchrist said.

Warne wasn’t impressed.

“Give up. There’s just no effort, no energy to get back [in the crease].

“I don’t like this at all,” Warne added said in commentary.

“I said it was embarrassing — it’s getting worse. He should be showing disappointment at just getting out. I don’t like that.”

Marnus Labuschange of the Brisbane Heat talks to Adam Zampa of the Stars after he was dismissed. (Photo by Robert Cianflone - CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Former English captain Michael Vaughan also didn’t see the funny side.

“Zampa is out for one and he’s laughing with Marnus Labuschagne having a conversation. Your team are getting hammered,” he said in commentary.

Stars on three game losing streak

Melbourne's green team haven't won a game since they locked up top spot and head into Friday night's qualifying final against the second-placed side - either the Adelaide Strikers or Sydney Sixers - at the MCG with serious concerns.

Nathan Coulter-Nile of the Stars walks off after he was dismissed Mujeeb Ur Rahman of the Brisbane Heat during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and the Brisbane Heat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 25, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone - CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

But Stars coach David Hussey maintains he is unfazed by the lacklustre finish to the regular season.

"The real season starts now," Hussey said.

"It's a new game come Friday night and you'll see a different Melbourne Stars team.

"Fortunately we've qualified first and when we wake up and read the papers and listen to the radio we're still going to be finishing first, which should be celebrated."

Despite the public brave face, Hussey has plenty to be worried about behind closed doors.

Sandeep Lamichhane's unexpected international call-up for Nepal robs the Stars of a key spinner for the rest of the tournament.

Pakistani sensation Haris Rauf is not guaranteed to return from international duties for Friday night's match and his replacement, countryman Dilbar Hussain, struggled mightily in a trying debut.

Hussain finished with figures of 1-56 after opening the bowling and closing out the innings with a costly over that went for 22 runs, including three sixes.

Throw in a season-ending broken hand for Hilton Cartwright and a batting line-up that crumbled against Brisbane - Marcus Stoinis (17), Nic Maddinson (9), Seb Gotch (5) and Glenn Maxwell (1) all went cheaply - and a maiden BBL title seems a tall order.

"There's no complacency, there's no getting ahead of ourselves," Hussey said.

"We're just trying to get better and better each time and put on a good performance.

"Unfortunately that didn't happen (against the Heat)."

Brisbane were seventh going into the clash with three defeats in a row, but can still make the finals with a win against the Renegades at Marvel Stadium on Monday.

With AAP