'Absolutely sensational': Warne changes tune on Labuschagne after gaffe

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There was no public apology from Shane Warne, but the leg-spin great adopted a more conciliatory tone towards Marnus Labuschagne after his and Andrew Symonds' foul-mouthed gaffe ridiculing Australia's batting star mistakenly went to air on Friday night.

Shane Warne.

Shane Warne.

A day after being ripped into by Warne and Symonds for his eccentric mannerisms at the crease, Labuschagne let his actions do the talking on the field, playing a starring role as Australia seized control of the third Test at the SCG.

Foxtel-owned Kayo Sports on Friday night apologised after Warne and Symonds mocked the Test No.3, apparently unaware the cameras were rolling.

The exchange brought back memories of the infamous "can't bowl, can't throw" sledge directed at former Test paceman Scott Muller captured by Channel Nine's sound effects mic in Hobart in 1999.

Warne, then a player, had the finger pointed at him but has maintained he was not the culprit. A Nine cameraman, Joe Previtera (aka Joe the Cameraman), publicly confessed to the jibe but the mystery has always remained about what happened.

The conversation on Friday started innocently enough with Warne suggesting Labuschagne's part-time leg-spin should be introduced into the attack late on the second day.

"Do something now to his ADD [attention deficit disorder], f------ pills," Symonds said.

"Yeah, f---," Warne responded. "Jeez, it's annoying. 'No!!!' Just f------ bat properly," Warne said, referring to Labuschagne's unorthodox behaviour while batting. Superstar batsman Steve Smith has similar quirks but was not targeted.

Symonds then suggested "we'll have to give him the hog pile" - a term that refers to a group of people jumping on top of a person. There is, however, conjecture as to whether he was referring instead to a former national teammate and noted "pest" Brad Hogg, who was piled on as a joke to pull him into line.

"Mate, if you keep that s--- up we're going to have to squash your guts out your a---," Symonds says, drawing a laugh from Warne.

Warne, however, was on Saturday more complimentary towards the Queenslander, who caught Jasprit Bumrah short of his ground with a brilliant direct hit and also played a role in effecting another run-out.

"That was just sensational stuff," Warne said on Fox. "To slide, pick it up, turn around, and go bang was just brilliant. Absolutely sensational."

Warne also praised Labuschagne after he got his hand to an extremely difficult opportunity close to the bat.

"He did so well just to get a hand on it," Warne said. "He's a couple of metres from the bat and hit it well. Reaction is about 0.2 second probably."

Kayo Sports, a subsidiary of Foxtel, issued an apology on Twitter.

"Our stream started early and caught some unacceptable comments," the streaming service tweeted. "On behalf of @kayosports and the commentary team, we unreservedly apologise."


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