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Last Updated: Monday, 25 April, 2005, 18:46 GMT 19:46 UK
Warne 'tried to humiliate Sussex'
C Adams
I have lost a lot of respect for him because of the way he behaved
Chris Adams

Sussex cricket captain Chris Adams says he has lost respect for Shane Warne, who he accuses of trying to humiliate his players in a match at Hove.

Hampshire captain Warne was involved in a tense drawn Championship match against Sussex, ending on Saturday.

Adams told The Argus: "I've played for 18 years with some of the greatest players in the world - none of them felt the need to disrespect people."

Hampshire manager Paul Terry said: "I can't really comment about it."

The match ended in thrilling style as Hampshire ended on 267-8 chasing 285 to win.

Umpire Ian Gould said the game was played with Test match intensity at times but Adams believes Warne went too far with the verbals.

Adams said: "Playing hard on the field is fine by me but to try to publicly humiliate young players in the opposition is disappointing.

S Warne
Warne captains Hampshire until the Ashes start in late July

"Matt Prior came in for quite a lot of verbal abuse. I've told Matt that it is because he is seen as a threat - it's a back-handed compliment in a way.

"Because of what he has done in the game Shane Warne will always be considered a great.

"Off the field he was outstanding and the first person to congratulate us and say what a great game it was, but I have lost a lot of respect for him because of the way he behaved in this match."

Adams, 32, played a handful of games for England in the late 1990s. Warne, 35, has a world record 583 Test wickets and will aim to add to that tally when the Ashes series starts at the end of July.

BBC Sport approached Terry in a bid to hear Warne's versions of events, but the Hampshire manager simply said: "I shouldn't think anyone down here has seen the story."

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