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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 April, 2005, 14:00 GMT 15:00 UK
Warne in war of words with Adams
Shane Warne
Warne makes an adjustment to his field at Hove
Hampshire have labelled Sussex skipper Chris Adams a hypocrite following claims he made against Shane Warne.

Adams accused Warne of trying to "humiliate" members of his team during last week's Championship game at Hove.

"We regard his views as somewhat hypocritical given the way Chris himself behaved during this match and previous Hampshire-Sussex fixtures.

"However, we are not inclined to elaborate on any incident publicly," a Hampshire statement said.

The game was drawn after an exciting final day's play saw Hampshire finish on 267-8, chasing a victory target of 285.

But Adams later accused Warne of 'sledging' (verbal abuse).

In an interview for The Times, however, Warne said: "I am sick and tired of being cast as the villain because English captains give one side of the story.

"I do not like getting involved in tit for tat, but I am fed up with copping flak about sledging when there are two sides to the story.

"If Adams has lost respect for me, then I can certainly say that whatever respect I had for him has disappeared, too."

The Hampshire statement said that the umpires had not taken action against any player involved in the match.

"It is clear that Shane Warne's stature in the game makes him a target for incitement and we witnessed examples of this last season.

"Hopefully, hereafter, the umpires will be left to adjudicate on the behaviour of players and individuals can leave their competitive instincts on the field of play.

"We have made our feelings known to the ECB, but as far as we are concerned the matter is closed," the statement added.

In 2004, Hampshire finished bottom of the MCC's Spirit of Cricket table, which is based on marks given to the various teams by the umpires at the end of each game.

Warne was given three penalty points under the England and Wales Cricket Board's disciplinary code after being found guilty of using obscene language during a game against Somerset last August.

The leg-spinner was also involved in an on-field altercation with Essex captain Ronnie Irani during a drawn Championship match last year.

Both players were "read the riot act" by umpire Graham Burgess.

"You can't have two captains, both internationals, behaving like that," Burgess said at the time.

The subject of sledging was discussed by Warne in his 2001 autobiography.

He said: "The problem is that if you start sledging without being able to back up your words with performances then it soon loses its effect."

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