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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 October 2005, 07:45 GMT 08:45 UK
Waugh reveals problems with Warne
Shane Warne and Steve Waugh
Brilliant cricketers and great team-mates: Warne and Waugh
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh depicts Shane Warne as an attention- seeker and scorns Ian Chappell in his keenly-awaited autobiography.

Out of My Comfort Zone comes out on Sunday - and Waugh has reportedly been paid 550,000 for the book.

Waugh retired in January 2004 after 168 Tests in which he made 10,927 runs.

Of fellow great Warne, he says: "Shane needs constant support, encouragement and reassurance that he is the man. He loves to be loved."

Waugh also confirms reports from the 1999 World Cup that leg-spinner Warne had problems with his captaincy.

But despite the insecurity he saw in the player, he also has plenty of praise for the world's leading wicket-taker, describing him as a fierce competitor.

However, Waugh has little time for Chappell, another former captain who once described him as a selfish cricketer, but says he was baffled as to why the former captain didn't like him.

He says: "It might have been that I praised the work of [former Test coach] Bob Simpson, who was his sworn enemy, or that I didn't spend hours in the bar drinking and regurgitating old cricket stories."

Ian Chappell and Steve Waugh
It was not easy for Chappell and Waugh to see eye-to-eye

Waugh, 40, opens up about his brother Mark's involvement in supplying pitch and weather information to an Indian bookmaker, for which he was fined by the Australian Cricket Board in 1998.

Seeing Mark walk out to bat at the Adelaide Oval to a chorus of boos after his fine was publicised was "one of the toughest couple of seconds of my cricket life," he writes.

Test cricket's longest-serving player says his sacking as one-day captain in 2002 had come three years after chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns had first suggested he was close to being dropped.

Waugh was shocked by the way that decision was made.

He says: "I didn't have a problem with the decision. However, I did have an issue with the lack of man-management skills involved.

"Surely, after so many years playing and being the captain of a side that had been ranked No.7 when I took over and was now No.1, at least one phone call or conversation letting me know how the selectors saw the bigger picture would have been nice.

"The clinical efficiency of my dismissal stung me most because as a player I had always given everything."



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