Shane Warne has revealed he received a call from Australia's new vice-captain Steve Smith to discuss his public criticism of his new role for the Ashes 2021.

Shane Warne has revealed he received a call from Australia’s new vice-captain Steve Smith to discuss his public criticism of his new role for the Ashes 2021. They discussed the matter after Smith found his words harsh.

Warne had slammed Cricket Australia for going back to a player involved in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. The legendary cricketer felt Smith didn’t deserve the Test vice-captaincy.

“I spoke to Steve Smith. He messaged me and said, ‘Jeez, you’re a bit harsh on me, aren’t you, and we talked it out. That’s what respect does. Just because someone doesn’t like your opinion doesn’t mean you have to get nasty and personal about it. Everyone’s allowed to have their opinion.”

“I was happy Steve Smith contacted me because I consider him a friend. We’ve worked together at the Rajasthan Royals. I used to work with him when he was bowling, was he a leg-spinner a long-time ago? So we’ve got a respect for each other, and it was nice of him to actually ring me and say, ‘Mate, why did you think that?’ I told him my point of view, and he said, ‘I understand it, and I’m sure a lot of people have that point of view too.’”

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