Andrew Strauss recalls brutal Shane Warne sledge that left him "humiliated"

As well as being arguably the greatest bowler to ever grace a cricket field, Shane Warne was no shrinking violet.

He was famed for his lethal wit and dry humour almost as much as his ripping leg-spin deliveries.

And one man that found himself on the end of both is former England captain Andrew Strauss.

The cricketing world was left stunned on Friday when Warne was found dead in a Thailand villa, aged just 52.

Friends and medics worked tirelessly to try and revive the Australia legend, but he passed away leaving behind three devastated children.

Warne had proven himself to be England's nemesis over numerous Ashes series before he returned to these shores as part of a star-studded line-up from Down Under for the 2005 edition.

Having won the first Test, Australia headed to Edgbaston looking to take a stranglehold on the series and put themselves on course for another win over their fiercest enemy.

Chasing 282 to win in the fourth innings, the tourists were in deep trouble when Warne came to the crease at 137-7.

Sensing an opportunity to get into Warne's head, Strauss remarked that the Aussie was "struggling" against England spinner Ashley Giles.

Never one to shy away from a battle, verbal or otherwise, Warne replied: "Straussy. You're kidding yourself, mate."

Speaking on the Amazon documentary 'Warne', Strauss recalled: "These two eyes turned to me and went 'mate, there's only one guy struggling round here. It's you. You're f****** s***.'

"Pretty humiliating, to be honest with you. You're kind of hoping your teammates back you up but everyone was just not engaging in that conversation at all."

But Warne wasn't done there.

Strauss added: "He then turned round to me again and said 'listen mate, if you say another word to me I'll hit the next ball for six.'

"I went, alright then. 'Come on Gilo, he's really struggling against you here.' Bang. Over square leg for six. 'You gonna say it again, mate?'"

Warne struck a typically belligerent 42 before standing on his own wicket facing Andrew Flintoff, as Australia narrowly lost the Test by just two runs in one of the greatest games every played.

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