Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne has been caught in the crosshairs after an exchange between Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds was accidentally broadcast by Fox Sports.
The scene recalled the infamous ‘Joe the cameraman’ hot-mic controversy but this time there was no doubting who said what.
Watch the conversation in the video above
With the SCG Test between Australia and India still underway, Warne questioned whether Labuschagne should have been given an opportunity to bowl late on day two.
The conversation quickly changed, however, with Symonds beginning to discuss Labuschagne’s ticks while batting.
“Jesus it’s annoying,” Warne agreed, mocking the 26-year-old’s calls between the wickets.
“NOOO!! Just f***ing bat properly.”
Silence hovered before Symonds had Warne in stitches with a suggestion for Labuschagne’s Australian teammates.
“You’d have to give him the hog pile,” Symonds said.
“Mate you keep that s*** up we’re going to squash your guts out your arse.”
Just as his great mate Steve Smith experienced before him, Labuschagne’s habits quickly became a topic of conversation after his arrival in the Test arena.
The pair put on 100 runs against India at the SCG across Thursday and Friday before Labuschagne fell for 91.
He largely played spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja with ease during Friday’s opening hour of play, stroking two boundaries off the latter.
But he came unstuck while facing Jadeja, when stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane gleefully accepted an edge at first slip.
It was the first time Labuschagne had been dismissed in the nervous 90s during his 17-Test career.
The SCG was the scene of his career-best knock of 215 against New Zealand a year ago, and he now boasts a Test average of 100.75 at the venue.
Smith went on to make 131, his best score in Test cricket since a double ton against England in September 2019.
The century was his first on home soil since returning from the ball-tampering scandal.
The former captain celebrated his 27th hundred in passionate style, twice thrusting his bat in the air in a mix of relief and jubilation.
Smith made a point of playing more positively after being dismissed cheaply on the first two Tests, driving gloriously down the ground throughout his knock.
The 31-year-old then took that to extremes late, with his last 27 runs coming from 14 balls before a superb Ravindra Jadeja direct hit ran him out and ended Australia’s innings.
Smith’s century went some way toward fixing Australia’s batting woes against the tourists.
In his absence two summers ago, not one Australian passed 100 in the historic 2-1 home series loss to India.
His triple figures on Friday helped them to their biggest score of the summer so far, as the hosts went past 200 for the first time this series.
– with AAP