Tim Paine and Matthew Wade sparked huge mirth on social media after they were overheard on the stump mic jokingly referring to derogatory comments made by Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds about Marnus Labuschagne.
Warne and Symonds had been roundly criticised for their words, broadcast on Kayo Sports while the pair believed they were off air.
“Do something now to his ADD (attention deficit disorder) f***ing pills,” Symonds was heard saying, as he sat mic’d up alongside Warne in the studio.
“Yeah, f***,” Warne replied. “Jeez, it’s annoying. ‘No!!!’ Just f***ing bat properly.”
— Kayo Sports (@kayosports) January 8, 2021
“We’ll have to give him the hog pile,” Symonds continued. “Mate, if you keep that shit up we’re going to have to squash your guts out your arse.”
Kayo Sports have since apologised for the pairs’ outburst, but both Warne and Symonds are yet to comment further on the matter. That only made it all the more amusing for fans as the two glovemen jested at Labuschagne on the field, with Warne on commentary at the time but staying silent throughout.
“When you’re 100 Tests in, and I’m commentating, it’s going to be exactly the same,” Paine said to Labuschagne. “I’m going to be sitting there with Roy [Symonds] and Warnie saying the same thing. Hogpiling.”
“I’ll be coaching you in 10 years you’ll be playing and I’ll be saying, if you had taken Warnie and Roy’s advice back in the start, you wouldn’t be in this situation,” Wade added.
“Stump mic must be on,” replied Labuschagne.
“Turn it down, turn it down,” a voice could be heard saying in the background, with Twitter users guessing it was the voice of Mark Howard, a Fox Cricket commentator who was in the booth with Warne and Symonds when the initial comments were made.
Thankfully, the off-screen intervention came too late to cut short Paine and Wade’s banter.
Paine and Wade sledging Marnus, referencing Hog Pile, Roy and Warnie etc. Paine saying he'd be saying exactly the same.
Howie ends it with 'turn it down' pic.twitter.com/iCCJQ5Co1x
— Nick Toovey (@OneTooves) January 10, 2021