Aaron Finch of The Renegades hits Shane Warne of The Stars for six by during their Big Bash League match in Melbourne last night. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
Shane Warne suffered the humiliation of conceding an
Australian T20 record of 0-41 from his two overs as his
Melbourne Stars were upset by the Melbourne Renegades in
Friday night's opening BBL clash.
Warne's pre-tournament favourites batted first and made
5-167, led by England international Luke Wright's 53 and
David Hussey's 42.
However, the Renegades showed no respect to Warne, belting
the 43-year-old legspin great for four sixes as they reached
2-168 with 10 deliveries to spare.
Renegades' skipper Aaron Finch hit a superb 111 not out from
65 deliveries with 12 fours and four sixes, in what rival
coach Greg Shipperd described as an innings people will
remember for a long time.
Unfortunately for Warne, his bowling performance was
memorable for the wrong reasons after boasting earlier this
week that he was still good enough to get a few wickets
against the Poms next year if picked for a test comeback for
the Ashes series.
"Well, that didn't really go to plan, sorry @StarsBBL fans,"
Warne said on Twitter after the match.
"Well played Renegades & @AaronFinch5 We will bounce back
& so will I."
Finch said he didn't think Warne and Renegades' Sri Lankan
recruit Muttiah Muralitharan (0-28 off four overs) had been
suited by the Etihad Stadium pitch.
"I don't think he bowled badly today. The wicket was just
sliding on which probably didn't suit him," Finch said of
"He'll definitely be back. He's the greatest legspinner of
all time so you can't write him off."
Warne wasn't available for interview after the match.
"I'm sure he's disappointed, Shipperd said.
"He'll be back working on his skills and he'll be a different
player next game I'm sure.
"It (the pitch) probably didn't turn at all."
Finch paid tribute to the fighting qualities of his bowlers
after they were looking down the barrel of a big Stars' total
at 1-60 after six overs.
"They've dominated the media. They've dominated with all
their chat," Finch said of the Stars, who had declared they
would go unbeaten through the eight-game season plus the
semi-final and final.
"But to really get out and get one (win) first up was
"I felt like I needed to get some runs to lead from the front
as the new captain," said Finch, who was overlooked for the
2012 World T20.
Shipperd said it was a "no-brainer" that Finch would be
picked for Australia's T20 matches this summer.
"We should have been able to defend 167," Shipperd added.
"We've lost our first game and we were able to regather
ourselves and qualify for the semi-finals (last season). No
The Stars face the Scorchers in Perth on Wednesday while the
Renegades play the Thunder in Sydney on Friday.