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Waugh backs embattled Warnie

By Phil Hamilton 13/08/2003 07:21:59 PM Comments (0)

Test captain Steve Waugh has expressed support for Shane Warne and claimed "enemies in the media" were having a crack at the embattled cricketer.

Waugh said he felt for Warne and his family embroiled in another controversy after South African woman Helen Cohen Alon's claimed the leg spinner pestered her with raunchy SMS messages.

Cohen Alon was reportedly considering coming to Australia next week, saying she would bring evidence to back up her allegations.

Waugh's backing came amid reports that Warne's relationship with senior teammates has cooled since the start of his year-long ban for taking a banned drug.

"I am part of the cricket side and we have some loyalty to each other ... I feel for Shane and what's happened," said Waugh.

"He's human, he makes mistakes and I think he pays for his pretty heavily. I certainly support Shane and his family."

"It's a tough time, a lot of people are sort of kicking the boot in right now and a lot of his enemies in the media are having a crack at him.

"As a teammate I feel sorry for him and what's happened, particularly his family."

Warne had been in hiding since the scandal broke on Sunday.

But he has since been tracked down by television crews at the Victorian bayside town of Sorrento and at his mother's house in Melbourne.

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