'Waste of $$$$': Warner slams ex-England spinner

Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum may have put on a show at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday night, but the biggest shot of the night game not via the willow, but by the Twitter account of Australian vice-captain David Warner, who took a swipe at ex-England spinner Graeme Swann.

The opener, who has racked up 385 runs across seven digs so far in the current Ashes series, blasted his former adversary as a waste of Channel Ten's money, and made reference to Swann's retirement in 2013, when he walked away from cricket with England 3-0 down in that series.

Australia would go on to win the 2013/14 Ashes in a 5-0 whitewash, with Warner scoring more runs than any other player, and posting two centuries.

Swann was added to the BBL commentary roster this year, along with former teammate Michael Vaughan - and didn't take the jab lying down, responding to Warner's comments with an observation about the Australian's Ashes form at home compared to on tour.

Swann had a valid point, with Warner having posted 556 runs with an average of 37.06 in two series in England, compared with 908 runs at 60.53 against the Old Enemy on home soil.

This is not the first time Warner has clashed with an England player off the field - he was in an altercation with Joe Root in a Birmingham nightclub in 2013, later saying that he felt the current England skipper was poking fun at Muslims; specifically South African batsman Hashim Amla.

The Heat went on to easily win last night's Big Bash game - the tournament continues on Wednesday night with the Melbourne Renegades hosting the Sydney Sixers.

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