'You feeling thirsty?': Australia's Shane Warne slammed for drinking comments

    Australian cricketer Mitchell Starc douses teammate David Warner in beer in early morning celebrations at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after their World Cup victory.

    Story highlights

    • Australian cricket legend Shane Warne is criticized for post-match interview questions
    • He seemed preoccupied with how Australian team were planning to celebrate World Cup win
    • Critics said the comments promoted an unhealthy drinking culture to sports fans

    (CNN)Australian cricket great Shane Warne has been criticized for promoting an unhealthy drinking culture, following post-match interviews at cricket's World Cup final in which he repeatedly quizzed players about their drinking plans.

    Acting as part of the commentary team for Australian broadcaster Channel Nine, Warne interviewed the victorious Australian players at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the wake of their comfortable win over New Zealand.
      Broadcast live and amplified throughout the stadium, the exchanges -- in which Warne seemed preoccupied with how much the players planned to drink -- prompted a backlash on social media using the hashtag "#thirsty."
      To wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, Warne asked: "You feeling thirsty?"
      Australian cricketing legend Shane Warne, center, celebrates a win in New Zealand in 2000.
      He continued the theme with Steve Smith, asking: "What about you, gonna have a bit of a drink tonight too Smitty? Gonna get thirsty as well? The boys are thirsty they seem."
      Shane Watson and Josh Hazlewood were subjected to a similar line of questioning:
      "So what's the plan, besides lots of drink and that, how long's that gonna last? Just one night, two nights?" asked Warne.

      Twitter backlash

      The comments sparked an immediate reaction on Twitter, with users criticizing Warne for setting a poor example to young cricket fans, and one labeling him a "bogan" -- Australasian slang for an unsophisticated person -- for his line of questioning.