Warne and Samuels in ugly on-field spat at MCG

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Updated: Monday, January 7, 2013, 0:21 [IST]
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Warne and Samuels in ugly on-field spat

Melbourne, Jan 6: Shane Warne and Marlon Samuels were involved in an ugly on-field spat during their Big Bash League (BBL 2) Twenty20 match here at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday.

The match between Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades was witness to heated arguments with Warne and Samuels almost coming to blows before umpires Simon Fry and Sam Nogajski intervened and separated the duo.

In front of a domestic record crowd of 46,581, Warne and Samuels were guilty of bringing the game into disrepute.

It all started when Samuels pulled Stars batsman David Hussey's shirt while he was attempting for a second run. It was in the sixth over of the game when Samuels was bowling. This did not go down well with Hussey and Warne, who was watching the game from the dugout.

When Samuels came out to bat, Warne vented his ire at the West Indian by hitting out "F*** you, Marlon." And in the next over, Warne, after fielding the ball hit by Samuels, threw that ball at the West Indian who was in the crease.

Warne's throw hit Samuels and the West Indian was angered by the Australian's action. Samuels was so furious that he tossed his bat towards Warne. However, the bat flew over Warne and did not hit him.

That did not end there. Warne, the captain, seemed to have indicated his bowlers to bowl bouncers at Samuels and one of them from Lasith Malinga in the 13th over hit him in the eye. Samuels top-edged a ball from the Sri Lankan and the ball went through his helmet grille and hit his eye and with blood flowing from his face, he had to retire hurt on 17 and was taken to hospital.

Warne, who was wearing a microphone, a common feature during T20 games to talk to commentators, justified his actions. He asked: "What are you meant to do when someone throws a bat at you?"

The former Australian spinner, later, on the micro-blogging site, Twitter, hoped that Samuels was alright after taking a blow.

He wrote on his twitter page (@warne888), "Well played to @AaronFinch5 again & the renegades, to good... I also hope Marlon Samuels is ok too.. Huge game for us now on tuesday !!!!"

It would be interesting to hear from West Indies legend Vivian Richards on this incident. Richards is with the Stars as team's mentor and saw these on-field ugly scenes, from the dugout.

For the record, Renegades won the match by 9 wickets while chasing a target of 147.

Cricket Australia's (CA) action on the erring players is expected on Monday.


Story first published:  Monday, January 7, 2013, 0:09 [IST]
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