Monday, January 7, 2013

Shane Warne spits the dummy

We've been watching a bit of the Big Bash League cricket from Australia over the last couple of weeks. With TVNZ and TV3 having gone into endless movie rerun mode, there's precious little else to watch.

And we watched a bit of the Melbourne derby last night between the Stars and the Renegades. But we'd gone to bed by the time that this happened (apologies in advance for the poor sound and picture quality):

Whilst Marlon Samuels is no goodie-two-shoes, it was Shane Warne who lost the plot. His expletive laden tirade at Samuels, the finger waving, shirt grabbing and abuse was bad enough. But Warne's act of throwing the ball at Samuels in the hope of provoking a reaction was just plain dumb.

Shane Warne has been around cricket long enough to know better. He was so fired up last night that one can't help but wonder if he's taking something other than Botox to make himself attractive and keep himself in peak condition.

This was one of the worst dummy-spits we've seen for many a day; reminiscent of the Dennie Lillee-Javed Miandad spat of many, many years ago. It was a sorry advertisement for cricket, although it will doubtless be a ratings winner for Fox Sport; which is probably fair commentary on the state of the great game of cricket these days.

UPDATE: There will be consequences; we've just seen this on the Big Bash website:

Cricket Australia (CA) has today advised that Shane Warne, Marlon Samuels and Cameron White have been charged with breaching CA’s Code of Behaviour following the KFC T20 Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and the Melbourne Renegades at the MCG last night.

Shane Warne has been charged with four alleged breaches:
• Rule 2.1 – Show serious dissent at an umpire’s decision
• Rule 2.2 – Engage in inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with other players or officials
• Rule 2.5 – Throw the ball at or near a player or official in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner
• Rule 2.6 – Use language that is obscene, offensive or of a generally insulting nature to another player, official or spectator

Marlon Samuels has been charged with two alleged breaches:
• Rule 2.2 – Engage in inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with other players or officials
• Rule 6 – Unbecoming Behaviour, namely that “players and officials must not at any time engage in behaviour unbecoming to a representative player or official that could (a) bring them or the game of cricket into disrepute or (b) be harmful to the interests of cricket.

Cameron White has been charged with one alleged breach:
• Rule 1.2 – Show dissent at an umpire’s decision

Each of the hearings will take place at a time to be shortly determined.
Cameron White at least has an excuse; his LBW decision to Murali was a shocker.

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