The gentlemen's game turned into a wrestling ring of sorts during a game of Twenty20 Big Bash when heated words and aggressive actions were exchanged between Shane Warne, skipper of Melbourne Stars and West Indian Marlon Samuels of Melbourne Renegade at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Australia. The sportsmen it seems took the league's name very seriously (big bash) as they intended to do just the same during the match proceedings.
Warne was suspended for a match and charged $4,500 after being found guilty of three out of the four misconduct charges levied against him. Warne is set to miss the match against Sydney Thunder on January 8 after he decided not to appeal against the ban. The veteran leg-spinner was punished for showing dissent at an umpire's decision, using obscene language and deliberate physical contact. But the charge of throwing the ball at or near the West Indian in an "inappropriate and/or dangerous manner" was dropped.
Warne repeatedly swore at Samuels and then tugged at his shirt at the end of an over during the Renegades’ run chase. He was responding to an incident in the Stars’ innings, in which Samuels appeared to hold back David Hussey as he attempted a run. After the tugging episode, Warne was fielding when he hit Samuels with an underarm throw and the West Indies all rounder responded by hurling his bat down the pitch, forcing the umpires to intervene to restore calm. Samuels later top-edged a Lasith Malinga short ball into his helmet and face and had to leave the field with blood pouring from his head.
Here are some images of the ugly spat that played on at the match...
Shane Warne of the Melbourne Stars has a heated exchange with Marlon Samuels of the Melbourne Renegades during the Big Bash League match. Photo: Getty Images
Shane Warne of the Stars points his finger towards Marlon Samuels of the Stars during the Big Bash League match. Photo: Getty Images
Marlon Samuels (R) of the Melbourne Renegades throws his bat in front of Shane Warne of the Melbourne Stars in a heated exchange during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and the Melbourne Renegades. Photo: Getty Images
Shane Warne of the Melbourne Stars talks to the umpires after his heated exchange with Marlon Samuels. Photo: Getty ImagesThe Australian was however visibly upset with the punishment given and found it too harsh. He tweeted about the same saying, "will take my penalty on the chin, as I was disappointed with some of my actions, in my opinion though the penalty is very harsh...”. Post that dramatic adrenalin rush showed by both the players on the field, Warne was quick to tweet about Samuels, "Well played to @AaronFinch5 again & the renegades, to good... I also hope Marlon Samuels is ok too.. Huge game for us now on tuesday!!!!"
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