Big Bash League 2012-13

Warne banned for one BBL match

Brydon Coverdale

January 6, 2013

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A miked-up Shane Warne remonstrates with Marlon Samuels, Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades, Big Bash League, MCG, January 6, 2013
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Shane Warne might have played his last game of this Big Bash League campaign after being suspended for one match following his ugly clash with Marlon Samuels on Sunday night. Warne, the Melbourne Stars captain, was also fined $4500 following the fracas in the derby against the Melbourne Renegades at the MCG, while Samuels is yet to face his hearing after also being charged over the incidents.

Warne was charged with four breaches of Cricket Australia's Code of Behaviour and found guilty of three; Samuels was charged with two offences. Warne's suspension means he will miss the Stars' last qualifying match at home to the Sydney Thunder on Tuesday and his chances of taking any further part in the tournament will hinge on whether his side, which is one of four sides locked together on four wins in the middle of the points table, reaches the finals.

Warne confronted Samuels physically and verbally during the Melbourne Renegades innings at the MCG, seemingly in retaliation for an incident that had occurred earlier during the Melbourne Stars innings. During that incident, the bowler Samuels grabbed David Hussey by the shirt and prevented him taking off for a second run, a strange act given that Hussey's path had not taken him into contact with Samuels.

Later while Samuels was batting, he took off for a run and turned back, after which Warne came down the pitch and said to Samuels: "You want to grab some more people? F*** you Marlon." Warne, who was wearing a Fox Sports microphone at the time, then grabbed Samuels' shirt, apparently to demonstrate what he felt Samuels had done wrong earlier, and pointed at him threateningly.

The clash continued in the next over when Warne collected the ball running in from the off side and under-armed it into the body of Samuels, who was in his crease not attempting a run. Samuels responded by tossing his bat down the pitch, vaguely in the direction of Warne.

On Monday morning, Cricket Australia confirmed a long list of charges from the incidents. Warne was found guilty of three: showing serious dissent at an umpire's decision; engaging in inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with another player; and using obscene, offensive or generally insulting language to another player. He was found not guilty of throwing the ball at or near a player in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner.

After the hearing, Warne indicated that he would consider appealing the suspension, but later in the day he decided to accept his ban and hoped the Stars reached the finals. In a series of tweets, Warne also expressed disappointment at his own actions.

"I have always been passionate when I play cricket and had the game at heart along with its image..." he tweeted. "I'm disappointed at some of my actions last night as captain & as a player,but I'm also very disappointed at the severe penalty I received!"

Samuels has been charged with engaging in inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with another player; and 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".

However, Samuels ended the match with a potentially serious injury to his eye socket after he top-edged a Lasith Malinga delivery through the grille of his helmet, and any suspension may not affect his availability anyway. The Renegades coach Simon Helmot said Samuels was recovering at the team hotel and would be taking some time off to care for his injury, and a time for his hearing is yet to be confirmed by Cricket Australia.

"We're now waiting for the swelling around his eye to subside before determining the full extent of the blow," Helmot said. "We are also assessing what, if anything, this means in terms of squad composition for the remainder of the tournament and will take action to source an international replacement if necessary."

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Posted by SL_Boy on (January 9, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

Warne was really disappointed when Samuall took Malinga on T20 word cup ... this is a pay back from caption and mate

Posted by   on (January 9, 2013, 3:15 GMT)

@ Big Dog - Way to call it like it is, mate. :)

Posted by   on (January 9, 2013, 0:38 GMT)

Cricket is not only a posh game but also a gentleman's game and what Shane Warne did was not within the spirit and unacceptable. I don't want Cricket to turn like Football or Rugby or whatever where we usually such behaviour almost all the time. That's what makes Cricket unique and something us fans can gladly be proud off.

Posted by Big-Dog on (January 8, 2013, 20:38 GMT)

@puneet Sinha......pot, kettle, black

Posted by   on (January 8, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

Such incidents only happen with Australians, whether it is Samuels against Warne or the Harbhajan incident etc....The common denominator is an Aussie.

Bunch of arrogant racists....

Posted by   on (January 8, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

@Sajid Khan you mean hospitality like Harbhajans? For everyone who has the incidents back to front, Samuels was on the fielding side first and batting side second, not other way around. For the rest of you with obvious sour grapes towards Australians, painting the rest of the cricket world as angels betrays your blindness. To categorise and lump one whole country in one basket is edging on racism is it not?

Posted by   on (January 8, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

@Gupta.Ankur the Windies were great, but did have some fire at times too, no different to anyone else. And you're doing the same again, bunching Aussies into the same basket. That's unsavoury. I agree Warnes ego is way too big. But I don't see that in McGrath - he was and is simply the eternal optimist. And to single him out as a fast bowler involved in incidents reveals your obvious dislike for Australia, for many many fast bowlers are not dissimilar when fired up. And I thought it was Martyn not Ponting who "pushed" Pawar - a cross-cultural indiscretion obviously. @deol84 another unsavoury comment

Posted by Charlie101 on (January 8, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

I have watched Marlon Samuels holding back Hussey but I found it difficult to see if there was a run or not . If there was a run and if by chance there is not an existing cricket law against holding a player then the ICC need to make one quickly and it needs to a draconian such as sending off and an immediate ban from the tournement together with a large fine. I can understand if there was a run Warne being annoyed but he did over react.

Posted by deol84 on (January 8, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

true australian spirit showed by warne,same kind of spirit can be seen on all australian airports specialy when flight are coming from India,pakistan or middel east countries.

Posted by Big-Dog on (January 8, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

Because of his hero status, Warne now believes he is bigger than the game. His behaviour has been appalling all season from mocking Australia's T20 captain on live TV to undermining Nathan Lyon by contemplating a test comeback. This penalty is manifestly inadequate & yet Warne has the temerity to claim he has been hard done by. Time for Warne to quit ALL cricket imho.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (January 8, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

Despicable behavior by Warne and which is precisely why none of the players of the great aussie team od mid 90's is my hero...

Still remember Mcgrath's incidents with many players, Ponting pushing Sharad Pawar on stage in 2006.....there are many of such incidents......

Which is why they are never close to popularity of Windies greats....who were humble.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2013, 4:15 GMT)

i look at the clip of what Marlon samuels did many times , i think he did it in a funny manner just in the spirit of good cricket , now it was a joke to him but probably not to hussy and shane warne because it could have been a run loss by warne's team , but what i dont understand why didnt they just bring the matter to the umpire and if the unpire sees it fit then give them the one run and the game would continue , i think as the captain shanes behaviour was distasteful and inappropriate , and if he was angry at samuels it would have been understood if he had only onced expressed his opinions to sameuls but constantly like that soo many times in the game , listen am a westindian fan and our team is known for being aggressive on the field so the fact that samuels remained so calm after means he acknowledged he what he did was not taken for a joke . but i think shane warne over did it to a point where it was not even cricket aggression , it was like he wanted to fight on the street

Posted by   on (January 8, 2013, 3:20 GMT)

Warne should be banned from cricket.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2013, 3:19 GMT)

Hussey was telling his team mate to run Samuals out when he wondered down his crease to grab his bat; how's he sporting, if anything a instigator

Posted by featurewriter on (January 8, 2013, 3:09 GMT)

I was at the game. This is the second match I've watched with Samuels. The guy needs to be pulled into line. He's had a (BBL) season riddled with controversy. The other night's incident with Warne wouldn't have escalated if the umpires had properly sanctioned Samuels at the time for his breach. You can argue that Warne shouldn't have responded the way he did - but let's remember, it's a response to an action and not an unprovoked action (like Marlon's).

Posted by   on (January 8, 2013, 2:31 GMT)

Probably the only interesting or exciting thing to ever happen in a 20/20 match. Well played Warnie!

Posted by PadMarley on (January 8, 2013, 2:26 GMT)

"Typical Shane Warne attitude. Don't blame him, its in his blood" .. dont blame him??? Dude!! what is wrong is to be blamed irrespective of DNA issues... This is the worse excuse for wrong behavior...

Posted by jmcilhinney on (January 8, 2013, 1:24 GMT)

@Paul Rone-Clarke on (January 07 2013, 16:02 PM GMT), noone denies that Samuels started the whole affair but you can hardly call what Warne did a reaction. Warne's actions occurred much, much later so it was a wilful act, not at all the result of passion as Warne would have us believe. I'm not sure what powers the umpires actually had to act but I doubt that the rules allow them to send a player off as in football or other sports. No doubt that Samuels should and will get punished for his initial act but that was done with and should have been left to the administrators to deal with. It was not Warne's place to take matters into his own hands and extract revenge for his team's honour or whatever other rubbish might be used in his defence. Retaliation at the time could be understood, although even then would warrant sanctions. Retaliation so long after the original event cannot be justified.

Posted by Maxifan on (January 8, 2013, 1:24 GMT)

Pure theatre that went just a tad too far :).

Posted by OMFG on (January 8, 2013, 0:57 GMT)

i think warne is a disgrace to australia.

Posted by boxer44 on (January 8, 2013, 0:55 GMT)

Warnie was all tuff b4 Marlon started his way lmao. He picked the wrong guy it should have been Benn then he would get the lap down he deserved

Posted by trumpoz on (January 8, 2013, 0:06 GMT)

Both players should have received 5-6 match bans and a $10k+ fine. The fact that this didn't happen is an indictment on Cricket Australia.

Samuels: Holding the shirt of an opposition player whilst trying to take a run is cheating in my book. I don't care that he is a guest in Australia, that was a disgraceful display and should be stamped out. Throwing a bat in the direction of a player is another disgraceful act.

I have got no issues with what was said to Samuels - as far as I'm concerned he cheated and deserved every word of it. Had a batsman done the same to a fielder he would have been dismissed for obstructing in the field.It was caught on the microphone and televised, Cricket Australia had to act and Warne got charged. Fair enough.

Warne: He grabbed Samuels, threw a ball at him and abused an umpire. Three disgraceful acts that have no place on a cricket field. He is the greatest leg spinner ever, but to behave in that manner is severly tarnishing that legacy

Posted by tofazzel on (January 8, 2013, 0:06 GMT)

Shane Warne added a bit more shame for cricket expressing unexpected action in BBL. But happy to learn that he himself is disappointed at his behavior. He is considered to be one of the great players of the game; We hope he would avoid controversy of any kind for the sake of the game and his own cricketing image.

Posted by Erebus26 on (January 7, 2013, 23:54 GMT)

@weenmcqueen - I'm a bit of cynic too and I would like to add that Marlon Samuels has probably been the key player for the Windies throughout 2012.

Posted by disco_bob on (January 7, 2013, 23:52 GMT)

When Samuel's grabbed his shirt, Hussey should have taken a dive in the penalty area and then he'd get a free 6

Posted by creekeetman on (January 7, 2013, 23:50 GMT)

@ bajecric... very fair opinion, i agree with you 100%.

Posted by PYC1959 on (January 7, 2013, 23:38 GMT)

Finally some life and spark added to what is a very long and boring competition, should be more of it. Sport is a duel between people/teams and there should be some agro in thre......... keep it up, after all no one got hurt and next time these two come together I bet all you do gooders and ggody two shoes will be watching... hypocrits!

Posted by swervin on (January 7, 2013, 22:34 GMT)

nothing wrong with a bit of passion by both players, samuels probably shouldn't have grab and the guy and thrown the bat and warney shouldn't have thrown the ball at him, but a bit of entertainment... no big deal - who would have thought these guys actually take 20-20 seriously, hey?

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 22:23 GMT)

Warne is a highly talented cricketer - one of the greatest bowlers ever - but basically a bully underneath.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 21:35 GMT)

The problem lies in that there are players who think they are bigger than the game. Warne has always behaved as if he is. The thing is now is that he is a has been playing in, lets face it a not all that important game of cricket, by that I mean it is not test cricket or an international. Then he had the arrogance to say his penalty was harsh. The guy needs to be taken to task or told to just go into retirement for good. Having said that I hope that Samuels is sanctioned too for grabbing David Hussey. What on earth was he doing ? Anyway it was a deplorable incident for which there was no excuse for. Warne was a great bowler, one of the best of all time but he needs to be put in his place.

Posted by weenmcqueen on (January 7, 2013, 21:27 GMT)

If one wanted to be cynical, and following on from the story that channel 9 are unhappy with Cricket australia for selecting a second string team for the upcoming one dayers vs Srilanka and WI, one might think that someone may have suggested to Warney to reach into his non-bowling bag of tricks and try to whip up some fervour ahead of the one dayers. Like a typical boxing match press conference to wet the appetite. Aust v WI just got some new spice. One of the best commentary snippets ever when Viv was on screen. "Ïf he gets on the field everyone will cool it!" Awesome. I think it was Damien Fleming

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 21:22 GMT)

ok let look back at aussie in barbados remember mike bevan was run out by sherwin campbell when bevan run into Reon king but the aussie spite him by doing samething to campbell a bajan .Bajan did react it was not nice but i like it show how aussie think do for do

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

Marlon Samuel shouldn't have pulled Hussey's jersey and he did over react by throwing the bat but Shane Warne's conduct was insane.He needs needs some sort of anger management training as well as psychiatric help.Warne deserves an ICC award for the most disgraceful,shameful,distasteful,disgusting,uncultured,malicious,unsporting, ungentleman like conduct in cricket.Both Warne and Samuels have been served severe penalties before,looks like they'll both be going down that road again.Hussey and Malinga should be congratulated for showing good character and sportsmanship in the midst of all the turmoil.

Posted by janoodot on (January 7, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

Shame on u Shane Warne! It was a very disgraceful behaviour, specially for a senior player like Warne. Once Marlon threw the bat & came forward, the pretended to be like a bulldog Warne, step back like a pussy cat. lols. Sorry to c Samuels got injured by a Slinga ball. Get well soon!

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

so how did the ball get through Marlon's helmet grill?

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

Typical Shane Warne attitude. Don't blame him, its in his blood. I thought his behavior towards KP was even more stupid than this. Here atleast Samuels was retaliating.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 18:05 GMT)

i think shane warne took a good stand for his team specially considering what samuels did with david hussey. Emotions tend to come out in sports. Nothing wrong in it. It was fun to watch. It brought a lot of excitement to the viewers as well. If shane warne got heavy punishment then samuels should be treated equally as well afterall he was the one who started it first.

Posted by K.A.K on (January 7, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

Good for BBL. controversies bring more attention to the game. keep it up.

Posted by chamilrohana on (January 7, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

I think Malinga has given Marlon the punishment he deserved for the initial incident which starts all... Yet, Ausies we all know how pathetic they are in the field (Off the field they are good gentlmen) which is only a one incident of many they have involved.. Having knowing the fact that he is with his MIKE on, Warne did a drama over the little incident which barely would have been forgotten. Throwing the bat, Marlon did react and shown the anger he posses. Thats is a good reaction though illegal in cricket, yet good agreesion over ausi players who are always asking for a fight.... One example, Sri Lanka Won the world cup in 96 by not letting ausi anger and over reaction getting on to them and passing to ausies. As mark taylor had said over losing WC 1996" they palyed our game".

Posted by NikhilNair on (January 7, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

Shameful act by Warne. In my opinion, Samuels did well to keep his anger in control. I would've went about reacting in a very different manner... who cares at that point if he's a legend or a newbie.

Posted by CortoffPoint on (January 7, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

I believe the punishment for Warne has been lenient and he should get a significant ban for his atrocious behavior - no professional player should have to experience that abuse whilst on the field of play - however on the lighter notes Samuels has been 'chucking' the ball at batsmen for the last 18 months but no official stance has been brought forward.

Posted by BahrumPrangRocky on (January 7, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

I am a cricket fan. I watch & enjoy only one game regularly which is cricket. I, probably all sports-lovers, do not expect such shameful incidence from any legend player.

Posted by Erebus26 on (January 7, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

It looked to be great theatre but it all got a bit out of hand. Samuels did tug Hussey and the Stars should've been awarded penalty runs, with Samuels given the appropriate fine but it wasn't like Marlon shoulder barged him or pulled him over. As for Warne, it was part showmanship and part gamesmanship. He tried to put pressure on Samuels and play up for the cameras at the same time. However he took it too far and hence I feel the fine to be correct. Whilst I'm not going to go overboard and say "it was a disgrace to cricket" and all that, it did look ugly and didn't set a good example for the watching public. Both guys are now probably ashamed at the way they behaved. Kudos to Malinga for showing concern after he hit Samuels.

Posted by mohammed_indian on (January 7, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

aussies have a very very very loooong history of showing descrimination and racisim against any team on field i could remember. i think icc should take this very very seriously and punish warne for procastinating marlon. he should be at least banned for a year from international cricket.

Posted by WishW on (January 7, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

disgraceful Warne..this is why Murali will be remembered as a far better,complete cricketer and gentlemen than Warne will ever be...disgraceful!

Posted by bumsonseats on (January 7, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

i enjoy the big bash, better than the ipl. what gets me is the same players seemed to get miced up every match. warne was a great cricketer but even liz cannot get the mongrel out of him, with her help i would have thought she could shown him what manners are. he talks as he bowls which i would have thought would put the batters off. but you got to laugh as he comes in this will be the slider or one of his variations and it goes sailing over his head for 6 great fun the great mans 0 for 42 of 2 overs was most enjoyable.as i said i enjoy the bigbash.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Is this something new in Australian Cricket. Dont we remember the Denis Lillie kicking Javed Miandad incident, or the Mcgrath/Dravid incident and it goes on & on. Australians have always been bad sportsmen & time & again they have proved it. (Posted by MHMS)

Posted by Warrior868 on (January 7, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

OH PLEASE ! Samuels barely tugged his shirt. Hussey and Warne overreacting to nothing

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

Seems a lot of people did not watch the game. The first physical contact was SAMUELS grabbing HUSSEY to prevent a run being taken. Everything after that was a result of that action and the umpires inability to react appropriately - which in my mind should have been to ban Samuels from the game immediately for blatent cheating and subsequently given a hearing where - if he had no reasonable reason for deliberately trying to prevent Hussey taking a run - he should have been banned from the tournament.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (January 7, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

@whofriggincares better recheck less than and greater than sign.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

i watched the youtube and it was awesome!!! dont make a big deal out of it

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

for two players of such great quality, they have truly let us down as fans with such a display. two wrongs certainly would never make a right, and shane warne should have exercised better judgement and conduct esp a man of such high caliber and who many fans, myself included, admire.esp a for captain Sharne & one of the best in the world in all form of the game Samuel but you see in think the big gun all ways win

Posted by Metman on (January 7, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Warne acted disgracefully for something that was not his business,even assaulting a player,and was given a one match ban....therefore Samuels should ONLY get a reprimand...WE WILL WAIT AND SEE ! He also did the same thing (hurling the ball at the batsman,and not at the stumps ) against Flintoff sometime ago.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

Warne is a flawed genius. He knows his prime is past and is finding that hard to handle. He continues to play here and there; can't perform as before and gets even more frustrated. Time for him to just chill and accept that his time in the sun is over. Time to ride off into the sunset with dignity. What he has done for the game is priceless. No one will deliver another "Ball of the century". Now its best to don the commentator's garb and just enjoy the newer stars emulate the gods of the past.

Posted by Bajecric on (January 7, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

I am a West Indian...I have always admired Warne...He is the Greatest Spin Bowler of All Time...My opinion is he got involved in a situation which was between David and Marlon...Should Warne be angry about the Incident between David and Marlon...Ofcoarse...But as the old addage goes...2 wrongs don't make a right...Warne was wrong to initiate physical contact with Marlon (by pulling his shirt then striking him with the ball) regardless of what what said...He just...in my mind...AS A GREAT...Made himself look small engaging a pretty AVERAGE player in Marlon Samuels

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (January 7, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

If a murder is equal to slapping, I think what Samuels did is equal to Shane's action. That's all I have to say. If you have eyes, open it and see.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

A lots of u guys r talking out of anger its not the first time a player try and stop some one from taking a run in a playful manner for i think thats exactly what samuels was doing i don't see the play but i think if its was a good chance for the second run samuels wouldn't have done it on the other hand warne escalate it into what in turn out to i warne was so hurth by what samuels did he should speak to him immediately let him no he didn't like it or speak to one of the macth official i think if warne team did have a chance to win the game what took place wouldn't have happen he realize he was loosing the game and he took out his anger the wrong way i alway have respest for warne and still do only thig i am disappointed in him the way he delt with it

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

If it weren't in australia warne would have kept his cool. One can see it all through his life and game. I pity him and just one game tells everything about CA.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

Probably the only interesting or exciting thing to ever happen in a 20/20 match. Well played Warnie!

Posted by whofriggincares on (January 7, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

@jeya karoshan kulan, you asked the question here is the answer murali 176 wickets vs bangladesh and zimbabwe and SK WARNE 16 VS BANG and ZIM. Murali is a great cricketer one of the best . But Warney is the best ever ,he had to bowl after McGrath and co against the best teams and still dominated. Muralis legacy will be to show just how great Warney was.The stats confirm this.

Posted by 007Atti on (January 7, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

I think Shane Warne is role model for new comers in Australia, if hero is doing these type of things. what you can expect from new comers. The way Shane warne was behaving to Samuel like dictating or treating him like animal and finger pointing with pulling off his shirt. I think Shane Warne should accept he was arrogant on this point and publically apology if he still wants some respect from cricket loving world.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

Samuels acted disgracefully by grabbing david Hussey and Hussey's side should have been awarded 5 penalty runs. However, this was no excuse for what Warne did.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (January 7, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

What! Warne gets only 1 match ban and a small fine?! Australian board being bias, what is this? I smell corruption, i saw the incident and warne should get a more hefty fine and if Samuels gets a harsh penalty (i.e. more than a 1match fine) thats injustice!! IMHO Warne was mostly in the wrong, and the hussey-samuels incident didnt involve Warne!

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

Why can't cricket come up with a batsman helmet that properly protects the players?

Field hockey goal keepers helmets are worn by players facing a ball of similar size and weight to a cricket ball that can come at them at over 200kmh. If they get hit the helmet (which is internally stressed) "pops" to absorb a large part of the momentum, and they then take it off and press it back in to place. Additionally, the grill will not allow a ball through at all.

Posted by whofriggincares on (January 7, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

@SIRSOBERZ, I must have missed something in the 90's . What happened last night was BAD, but to compare it too anything that happened while Australia ruled the cricket world is sour grapes at its worst. To get mentioned in the same breath as the windies team of the 80's is enough for me.It shows that people who love the game realise that our team is in the top 2 ever. How many english or SA teams even come close? That team contained two shoe ins for the best team ever (Warne and Gilchrist) and one that is in a race with 4 others (McGrath). Has england even got 1 player in the best ever? Maybe WG if the selection panel was born at the turn of the century.The sleeping giant is awakening and everyone is scared.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

we need a yellow and red card system to be brought into cricket

Posted by gudolerhum on (January 7, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

It is always amusing to read the comments from WI supporters. Their team of the 1970s and 80s were angels, never misbehaved, did nothing wrong and were always gentlemen on and off the field. I guess Sir Vivian (then just Viv) was going to the press box to just chat with the journalist when he failed to lead the WI team on to the field in Antigua? The fast bowlers were always "in your face" but maybe they were just apologising for nearly knocking the batsman's head off. In those days there were no mikes around to catch the apologies. Fair & balanced as the Windies always are. Samuels has reverted to his original bowling action & is being allowed to get away with it. He even does it in the more serious forms of the game. Unless he is subjected to another remedial process it is going to get totally out of hand and there will be serious repercussions sooner or later. He appears totally lacking in sportsmanship & has a similar 'don't care demeanour' that characterises Chris Gayle.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

This is just an example of Aussie's arrogance how crazy they are at the field. The so called English people have always been victim of this arrogance through sledging.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

I suppose Warne can count himself lucky it was not Runarko Morton(God rest his soul) or Viv Richards or he would have got that bat wrapped around his bloody stupid Aussie head. He is complete asshole and he has proved that time and time again.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

typical australian arrogance, nothing new .one of the many reasons why i alaways say its a cardinal sin for any west indian to support australia for any reason for anything

Posted by balajeev on (January 7, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

Shane Warne loves attention. Give him a microphone, a stage like the big bash and this is what he'll do.

Posted by gudolerhum on (January 7, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

@vish2020 - obviously you either did not see Samuels's totally uncalled for action against David Hussey, pulling his shirt to stop him taking a second run, or you think that is an acceptable act. That is or was until Samuels introduced it, unheard of in cricket. Warne totally over-reacted but that is expected from Warne and he must be punished. Samuels's action was not totally unexpected because he always carries an 'attitude' with him and this is not his first brush with the rules of the game. He must also be punished, he started the whole dispute. I hope his eye injury is not career threatening as Malinga is not a spin bowler and the blow could have serious consequences.

Posted by SL_Boy on (January 7, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

hmmm... Malinga .... i was waitng Samual and Malinga clash

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

I always thought Warne had a short fuse, the only problem is his is usually half lit most of the time!

Posted by Yoker111 on (January 7, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

Mlainga gets revenged for T20 final on a solid day of cricket. Even gentlemen get aggressive, deal with it. its all part of the game.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

T20 format and all the "premier" leagues are there for three reasons entertainment, entertainment and entertainment. You are fooling yourselves if you think there is any "real cricket" on display. Such altercations, sledging, retaliations and in-the-face standoff sure gets adrenaline pumping through players and fans alike. I say make it a part and parcel of the T20 package and enjoy them in every game if possible. You can always train these paid professionals on when to start and where to stop and hand out punishments if they cross those limits. :)

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

Maybe Renegades are supposed to act a certain way??

Posted by duzz_ormega on (January 7, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

has anybody realised that warne looks like a smaller version of david hasseloff?

Posted by Ajronald on (January 7, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

I think, it is time to bring a rule that two fights are allowed per innings in BBL/BPL/SLPL/IPL etc., so that cricket can attract some WWE fans :-)

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

I bet Sreesanth and Harbhajan are sorry they couldn't be there to join the fun.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

I think the game of cricket needs more aggression!

Posted by kc69 on (January 7, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

I was shocked to look at such incident on cemera and i believe its not only fault of both players(Warne's fault was a bit more) but also other players in team(Especially Melbourne Stars and what about umpires-aren't they supposed to stop this).I believe aussie's are quality cricketers but this proved once again they are not exactly gentlemen in their game.I believe everyone involved in this got lucky.Very vad image of Aussie cricket.

Posted by vish2020 on (January 7, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

It was all and all Warne's fault! the way he reacted by swearing at him first and grabbing his shirt! Just all the way Aussie's arrogance and non sportsman type of way to play cricket. Samuels should have been sledged with but not this! comman' warne I knew you had no class and thanks for proving me!

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

@sajid khan .. u r right ...

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (January 7, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

Just 1 match ??? Warne's attitude was pathetic on the field ,should have been dealt with severely.. I mean sledging is different and is part of the game but he was just so unpleasant yesterday..

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

Both should be penalize. Samules should be fined.

Posted by spinkingKK on (January 7, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

Warne said that he doesn't agree with the severity of his punishment. Excuse me, would you call that punishment any severe? One match suspension and some $4000 dollar pocket money fine for manhandling a batsman when you have 11 of your team mates behind you, is no fun matter. It is even worse when the attack was unprovoked. Samuels was just batting and didn't provoke anyone at that stage. May be when he was fielding, he made a mistake. If Warne thinks that it was deliberate, he should just let the match referee take the matter up. Sorry, Shane. I may see you face to face again and I will still give you the respect as a great bowler and a fellow human being. But, I don't agree with this behaviour.

Posted by t20-2007 on (January 7, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

The BBL is very boring and non-descriptive prior to this incident.Atleast this warne-smauel gimmick gave the BBL sm media coverage.but i think the whole thing is just a set up!!

Posted by Balumekka on (January 7, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

There's no doubt that Warne and Samuels both should be punished for this ugly incident. But Warne, being one of the greatest cricketers all time, has no excuse for such behaviors. May be Warne used Malinga to give a blow with a well directed bouncer at the end.

Posted by jonesy.2 on (January 7, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

it could only happen to us, if theres an ungentlemanly incident on a cricket field its bound to be Australian. whats worse our rulers seem to condom it by giving him only a 1 game suspension. any other country would have suspended him for 5 to 6 games. we see ourselves as such sportsmen were in reality we only are only so when we are winning its so Australian makes the competition so ineffective.to think we were going to select this guy for an ashes tour even if we just had Lyon i would still not select him.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

When world biggest ego's meet each other this happens, one from the past & one from the modern time. Need to take more tuff actions against these big heads!

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

These aussies are always arrogant, they don't know how to treat their guests. They need to learn some hospitality from the people of sub-continent.

Posted by KurtZWilliams on (January 7, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

Anyone looking at WI cricket over the past year would have seen Samuels do this with a number of other cricketers, all of whom understood the banter invovled with the exception of Hussey. Who despite being sent back by his partner got upset over Samuels antics. Warne thinks he is the judge and jury when on the field and deserves respect. He had no right continuing with the banter atleast not to that level, and therefore deserves the fine as well as samuels reaction. Samuels should have realised that not everyone will see his antics as funny and hopefully he does not do this again.

Posted by shortsillypoint on (January 7, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

Just makes you regret that there aren't more Micheal Husseys in the cricket world. Mr Cricket didn't sledge according to Russel Arnold and seemed a gracious player as well as a complete professional for his team. Warney is a joke by comparison.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

Personally, I have lost all respect for Warne He should retire again and this time no one will miss him. I hope that Marlon is OK and I must say thanks to Murali for showing some concern to Marlon. Shame on the other players on the field.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

warne is a legend and has played cricket 4 so many years..what is the need 4 this repulsive behaviour...y shud he stoop 2 the level of samuels..i think both are at fault...this is not expected from the great shane warne

Posted by inefekt on (January 7, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

Are you people for real? Some of these comments are disgraceful. Samuels physically accosted Hussey and Warne has a jab at him later on in defence of his team mate and Warne is the bad guy? Sure he should have shown more tact knowing he had the microphone on but to call Warne the aggressor when he was simply sticking up for his team mate after Samuels' physical altercation with him is absolutely delusional. I guess you guys will take any excuse to deride the great Aussie players who tormented your teams over many, many years.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

Grabbing an opponents shirt to prevent them running isn't "strange" it's "cheating". He should have been removed from the game immediately and banned from the tournament. The umpires shoud have taken control of this matter far earlier. It shouldn't have been up to Warne to get upset, the umpires should have done their job straight away and Samuels should have already been removed from the game.

Posted by DrTchock on (January 7, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

It has no place on a cricket field, obviously but, it was much more WWE than it was UFC! Quite funny really, as opposed to being enormously offensive. One thing for certain fact though, had it been UFC and a real scrap, my money would have been in one place, and one place only. And that would definitely NOT have been on Warne.....

Posted by Ekanayaka on (January 7, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

Cricket has long ceased to be the 'gentleman's game' . As played by all nations it has become a playground for personal abuse, cheating and dishonesty, violence, hatred, the pursuit of money, and selfishness. When a batsman is given out when he is plainly not out - in reality the bowles has achieved nothing. Yet they go wild with ecstacy - why because the end justifies the means and to their perverted minds getting the batsman off the pitch by hitting his head with a pole is just as much cause for rejoicing as bowlinghim out with the unplayable delivery !. That is the prevailing culture of cricket and it follows the degeneration of values in all other spheres of human endeavour.

Posted by warrenwhite on (January 7, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

Shane Warne's actions were inappropriate. He has received the penalty warranted. However, where is the ICC or ACA in this? Samuels blatantly throws the ball, this has been the trigger point all summer, ie Lehman and Berry. Lehman gets fined for stating what any cricket watcher sees.

Posted by shan.shan on (January 7, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

Shane warne was behaving like a 20 years Lad even i think Lad wud b far better than him he iz bloody crap n shud b banned 4ever

Posted by dariuscorny on (January 7, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

Samuels thinks he is greats of modern day cricket just becoz of his fluke batting in t20 world cup,that made him over conffident and behave like bully.he has a record of being a bad boy before.as far warne is concerned i dont see him fueding with some one without a reason,it was samuels who started it.....

Posted by Nathan_123 on (January 7, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

Cricket suppose to be a gentleman's game! This is why millions of parents want their kids to play this game, which teaches them discipline, respect, self control etc. Warnie's behavior was the most despicable behavior I have ever witness on a cricketing field. This is why I never rated this guy as a great bowler, because he relied too much on verbal abuse to distract batsmen.

Posted by TheOnlyEmperor on (January 7, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

I am not surprised by this "slap on the wrist" punishment on Warne. Marlon acted in jest when he held on to Hussey's shirt. Warne's action was boorish... and this is the bowler whom the Aussies and the English consider to be THEIR "greatest ever"...

Posted by Newlandsfaithful on (January 7, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

They already have Aussie rules football, why not Aussie rules cricket complete with violent behaviour and foul language. Put an age restriction on it too. Cross between cricket and wrestling. A whole new marketing approach for the BBL.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

What is the different between great Murali and Warne?

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

@Webba84 Hussey was trying to run out Samuels while the umpires were trying to bring the situation under control. Another disgraceful Aussie. Hence the use of the term "Aussies."

Note: West Indians will never forget the disgraceful acts of past Aussies, including Healy, Steve Waugh, McGrath, Julian, and Ponting in various matches over the past two decades.

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 7, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

Disappointed with Hussey's bat pointing antics too esp when you consider he "innocently" stuck his hand out to prevent a throw from running him out in the Aust vs India ODI last summer. Sheer hypocrisy. No doubt Huss fuelled matters by stoking up ShaMe Warnie during the innings break. It was some 20 overs later when ShaMe demonstrated his latest b ehaviour issues.

Posted by lebigfella on (January 7, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

Thirdly... Warne finally got the reaction he wanted by lightly flicking the ball to the 'keeper only for Samuels to get in the way... worse intent has been showed by many bowlers & fielders in the past BUT if the ball doesn't hit the generally nothing is done (or if so on a low key level) The worst part of the whole childish & massively inflated fiasco was Samuels throwing his bat... that could've gone anywhere... The language, the squaring up, the banter & the handbags is part of professional sport... I am not condoning this I am merely saying passion, egos and aggro is all part of professional sport... Both should be fined the same... Ironically Warne's raised eyebrows have raised a few eyebrows!!!

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 7, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

I'm sure Warne's kids are real proud of him. Daddy would have explained how he was right and the rest of the world was wrong.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (January 7, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

One of the modern sporting role models of Australia upholding the larrikin reputation of his country! BBL is sold as entertainment, loosely based on the game of cricket, but with more of this type of boorish behaviour it might as well be professional wrestling! Give SW this: he picks his moments. The G quite well packed, a local derby, wired up to add spice to the TV experience.. He knew precisely what he was doing; this was no sudden loss of equilibrium.. Well worth a one-match ban! I can bet now that he'll be on the mic even if he's not playing. He should have been banned from entering the ground & standing out for just a single match is risible!

Posted by lebigfella on (January 7, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

I have watched this a couple of times... it is not disgusting or disgraceful... it is however massively blown out of all proportion... Firstly, Samuels tugs - lightly - at David Hussey... the second run wasn't even there. It also looked a bit of a wind up & gamesmanship from Samuels BUT nothing too serious... people have got away with worse. Secondly Warne's reaction was that of a man with waning powers not getting the respect on the pitch he still feels he deserves... in his pomp this may not have happened and Warne would be winding Samuels up with banter, full range of his repertiore etc. etc. Samuels doesn't seem to respect past reputations... and rightly so... a bit part of cricket is psyche!!!

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 9:55 GMT)

You have blinders on @Walpita. Sick of the behaviour of these guys. Sick of Samuels behaviour. Can understand Warnes anger. But also tired of Warnes ego. I know he's a legendary spinner, but his ego is too big. At the moment feelings are I hope neither Renegades nor Stars make grand final. Samuels been in too many altercations and Warnes ego is too big. Be good to see two other teams fight it out in the grand final.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

We are totally disappointed with the behavior of both the players , Samuel as well as Shane Warne. But the latter overstepped all limits of decencies. In fact it was he who provoked the West Indian player.

It was wrong on the part of Samuels to throw the bat in the air and he was wrong on the part of Samuels to pull up the shirt of David Hussey as well.

What happened at Big Bash yesterday, is reminiscent of an incident in which Javed Miyandad had raised his steel bat in the air aimed at Deniss Lillee.

One man suspension is pretty less given the nature of crime committed by Shane Warne. !

Posted by Degree on (January 7, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

I watched this game and was disgusted by the actions of Warne. Warne intentionally made something out of nothing, there was absolutely no way the batsman could have gone for a second run if u watch the replay. Samuels was just having some fun as the west indies are want to do,and I don't think Hussey or Warne took kindly to a west indian laying hands on an australian, clear as day that was. In addition, after the incident when u listen to the banter between warne and the commentator, it was clearly part of a ploy to rile up the batsman to get him out. warne is lucky he didn't leave the fiel with a bloody face in place of samuels in my opinion, who was by far the better man.

Posted by KosalaDeSilva on (January 7, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

Is he the legend cant pass the ball without hitting a batsman?

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

it always seem to b aussies fault... y don't ppl look at thr own playrs b4 pointin fingrs at australians... warne has been playin cricket 4 mre dn 2 decades... since pple r jealous of his achievements dey nvr lv a chnce 2 point fingrs at him... nd since cricket australia board wnts foreign plyrs 2 come n play in bbl de r nt punishin samuels who was banned 4 2yrs 4 match fixin... it's farce!!!

Posted by Antomann on (January 7, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

@ Walpita - yeah, neutral umpires were a great innovation. Just ask all the poor players who had to tour Pakistan in the 70s and 80s. As for Warne, the guy was the best bowler the world has ever seen, he should be able to do whatever he likes whenever he wants.

Posted by tigerian on (January 7, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

Its a pity that Shane Warne is so different to the normal Australian cricketers. The Australian sportsmanship and fair play is exemplary and every cricketer needs to model themselves on the fair and sportsmanlike way Australia plays. Most Australians will disassociate themselves from warne's antics as it doesnt represent the wonderful examples set by Johnson, siddle Bird , clarke Hussey and the rest . Its good tough and very very fair cricket .

Posted by Webba84 on (January 7, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa The Aussies? You see more than one Australian involved in this? Dont insult us by lumping us all in with Warnes disgraceful behavior. And if you are going to generalize be so good as to insult the entire West Indies for one persons behaviour too.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

wow now fist fights cricket is getting exicting

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

Oh come on, its just a marketing gimmick (or so i feel). I have a gut feeling Warnie and Samuels would be having a laugh at it together,,.after the match. But Front foot lunge's comment on Broad, now thats serious. I've always felt some players (be it India or England or any other country) are being shielded. Thats serious!. As for Warnie, we all know he wouldnt deliberately want to hurt anyone :) He is all heart and passion!. Heck we indians have been on the receiving end many times too, but all is well after some time ;). Or i guess i just love Warnie too much :/ , so im sorry if i sound biased.By the way, wish i could see the game! it almost sounds like a rough rugby match or a soccer match :D .

Posted by thegoodgame on (January 7, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

What was the umpire doing when Marlon first pulled David Hussey's shirt? Why did the umpire not immediately warn/penalise him? If that was done then perhaps Warne may not have been provoked to retaliate...not justifying Warne's retaliation though - its in bad taste especially from such a legendary cricketer. Both deserve severe punishment - dont want such behaviour to be tolerated in any game anywhere.

Posted by madaboutcricketabhijit on (January 7, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

Warne did go over the top, this time not as a batsman but with his verbal volleys. Warne got what he deserved but in my opinion Marlon Samuels is equally responsible as he was the one who started it all.. Warne simply finished it the Aussies way!

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

If it wasn't for this article on cricinfo,I wouldn't noticed that the BBL was taking place in ausatralia.

Posted by magpie22 on (January 7, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

I see history is being rewritten again. Lillee tapped Miandad's pad with his foot, so how could that be described as a kick from behind? Then Miandad raised his bat as if to strike DK. Please get facts right. BTW, I think Marlon grabbed D. Hussey as a bit of a lark and not to prevent a run. Warne way over-reacted.

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (January 7, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

If he was a member of my England team, there would've be no sanction. As most likely it would have been Broad, who's tempestuous nature illustrates all thats wrong with English cricket (pretty boy on then outside, boorish on the inside) and he would have been shielded by his father being the match referred.

Posted by edrich on (January 7, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

Good.Horrible behaviour in a ghastly tournament. His later years in Test cricket were characterised by boorishness and unnecessary pressure on umpires. The less we hear about this individual the better and most definitely not from a commentary box.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (January 7, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

Nothing new from the Aussies, same old theme when it comes to being unsporting.

Posted by Walpita on (January 7, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

Australian way of playing cricket, kudos, puny Miandad - amazing! Is this the way of playing cricket. I heard many a time from Australian players that sledging is a part of cricket! sorry! We all know how bad Australian cricket was before the introduction of neutral umpires and match referees. They had players who did not walk even after caught at second slip during the infamous 75-76 series against the West Indies. According to Walter Hammond even Don Bradman had stayed after being caught at slip! They had umpires who gave Sri Lankan batsmen out LBW when they played even out side the leg stump line in 95/96 Test and one day series. Yes, good ways and means of cricket! Unfortunately the other teams do not have the likes of Charlie Griffiths, Harold Larwoods or Malcolm Marshalls now.

Posted by babu_arun on (January 7, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

He is legend and many young bloke follow him and this is real shame and he should conduct himself much better on the field.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

@Arrow011 I think you should follow another sport mate. You sound like you have some anger issues with a touch of self righteousness.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 8:33 GMT)

This is surely not cricket, come people grow up..

Posted by T-800 on (January 7, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

Now we know why Warney was never made captain by the Australian Cricket board. Warne and his team might have had reason to feel aggrieved but this is no way for a cricket captain to behave and a poor advertisement for the game. Presumably Marlon Samuels did something very offensive which was the trigger for all this but the right remedy would have been to take it up with the cricket administration. Warnes behavior was outrageous and no way for a captain to behave. Apart from the cricket aspect of it, time for some anger management classes for Warney

Posted by tigerian on (January 7, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

I was really disappointed with the light penalty . why didnt Warne get a bigger penalty for a blight on the game and bringing cricket into disrepute. He should have been suspended for the remainder of the season . Ian

Posted by Musafir366 on (January 7, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

Its new when it comes to Australain team. They always act like spoiled children but of course we cant change, its in their blood. Nature cant be changed. criminals will remain criminals.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

Probably the only interesting or exciting thing to ever happen in a 20/20 match. Well played Warnie!

Posted by Arrow011 on (January 7, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

It reminds me of Lillie kicking Miandad from behind, I would love to see that over & over again to see the puny miandad's harmless reaction. Here Warne is right, he just wanted to teach Marlon some lesson & even it wont be surprising if Malinga comes out & says Warnie only asked me to bowl a bouncer at Marlon. Kudos to the Australian way of playing cricket. LOL!

Posted by henrystephen on (January 7, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

FOX will probably pay Warne and Samuels the $4500 twice - over for 'spicing things up'. If this happened in a test match it would be a major incident, but this is the kind of rubbish that goes hand in hand with T20.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

The whole business sounds disgraceful. Furthermore, how pathetic of Warne to call this conduct "passionate" and to be "disappointed" at his own behaviour but "very disappointed" at the punishment. How about developing some "passion" for dissuading those who regard you as a role model from engaging in such ugly conduct on the pitch?

Posted by Punters_Mate on (January 7, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

There is no justification for Warnes behaviour and 1 match ban seems very light. Samuels however cannot be forgiven by what Warne has done 2 hours after his own appalling action. To grab hold of a batsman to prevent a run would be one of the most serious "crimes" in any form of cricket. It cannot be explained away as inadvertant or accidental. It was deliberate cheating and if a batsman interfered with a fieldsman in similar fashion would have been dealt with immediately by the batsman being given out. Lets not overlook the inactivity of the umpires during both incidents when they were mere spectators when decisive action was required.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (January 7, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

Hahaha !! i love Warne !! this guy is a character.

So is Samuels !

These types of face-offs are really needed to keep the viewers interested.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

how will warne afford that fine....

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 7, 2013, 7:15 GMT)

Just as I supported Miandad for wanting to blow Denis LIlly's head off for kicking him from behind, im with Warne on this one. What business is it of Samuels to grab the batsman is not heard off before, its like a NFL style tackle or the things we see in football all the time. Absolutely disgraceful by samuels, however Hussey should have reacted with calmness or hostility at that time and the matter probably wouldn't have gone that far. Still, good on you Warne, Samuels deserved this.

Posted by eng_mdkhan on (January 7, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

This is the reason why I love it when Australians are brought to their knees in defeat. Whatever Marlon Samuels was trying to do he did not even properly grab the batsman nor was it such that it prevented him from taking the second run, it was never on to begin with. Lost the match, got fined and banned for the next....alls well that ends well.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (January 7, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

Although I confess I haven't seen any footage of this, it all sounds rather ugly. I'd be very interested to know what Samuels was thinking because it sounds like a very odd thing to do and there's no way you could get away with doing something like that. Even though Samuels was the instigator of the original incident though, I don't think that that can be a mitigating factor in Warne's defence. It's not like Warne acted in the heat of the moment; his infraction occurred much later. The umpires and administrators would have already have had the whole thing in hand and Samuels would have already been facing disciplinary action, but Warne just couldn't let someone else think that they'd got one over on him and, in doing so, caused a bad incident to get much worse. It seems like everyone's toys are out of the pram.

Posted by warnerbasher on (January 7, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

The bloke is an oaf who if he wasn't one of the greatest spinners of all time would be propping up a bar in up country Victoria. Kudos to Samuels who managed to contain himself when he would have been within his rights to flatten Warne. Liz had to widen all the doors at her place so Warne could fit his head through.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

Maybe CA weren't all that far off not appointing Shane Warne as captain of the Australian team after all. With this I'm not saying he would have been a bad captain, merely that he's not in charge of his passion for the ganme all the time. There's no harm in being passionate for the game, but it's not so good a trait if you're captain of a team, as is demonstrated by this incident, which costs him a match. A match in which he will be missed.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

its an bad incident if some one is in autralia shane warne have to respect

Posted by farhan4050 on (January 7, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

This is seriously very bad from Warne. Having a experience of 15 Years + in International cricket, doesn't only make you good in bowling but even makes you good morally. This is seriously a shame to Australia Cricket. I pity Samuels. If i would have been Samuels, i could have buried Warne right down the ground on the spot! A suspension of 1 match is totally not enough. He should be banned for at least 1 year and chargen around $20000!

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

It seemed Warne was trying to create interest in an otherwise boring league

Posted by S.Jagernath on (January 7, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

Marlon Samuels started the whole problem,you can't blame a captain standing up for his players.Umpiring was horrid also,the Stars seem to be getting it rough.West Indians lack discipline,look at Pollard celebrations,Tino Best's behaviour & even Kemar Roach gets involved regularly.

Posted by 5udh33r on (January 7, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

1?? Should be banned for life.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (January 7, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

Marlon Samuels started the whole problem,you can't blame a captain standing up for his players.Umpiring was horrid also,the Stars seem to be getting it rough.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

Jeh put it very well in his piece on Cricinfo. This behaviour is intolerable, the lack of remorse unforgivable. Warne should consider himself lucky if he ever plays BB again, not harshly dealt with by missing one match. I have the utmost respect of Warne as a cricketer and cricket analyser. As a person however ...

I don't know Samuels well enough to comment. A dubious bowling action, attitude and tactics seem a large price to pay for having him in the BB.

Posted by SkylaDark on (January 7, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

This is really embarrassing for both teams and players.

Posted by c_Marsh_b_Lillee on (January 7, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

Shane Warne has regularly brought the game of cricket into disrepute. Why is his disgusting behaviour tolerated by cricket authorities, broadcasters and sponsors? Because they make lots of money from him. I think the cricket-watching public have had enough.

Posted by mixters on (January 7, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

Warne always was a hot head and old age seems not to have changed that. As for Samules grabbing Hussys shirt that is cheating pure and simple he had no reason to do this so the act was deliberate, this is coming from a man with an action many call suspect. Or is his bowling just another way he tries to break the rules, it would certaily seem he has no respect for fair play as David Hussy would testify

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

I saw when Warne hit Samuels with Ball...Shameful action!!!!

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

With so much money floating around for players to grab, these type of ugly incidents will grow substantially and will not reduce. The officials should keep this in mind while awarding sentences. The team spends millions for players, can't afford to lose them on a crucial match therefore the punishment should be in terms of monetary value instead of suspension. Probably we could have a point system where each offense carry certain point and once the player reaches the maximum point, he will not be eligible for the next year tournament. This way, the Organizers are punishing the players and at the same time helping the team to get a suitable replacement for the next year.

Posted by Rahul_78 on (January 7, 2013, 5:08 GMT)

Well, it was a disgraceful behavior on both the senior pro's behalf. There are lot of young kids which comprises a large chunk of T20 fan base watching and trying to emulate their hero's out there. Samuels was the instigator and was totally wrong in grabbing Hussey but the way Warne behaved was not up to the mark either. Good to see the authorities responding with some strict penalties and punishments and not backing out or get enormed by the big names.

Posted by dalboy12 on (January 7, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

Glad Warne got a ban --- his foul language wasn't just towards Samuels, the language that concerned me was the stuff directed towards the umpire after he rightly called McKay's wide a bouncer. Warne went of his rocket at that. Cricket can't let that happen or else it will become like football where players seem to think they have the right to mouth of at any of the officials decisions - which personally I think is a very bad look. Don't what Samuels was thinking grabbing Hussey, he probably wasn't and that was the problem it was a brain explosion. Where this is just normal Warne, he's always mouthing of - always has and always will.

Posted by golgoal on (January 7, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

I watched the video on youtube. It's really not as big as it is made out to be.

Posted by disco_bob on (January 7, 2013, 4:30 GMT)

This should be settle off the field like real men. Handbags at 22 yards.

Posted by cheesemethod on (January 7, 2013, 4:28 GMT)

Wouldn't be surprised if Warne leaves the BBL for good to be spiteful. CA need him, he promotes the games so well and brings in the crowds. The BBL needs Warne. Warne on the other hand doesn't need the BBL or the money. The common denominator in all these little clashes are the West Indian players who seem to ooze arrogance. I for one don't have a problem at all with the sledging and chat. Test cricket is a gentlemans game. t20 cricket needs battles and rivals. Test cricket has battles but it comes from endurance and play overtime something that t20 cannot reproduce. t20 is the high paced high energy form which should allow more trash talking than the usual...BUT Touching an opposition player or dangerous play isn't welcome anywhere.

Posted by BnH1985Fan on (January 7, 2013, 4:24 GMT)

Warner has to be the poster boy for t20 cricket

Posted by Sussexx on (January 7, 2013, 4:16 GMT)

Shane Warna has always been a bad boy off screen.......... but this one clearly shows that He is guilty of Everything....... Shame on You Mate ( Shane ) ! Plus You was the Captain too in that game.............. That's how everyone should be treated in the world....... Fact alaways remains fact........ they are all doing on Marlon just because Darren ( Lehmann ) was suspended recent for his Dissent but not because of Marlong Samuels as He doesn't throw the ball like Nathan Lyon does hahahahhaha Just kidding.......... but little bit true as well though, Mate ! Good on You Mate !

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 4:16 GMT)

This is what may be called as australian spirit...shane warne is their idol!!!!! shame on australian cricket

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 4:08 GMT)

A one match ban? Isn't that what captains get for slow over rates? I think this might be a bit more serious.

Posted by PadMarley on (January 7, 2013, 3:57 GMT)

A gentlemens' game played by two hooligans!!

Posted by Cricket_theBestGame on (January 7, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

i've seen the incident and the penalty is a just one against warne. he was acting as he owned the place. running into samuals. whatever samuals did, i'm sure match referee would've brought him to justice for holding on to hussey earlier. warne had no right to do what he did and then throwing the ball at him. samual was right to react the way he did. even fox commentators said that warne had be going at samuls since he arrived (and it wasn't a love poetry either!) and this was just enough for samuals and rightly so. at one point warne was seen winking at the bowler so for him to say he is dissapointed at the penalty is just a lie. then again we expect that from warne!

Posted by ygkd on (January 7, 2013, 3:45 GMT)

Some clubs have been known to have a swearing jar - I reckon $1.00 for every kid in the crowd and at home watching under the age of ten. $4500 may be a bit light on.

Posted by skkh on (January 7, 2013, 3:44 GMT)

As an Aussie I am ashamed of Warne's outburst.Without going into who is in the wrong Samuels or Warne they are acting very very childish indeed. Warne "'was'' a great player but his desire to be in the limelight always is proving an embarrassment for one and all. He retired from the game and it would have been better had he stayed out of it. His contribution in the Big Bash is pathetic and sadly he does not see this side.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 3:41 GMT)

Warne got whart he deserved. He was well over the line with the throwing the ball at Samuels. What Samuels did to stop hussey on a second run was also poor and should be punished. Samuels must have done something as he has upset everyone!

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 3:32 GMT)

While Warnie might have trouble moving his his eyebrows, it's nice to see his mouth still works. Get well Marlon. Although, seriously Marlon, don't go grabbing the runner's shirt...

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 7, 2013, 3:19 GMT)

A more suitable punishment would have been to stop him tweeting about his family. I really don't want to know, why does CricInfo publish his boring tweets on the home page, is there a way to opt out? It gets worse with some other no-name tweeters and their mind-numbing attempts to be humorous.

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 7, 2013, 3:16 GMT)

Still wonderin' why he was never made Australia Captain? You need to demonstrate leadership, that's why.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 3:11 GMT)

This is exactly why players should not be mic-d up! Fair enough it may be fun to some viewers, but a lot of kids would have heard this whole incident.

Posted by whensdrinks on (January 7, 2013, 3:07 GMT)

Hopefully Samuels gets suspended as well. They both acted like spoilt Under12's although Warne was the worst offender. Based on his performance this year a suspension won't hurt his sides chances at all. Time to give it away Shane. On another issue, I am surprised at how poor all the West Indian imports have been. Gayle, Pollard and Samuels have come, collected their money, not tried at all and have underwhelmed at every opportunity. If they were being paid on performance they would struggle to earn their airfare home again.

Posted by FazleAbed on (January 7, 2013, 2:39 GMT)

It was unexpected Shane. :(. What ever marlon done you shouldnt have react.

Posted by fazald on (January 7, 2013, 2:35 GMT)

After all the T20 "Big Bash League" or the IPL is not a gentlemans game. It is a concept where all cricketers from around the world gather to make a fast buck. As such the competition is very high and the players try to out smart each other to achieve their goals to make money. Unlike test criciket or limited overs cricket it is fast paced and the tension is very high every minute. Instead of just coloured clothing the players should wear protective clothing and headgear to protect themselves from any injury while the match is in progress. Even the umpires should consider taking precautions .The Shane Warne and Samuel incident is a typical example where Shane Warne threw the ball at Samuel and Samuel retaliated by throwing the bat at Shane Warne. Fortunately no one was hurt. The incident was sparked off when Samuel grabbed David Husseys shirt while he was trying to take a single which indicates the tussle that goes on in the middle to outsmart each other due to greed.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 2:30 GMT)

CA Also Knew Stars won't go to the Semi's Without Malinga.. so thy ban warne for single match!!

Posted by Boba_Fett on (January 7, 2013, 2:22 GMT)

Disgraceful. One of the worst examples of on-field behaviour I've ever seen and all he gets is a one match suspension?!?

Posted by kingkarthik on (January 7, 2013, 2:10 GMT)

Karma is what one calls this. Samuel popping a ball into his eye socket. First he pulls on Hussey's shirt, disgraceful. But more importantly, remember T20 world cup final? Samuels walloped Lasith Malinga, now Malinga has gotten his back.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 7, 2013, 2:10 GMT)

That is jsut a friendly little slap on the wrist. Probably got paid more from Fox sports for swearing on TV than he got as a fine, not to mention his 70k a game contract. I believe the Melbourne stars will still be paying him for the game he misses. Doesnt matter who you are you shouldnt be able to take justice into your own hands and this punishment certainly doesnt deter that.

Posted by harsidhu on (January 7, 2013, 1:43 GMT)

warne should be banned for his left of life ............. why only for one match ....... who is he to penalized samuels .... he is not the official ............ samuels reaction r right ,,

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (January 7, 2013, 1:38 GMT)

Right decision but LOL This is nothing compared to how Warne and the Aussies of the 90's operated, that is why they will never be considered the greatest side as the W.I of 70's an 80's did not need to resort to that behaviour.

Posted by VicPride on (January 7, 2013, 1:26 GMT)

Surely this is just trying to get some publicity for the BBL, most people still do not care about it at all. Warne really has done a superb job of advertising it but it is costing him his reputation. Hopefully Samuels isn't entirely turned off by this incident and will continue to play for the Renegades as the league does hopefully become to mean something.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 1:19 GMT)

Warney has been good to watch miked up and giving us new insights to the game. It is really good to see players getting in each others face because they are trying to win, however this time I think Warney made some bad choices and that he went over the top. He got it started by pulling Samuels shirt and although Warney said he was throwing the ball to the keeper, his hesitation makes it look like he lined Samuels up with the ball before he threw it. However no reason for Samuels to throw the bat with players in the vicinity. So what to do with them both? I reckon fine them heaps and also make them watch a few games from the sidelines. Will be interesting to see what actually happens!

Posted by ze_wolf on (January 7, 2013, 0:50 GMT)

If they need another international player I hear Ross Taylor may have some time on his hands...

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 0:46 GMT)

This is exactly why Warne never could have been captain of Australia, despite an amazing cricketing brain.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 0:27 GMT)

Fair charges on both players and in line with the series of circumstances that occurred. This could not be overlooked by any stretch of the imagination.

On another note: I hope that Samuels has not sustained a serious eye injury. Bravo to Lasith Malinga who showed genuine concern for Samuels when he was hit. That is the sportsmanship that emulates the gentleman's sport that Cricket is about.

Posted by tfjones1978 on (January 7, 2013, 0:24 GMT)

"During that incident, the bowler Samuels grabbed David Hussey by the shirt and prevented him taking off for a second run" Samuels should be permanently banned from playing domestic cricket in Australia, instead any suspension he gets will "not affect his availability anyway".

Posted by 4test90 on (January 7, 2013, 0:22 GMT)

I am pleased this is happening - I was at MCG last night and in 35 years of watching cricket I don't think I have been more disgusted. Warne's behaviour should see him immediately suspended and the Stars petulance in not caring about Samuels after he was injured made me sick. The families that were at the ground and watching saw the worst possible advertisement for the game. There is no excuse at any level of cricket for physically assaulting a batsman and then attacking him with the ball. It is time some people got out of cricket.

Posted by onphel1 on (January 7, 2013, 0:17 GMT)

While I have been following Warne as a bowler, I think he is one of the most uncultured and unworthy of respect as a human being. Why he did what he did was unsurprisingly Warne - yet another cheap destitute display of me first attitude. What poker faced Samuels did during the match wasn't clear whether it was malicious as you can tell from D Hussey's reaction. I hope not to see Warne ever again on the ground playing for any team. He is a disgrace to the beautiful game and to the country he says he hails from.

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