October 1, 2009

England cricket

Bresnan is all a twitter with anger

Andrew McGlashan

Another international cricketer has got in trouble over Twitter. Tim Bresnan, the England allrounder, launched into an angry response towards a follower who created an unflattering image of the cricketer and was forced to apologise to team management.

Bresnan, who joins Graeme Swann and James Anderson as England players ‘twittering’, had bantered with his team-mates, but took serious offence to the image posted by someone he didn’t know.

“Don’t mind my mates dishing it out,” he wrote, “but who the *** are you. Crawl out of your basement. U ****.”

Swann, the joker in England’s team, clearly found the whole thing very amusing and was seen pulling at Bresnan’s pants during training. However, England coach Andy Flower said players had a responsibility to behave. "It is pretty simple if you are on a public site like that - you have to behave yourself," he said.

Bresnan isn't the first sportsman – or even cricketer – to get into hot water for using Twitter. During the Ashes, Phil Hughes announced his axing from the third Test over Twitter and although his manager later took the blame, Hughes was reminded about team discipline.

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