Big Bash League 2012-13 January 7, 2013

A disgrace to cricket

For the first time ever, my entire family happened to be watching this game when the Warne/Samuels incident kicked off
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Fair play to Cricket Australia. I had wondered whether their disciplinary system would be hijacked by the marketing department, desperate to promote a packaged entertainment product meant purely for theatrical purposes. It appears now that the traditional values of cricket still nominally apply, with Shane Warne copping a one-match ban despite his Twitter comments expressing surprise at the harshness of the decision. Honestly, what did he expect? That the BBL is a product that resembles the ridiculous, choreographed and inanely bird-brained wrestling 'thing' that comes out of America, that WWF caper? Wickets, Warne and Fools could be an appropriate acronym for it I suppose.

If the cricket part of the BBL was to retain any credibility, the authorities had no choice but to impose serious penalties on Warne for that behaviour. He is probably lucky that it was just one game. Serious grown-up cricket quite simply cannot condone deliberate physical contact between players, leaving aside cricket bats flying down the pitch (Marlon Samuels), audible swearing (Warne) and clear disrespect shown towards the umpire (Warne again). If the whole incident was swept under the carpet and written off as a bit of uber-exuberance, it would then have been clear that the values of cricket itself had no genuine place in this theatre. There can be no credible cricket disciplinary system that can allow the behaviours witnessed during prime time viewing, presumably to an audience that deliberately targets young viewers, ostensibly to attract/retain these same young players to the sport, to pass without strict censure.

Actually, Cricket Australia probably had no real choice but to impose some form of penalty. They are to be commended for running an exhaustive education program for their Under-17 and Under-19 squads, covering topics such as illicit drugs, alcohol, respect for women, Code of Conduct etc. I'm fortunate enough to be involved in running these programs for a few of the States and I know for a fact that it is more than lip service. The commitment to promoting credible role models is at the cornerstone of their motives and it is a responsibility they take seriously in Jolimont St. To allow this incident to go unpunished would have gone against everything the organisation genuinely tries to instil in the next generation of cricketers coming through the system.

For the first time ever, my entire family happened to be watching this game when the Warne/Samuels incident kicked off. Usually it is just my older son (9) and I who deign to watch cricket on TV in my household but for some reason, perhaps because my wife was discussing catering arrangements for an upcoming dinner party, my two younger children too (eight and seven years old respectively) were also in the lounge room at the time. When Warne's first expletive was broadcast live on air, all three kids sat bolt upright. In our family, those words are simply not heard in any context. That is a non-negotiable rule in our household. There will no doubt be others who see no problem with that and that too is their prerogative.

Maybe Warne could argue that, "F*** you Marlon," was a proposition rather than an insult but we had some difficulty explaining the literal interpretation of that to young children who are at the stage where they want to know exactly what words mean in that very naïve and innocent stage of their lives. We were then treated to the spectacle of Warne pulling Samuels' shirt. The questions flowed immediately; "Daddy, is he allowed to do that on a cricket field? Why did that man say that naughty word? Is there going to be a fight?" Was this really a game of cricket that I was trying to debrief to my children?

I explained to them in no uncertain terms that crude language and physical contact of that nature was simply not allowed under any circumstances in the way our family embraces sport, most definitely not in cricket. Both my sons play rugby union and while that is a contact sport, we have made it clear that this sort of behaviour would not be tolerated even in that context. So my kids are quite clear on what we think is acceptable (and not) on a sporting field. By our barometer, the Warne/Samuels interaction was way beyond what we would allow our kids to get away with. Different strokes for different folks of course - there may be others who are perfectly happy with these behaviours. To each their own …

Clint McKay was then running in to bowl the next over and my seven year old son asked me: "Is this man an angry man too daddy?" I am fortunate enough to have had a fair bit to do with McKay when he was a young man at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane so I was able to reassure my son, without even the slightest hesitation, that McKay was a gentleman of the highest calibre. Nothing that subsequently happened has given me any cause to change my estimation of this fine young chap. Nonetheless, we were watching closely when Warne v Samuels Round 2 sparked off. Ball thrown deliberately at the batsman, cricket bat flying down the pitch, entire family watching open-mouthed at what was being beamed live into our lounge room.

It culminated with Warne remonstrating with utter disrespect at a wide call made by the umpire. We were quick to use it as a great example of what not to do at any level of junior sport, be it cricket, rugby, softball or netball. Disrespecting an official in that manner would see any of the Jeh kids copping a season-ending ban, let alone the one-match suspension that poor old Warnie is bemoaning.

Again, both my wife and I had to repeatedly tell our kids, mouths agape by this stage, that this sort of behaviour was utterly against the values that our family would ever be prepared to tolerate. My wife suggested in no uncertain terms that this was not the sort of program that we should be watching and justifiably switched off the TV. Despite being keen to see the enthralling cricket drama that was about to enfold when Warne bowled to Samuels, I had no choice but to accept that this was not what our children needed to see.

There will no doubt be many readers who will label me a wowser and a killjoy. They will inevitably view tonight's shenanigans as a bit of harmless fun, all part of the entertainment package that is the BBL, dancing girls, firecrackers and rock music included. They are of course entitled to that view.

My contention is that if the BBL needs this sort of theatre to augment its product, the product is necessarily unworthy of consumption by a family-type demographic. That is one of the reasons we don't watch the WWF for example. It is not genuine sport but pure packaged, choreographed, over-the-top theatre. My love of cricket is precisely because it is none of those things.

No doubt Warne will argue that he was not aiming the ball at Samuels or that it was all done in jest and it's just part of the game. Sorry Shane but that won't wash this time, not unless the game is now going to encourage foul language on prime-time TV with a junior audience, publicly disrespecting an umpire and manhandling an opponent. David Hussey tweeted this morning that he loved the "want to win" attitude of his skipper but I would argue that if these same behaviours occurred on a junior sporting field, we would be appalled. "Wanting to win" would not be an excuse we would accept from a petulant child but we're meant to see it as a virtue when adults role-model these same behaviours? I can't see anyone in the famous Hussey family proudly modelling these actions, least of all on the same day that brother Mike bowed out in such dignified circumstances. Now there's a role-model.

Perhaps Warne will argue the incident was triggered by Samuels when he was bowling to Hussey but that incident was at least 90 minutes old. It is inconceivable that a cricketer of Warne's stature and luminosity would still be seething in blind rage about something that happened 20 overs prior and didn't even involve him directly. To me, this was just a brain snap that was partly triggered by the fact that he was speaking live to the commentary crew at the time and the adrenalin rush, combined with the need to show off, just got the better of him.

If you watch the replay of how the incident started, Warne finished his over with a dot ball and then exploded into Samuels' face and started tugging at his jersey. At that point, that loss of self-control cannot be blamed on the Samuels-Hussey incident, regardless of what transpired an hour previous.

Therein lies the problem with "miking up" someone like Warne for a live TV audience. His insights into the game and his own skill levels made for magnificent theatre last season. I was truly in awe of his talents, especially that night when he castled Brendon McCullum after predicting exactly how he would execute that play. Pure genius. With Warne though, genius and narcissism go hand-in-glove. Anyone who follows his Twitter feed knows full well that a mirror is all it takes for an enduring love affair with someone very special. On a night like tonight, with the game slipping away from him and fired by the adrenalin of having the TV audience in his spinning fingers, he got carried away. Reading Liz Hurley's Twitter comments this morning just reinforces the suspicion that she is unlikely to put a different spin on events. One wonders if someone like Warne has anyone in his inner-sanctum prepared to hit against the spin, so to speak.

Some will argue that "no one died so what's the problem?" Warne himself may argue that point eloquently, trying to downplay the incongruity of an alleged 165 kmh speeding ticket for someone who was the face of the Victorian Government's road safety campaign. Using that retrospective bone-headed logic, let's not book motorists for speeding or drink-driving unless they hurt somebody. Equally, let's not have standards of behaviour on the cricket field that we expect our juniors to adhere to. So long as no one gets hurt, they can swear and abuse umpires and make physical contact with opposition players as much as they like so long as it provides great theatre for the spectators. That'll bring the youngsters back to the game.

To this family in Brisbane, what we saw last night was not what we would tolerate from our children on the cricket field, regardless of whether anyone got hurt or not. It is not enough to brush it off by saying that what happens on the field stays on the field and this was just grown men letting off steam. If grown men cannot lead by example, how can we expect junior sport to be held to a higher standard? Would Warne himself be happy if that sort of behaviour happened on a sporting field when his kids were involved? If the answer to that question is NO, they need to start acting like grown-ups. Someone needs to remind Warnie that Big Bash was only a marketing slogan, not a playing condition.

Michael Jeh is an Oxford Blue who played first-class cricket, and a Playing Member of the MCC. He lives in Brisbane

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  • Edd Oliver on January 13, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Nice article. Whilst having a superb cricketing brain and being probably the greatest spinner of all time, Warne has always been a bit of a bully and a lout, as evidenced by his antics here. Hence the reason why the then ACB never gave him the responsibility of being Australia's test captain. Good call ACB I'd say.

  • Gautam on January 11, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Jeh you are bang on the money here. Unfortunately, the reality is that the BBL is a business vernture and not a cricket tournament. The only reason most of the people outside Australia even know it's happening is because Warne is involved so he was never going to get punished to the extent his actions called for.

    Gautam www.tiedtest.blogspot.com

  • Just Manners on January 11, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Cricket was lovelier when it used to be a gentleman’s game. Sledging should be totally banned by the ICC and Australia should lead the way. Physical contact must be punished more severely. Aggressive theatrics should not be part of the game.

  • DoctorM on January 10, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    Couldn't fail to notice you said virtually nothing about Samuels's shirt-pull. Not justifying Warne's behaviour in anyway, it was inexcusable, but so was Samuel's action. It was nothing short of a profesional foul. In most football codes you would be marched from the field for that. I'm intensely annoyed that commentators have jumped on Warne and said next to nothing about Samuels. They were both equally heinous offences and should have been equally condemned.

  • Walter on January 10, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    If cricket is about character, Warne has never been Cricketer. Anyway, it was not Warne but Australian cricket whose antics were on display as Warne is a product of his environment and his behaviour a reflection of it. If you have any doubts about this, just reflect of the mild sactions which ACB imposed. Further, we was an overated spinner. Sober felt S. Gupte was much better. SRT certainly let Warne know this.

    Maybe ACB/Warne is playing the 1740s model of cricket.

  • Chris on January 10, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    I suspect the motivation is less anti Aussie @Scotty Gee but more a rush to pander to the constituency of readers who Michael knows will be quick to post in support of anything critical of Warne. Negative comment about Samuels would have attracted a handful of posts and not resonated with the Asian bloc who will regard Michael as quite the hero for this piece of very questionable journalism.

  • RK on January 10, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    CA did what they couldn't do when he was on top of his game.

  • Vikram Pai on January 10, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    Excellent article, such pieces of written work should be the main headlines on Cricinfo, to remind readers of the virtue of cricket and sports in general.

  • Michael Jeh on January 9, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    Scotty Gee, I think you need to read more than one piece from me before you can suggest that I'm only criticising this sort of behaviour now. Since forever, I have ALWAYS been on this side of the ledger, critical of this type of behaviour, regardless of where the player hails from. It's got nothing to do with being pro-Australian or anti-anyone else. Poor behaviour is universal and is not country-specific.

    If you read some of my previous blogs going back many years, you'll see that I am consistently arguing against it. It's flattering in some senses that you think I'm being pro-Aussie because there are some others who think that just because I criticise an Australian player (if I think it is warranted), that is tantamount to treason. Those morons throw accusations about being unpatriotic for the very reasons you suggest makes me parochial. That's funny! Decency and manners have nothing to do with parochialism. They are stand-alone values, nothing to do with patriotic bias.

  • XXX on January 9, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    Now look here, everyone jumping to blame and degrade SW, but who started all these problem, no one wants to blame Samuels disgusting, unsportsmanship behavior. When Munaf Patel grabbed the ball with anger from the umpire's hand and the players crowding the unfortunate umpire and forced him to check with the 3rd umpire was regarded as normal.

  • Edd Oliver on January 13, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Nice article. Whilst having a superb cricketing brain and being probably the greatest spinner of all time, Warne has always been a bit of a bully and a lout, as evidenced by his antics here. Hence the reason why the then ACB never gave him the responsibility of being Australia's test captain. Good call ACB I'd say.

  • Gautam on January 11, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Jeh you are bang on the money here. Unfortunately, the reality is that the BBL is a business vernture and not a cricket tournament. The only reason most of the people outside Australia even know it's happening is because Warne is involved so he was never going to get punished to the extent his actions called for.

    Gautam www.tiedtest.blogspot.com

  • Just Manners on January 11, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Cricket was lovelier when it used to be a gentleman’s game. Sledging should be totally banned by the ICC and Australia should lead the way. Physical contact must be punished more severely. Aggressive theatrics should not be part of the game.

  • DoctorM on January 10, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    Couldn't fail to notice you said virtually nothing about Samuels's shirt-pull. Not justifying Warne's behaviour in anyway, it was inexcusable, but so was Samuel's action. It was nothing short of a profesional foul. In most football codes you would be marched from the field for that. I'm intensely annoyed that commentators have jumped on Warne and said next to nothing about Samuels. They were both equally heinous offences and should have been equally condemned.

  • Walter on January 10, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    If cricket is about character, Warne has never been Cricketer. Anyway, it was not Warne but Australian cricket whose antics were on display as Warne is a product of his environment and his behaviour a reflection of it. If you have any doubts about this, just reflect of the mild sactions which ACB imposed. Further, we was an overated spinner. Sober felt S. Gupte was much better. SRT certainly let Warne know this.

    Maybe ACB/Warne is playing the 1740s model of cricket.

  • Chris on January 10, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    I suspect the motivation is less anti Aussie @Scotty Gee but more a rush to pander to the constituency of readers who Michael knows will be quick to post in support of anything critical of Warne. Negative comment about Samuels would have attracted a handful of posts and not resonated with the Asian bloc who will regard Michael as quite the hero for this piece of very questionable journalism.

  • RK on January 10, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    CA did what they couldn't do when he was on top of his game.

  • Vikram Pai on January 10, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    Excellent article, such pieces of written work should be the main headlines on Cricinfo, to remind readers of the virtue of cricket and sports in general.

  • Michael Jeh on January 9, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    Scotty Gee, I think you need to read more than one piece from me before you can suggest that I'm only criticising this sort of behaviour now. Since forever, I have ALWAYS been on this side of the ledger, critical of this type of behaviour, regardless of where the player hails from. It's got nothing to do with being pro-Australian or anti-anyone else. Poor behaviour is universal and is not country-specific.

    If you read some of my previous blogs going back many years, you'll see that I am consistently arguing against it. It's flattering in some senses that you think I'm being pro-Aussie because there are some others who think that just because I criticise an Australian player (if I think it is warranted), that is tantamount to treason. Those morons throw accusations about being unpatriotic for the very reasons you suggest makes me parochial. That's funny! Decency and manners have nothing to do with parochialism. They are stand-alone values, nothing to do with patriotic bias.

  • XXX on January 9, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    Now look here, everyone jumping to blame and degrade SW, but who started all these problem, no one wants to blame Samuels disgusting, unsportsmanship behavior. When Munaf Patel grabbed the ball with anger from the umpire's hand and the players crowding the unfortunate umpire and forced him to check with the 3rd umpire was regarded as normal.

  • Vanessa on January 9, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Brilliant blog! So well put. I have a son that is PASSIONATE about cricket and it is evident that watching international stars influences the actions of youngsters on the cricket field. I have seen this from my own child when he has taken a wicket and celebrates in what I feel is over the top at his age. The celebration style is exactly what he has seen in internationals and whilst I am not saying that an International bowler must not celebrate taking a wicket it brings home how influenced our children are. I also had to reiterate a few times that the incident between Warne / Samuels was not acceptable and just not sporting. Great article Jeh I will be getting my son to read it.

  • sam on January 9, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    I never liked Warne and never will.

  • Scotty Gee on January 9, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    What on earth are you on about Michael. As a non Australian I don't get your point. Your cricketers have been behaving like this for donkey's years. Is the point you are making that now that your children are watching your becoming a bit more sensitive to the sportsmanship of your nations cricketers. Get real pal! You didn't seem concerned when the Waugh's behaved like this or when McGrath and Warne did it from both ends. What about a couple of years ago when Watson gave Gale the worst send off in the history of the game. It really bugs me that you finally want to clean up the behaviour of these stars when the worst offenders have either retired or on the cusp of doing so. A little too late for the other cricketing nations. This isn't a new problem Michael, and your cricketers are the worst of the bunch. Take some ownership of their behaviour as it didn't seem to bother you or your nation when you ruled the cricketing roost.

  • Rasika Kulasekara on January 9, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    This is why Murali is both a great bowler and a great crickter!

  • mahendra on January 8, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    But...isn't hurling the ball at the batsman allowed in oz? Mitchell Starc seems to be making a habit of it lately? And in test cricket, too.

  • Jennie on January 8, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Too bad the match was not in the Caribbean. Go figure.

  • Tumburrumba on January 8, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    Faux moral outrage, if Michael had turned the TV off as events started to unfold then he wouldn't have had his dilemma. I turned it off the moment Warne started striding down the pitch much to the disgust of my 10 year old boys. We went and played hallway cricket instead. Then again if Michael hadn't watched he would have nothing to be outraged about, no moral imperative and no story. I'll just pose the question before I go, if a batter grabs a fielder he is out obstructing the field but if a fielder deliberately impedes a batter there is no in game penalty. Surely the fielder should suffer the same penalty, either he can't bat or if he has already batted his total is taken off the team score.

  • USMANALI on January 8, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    still i think that it is absolutely unprofessional from an accepted professional to behave like this.he got away bcoz he is a legend and playing in bbl. obstructing or pulling shirts are very common these days but uttering nonsense on live tv shud be punished severely to avoid repeat of such incidents. usmanali

  • Swerver on January 8, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    A one match ban for Test/First class cricket would’ve been lenient; for 20 over cricket it’s laughable! How can telling a player he’s banned for an effective four overs be anything like a real penalty, or for that matter a warning to other players for a repeat of such conduct in the future? Behaviour like that (by both players) demands equitable punishment and something like 2 or 3 game bans of ODI/List A and at least 4 or 5 of T20I/Twenty20 is way more appropriate …unless we actually do want to see the demise of the particular (albeit peculiar to the rest of the non-cricketing world) etiquettes unique to this great sport.

  • David H. on January 8, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    I am not a fan of Marlon Samuels and he rightly shares alot of the blame for what happened here. But with an audience that includes people who would say' west indian supporters amaze me, don 't they remember the behaviour of Holding in New Zealand or Viv Richards storming into the press box'. This comment was posted as if to say how dare they criticize Shane Warne. This type of skewed logo reveals a complete lack of proper perspective and a flawed sense of morality that allows people like Warne and Samuels to be forgiven almost anything by people who are in their respective corners no matter what. How on earth does what happened in New Zealand over 30 years ago prevent a west indian fan or anyone else from condemning Shane Warne's completely ridiculous behaviour two night ago? What about the behaviour of other australian players in the past, does this mean that no australian now has the moral authority to criticize samuels? Among hundreds of senseless comments that one took the cake.

  • Anonymous on January 8, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    It's slightly embarrassing how many players fail to remember that cricket is a gentleman's game.

  • Paul Clarke on January 8, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Where is the reference to the fact that Samuals should not have taken any part in the game after blatently cheating. I would never even think to see the day where a member of the fielding side would grab the shirt of a batsman to prevent a run. It's an astonishling level of both innapropriarte physical contact and cheating.

    The umpires should have removed Samuels from the game there and then. Samuels got away with the most blatent level of cheating I've ever seen by an international batsman.

    The umpires didn't even award penalty runs. Put it this way - If I'd have been Hussey or Warne then it would have been settled one way or another before another ball was bowled.

    I doubt I would have resisted retaliating with a modicum of violence on the spot if he had grabbed my shirt whilst I was attempting a run. The umpires failed miserably. Samuels should have been removed from the game immediately and 5 penalty runs given to the opposition.

  • In it to Win it on January 8, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Even though Samuels held White's shirt, the run was still not on. White never really indicated with his body language that he was going for the other single. Chris Gayle usually does it,and so does Samuels in a joking manner. I am not sure why Shane got involved. He always had an attitude problem. He should have been charged with throwing the ball at Samuels, that was blatantly done!!!!. I am sure if the bat had hit Warne, Samuels would have been charged.

    In my opinion the Australians are jealous and are out for the WI players. It all started with Leyman accusing Samuels of pelting, even though he was cleared by the ICC, secondly, Haddin being upset because Gayle did not score enough runs. Little does he know that everyone is due a failure. Chris Gayle plays cricket all year round unlike Haddin. The Australians are out for the WI players. Looking forward to the ODI series between both sides.

  • Trod on January 8, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Well put Micheal, Warne's behavior is inexcusable and utterly appalling. The match ban is a crime considering what transpired. As one wrote earlier the incident between Samuels and Hussey was in jest, although in hindsight it was stupid on the part of Samuels. I have watched the footage of this incident and there was no second run, (he may have prevented a possible run out). However for Warne to behave like that an hour later is absolutely unacceptable and disgusting. Despite the unwarranted attack by Warne you will note that for the better part Samuels actually kept his cool.

  • njr1330 on January 8, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    The abuse of and disrespect to, umpires, has to stop. I remember in THE Rugby WC final, the 6'8" Martin Johnson questioned a penalty given by the 5'8" referee Andre Watson. Watson simply stared at him, said 'I wasn't aware this was a debate' and walked away, to an embarrassed silence from the England captain!!

  • Jagger on January 8, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    You people don't understand Australians. Pure and simple. We are brought up to know there is a line that shouldn't be crossed. Samuels crossed that line. Not for the first time either. This bloke Samuels is no angel. Warne let him know under no uncertain terms to pull his head in. I agreed with him at the time and I agree with him now. I am offended when people from other countries insult our national hero. Leave Warnie alone.

  • John Holder on January 8, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Wxcwllwnt article Michael and I am amazed that the charge that Warne deliberately threw the ball at Samuels was dismissed because that was blatant.

    When Samuels blatantly held on to Hussey's by holding on to prevent him from taking a run, the umpire should have awarded 5 penalty runs to the batting side. This act was clear obstruction. Had that been done it might have prevented the subsequently ugly, boorish scenes happened from happening

  • Heather on January 8, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Everyone seems to have forgotten the he was the Captain and should be setting the beat example for his team in how to behave. He should lose the Captaincy as well

  • Ayaz on January 8, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Agreed totally...Lucky warne gets away.

  • aativas on January 8, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Excellent article. I always wonder about Warne. Cricket has given him so much (and he has such wonderful skills) - why can't he just enjoy and give pleasure to others?

    I wish he was punished more severely!

  • Harsh on January 8, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Full support to Warnie ! Go Warne ! Someone at some cricket ground still has some passion left in his blood.

  • DanTas on January 8, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Cricket is just getting so boring. How about a compulsory punch-up at some point of each innings, winner gets a bonus point regardless of match result. Impressionable kiddies can then not only practice batting, bowling, fielding and running between wickets. They can also fine-tune their martial arts skills. Who knows, might reach a stage for the need of a specialist, selected just to ensure that vital bonus point. Nah, agree with Jeh, not cricket.

  • Anonymous on January 8, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    I am sorry, but if you are trying to argue that Australian Cricket board somehow did a commendable job,I am not buying it. It is pathetic, such a serious incident with cussing, shirt grabbing and physical contact gets ONE MATCH BAN.He should have been banned for a considerable time,alongwith with financial penalties.

    Warne is one of the most acccomplished bullys ever to set foot on a cricket pitch.The guy has immense talent but no class. Sadly, his board has protected its players for far too long while imposing the gentlemans game on others. He tried masking his controlled substance use and got away with a slap on the wrist and now this.Australia will continue to have this rage problem,until they make an example out of this. It was not a reaction, the incident was 90 minutes ago.His job was to simply report the incident and let authorities handle it. But he followed it with the verbal spat and when Samuels walked away from that, he hits him with the ball to yield a response!

  • Greg Tempany on January 8, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Take a bow Michael Jeh. Every point you made was spot on and eloquently expressed. Compare Warne's behaviour with Bill Woodfull's dignified response to the provocation of Bodyline. I'm sure someone will remind me that dignity is soooooo yesterday.

  • Mark on January 8, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    This is not the 1950s or 1960s anymore. During that era I read there was hardly a bad incident on Any cricket field or sports field by a sportsman not just in cricket but any sport. But 50 years on western societies like England and Australia have changed markedly to a far more aggressive and less polite character with rude behavior and lack of respect for others in those two countries an almost everyday occurrence especially in the cities it just reflects the times cricketers are living in. One of the comments here is correct you will find far worse behavior from people out in public if your living in cities like Melbourne, Sydney in Oz or London and Manchester in England. Rude behavior is part and parcel of today's world deal with it. Wish it didn't happen. But sometimes cricketers and sportsman reflect the societies and times we are living in. I'm sure Micheal Jeh would like a 1960s 1950s era to return as would I, but the reality out in the world doesn't reflect that these days.

  • Chris on January 8, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    Interesting that David Hussey was involved when he is generally considered to be on the wrong side of the sportsmanship ledger in Australian cricket

  • Michael on January 8, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Had to laugh at Liz Hurley tweeting about Warne's ban, bleating something about Cricket Australia disappointing the fans who had bought tickets to what could be Warne's last match. This after Warne skipped a couple of matches to go to the UK (and get booked for speeding) a couple of weeks prior. Warne's obviously not concerned about disappointing the fans, why should anyone else be?

  • shafiq on January 8, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    I saw the incident on a channel! This incident is enough to remove WARNE from my all time XI.

    You poor warney! you pathetic Cricket Australia.

  • Josh Maddy on January 8, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    You people talk so much. It must be fun, eh?

    Relax. Chill, fellas. It's just a Big Bash game, cross between cricket and reality show.

  • Michael on January 8, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    Saket, you seem to have a problem with Warne that extends beyond his latest over reaction. Could it be that this cricketing legend has spoilt your fan dreams in the past. Yes he should have controlled himself. The umpires are supposed to deal with cheats but the Captain is also supposed to stand up for his teammates. After all his cricket, a one game suspension might be his curtain call. Be happy with that sweet revenge and stop calling for a sentence just for you and your fellow Warne detractors. No need for a death sentence is there?

  • Mike on January 8, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    I was at the game in the family section and nobody seemed to mind much, and looked like part of the looseness of 20/20 cricket. Over reaction by the media and CA, and expect nothing less from the wowser community to be continually outraged on behalf of someone else.

  • Jag on January 8, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    To Fredric, In what sense you say Warne is a role model. He was a disgrace in public life as well as private life. I believe you don't need any examples to demonstate what I mean. Only thing I admire on Warne is his ability to bawl every thing else is.......

  • Anonymous on January 8, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    Great Article. Cannot believe some of the comments on this article that liken this behaviour as exposure to the real world. So much for trying to fix whats wrong in the world. Ul all be great parents, i can feel it (insert sarcastic face that suits your pleasing). Props to you Michael for this article. Hopefully the ideals of ppl like you will ensure we still get gentleman of the calibre of Mike Hussey. FYI I have no problems with banter and words of exchange in the heat of good competition. We arnt robots. This is NOT that. Learn the difference peeps.

  • Louella Cerejo on January 8, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    It is because in this day and age we have a win at all cost attitude...by hook or by crook, whichever, whatever goes. Wake up people there is nothing you can do in this day and age without the truth being shown on "You Tube" or "Twitter"

  • AnanthaP on January 8, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    Yes. The replays were quite clear.

    Deliberately throwing the ball at Marlon who had grounded his bat with his left hand. After a grief pause, Marlon responds by moving aside and flinging his bat towards Shane. Suddenly all th fielders converge. David Hussey remonstrates with the umpire while one other fielder lokks at Marlon's and makes circular motions near his head (implying that Marlon is or just became mad).

    All round, a serious effort at provocation and disturbance. Shane as captain led his team from the front.

    OK

  • Anonymous on January 8, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    Warne should not be allowed in the cricket field again.

    Game is above any player. Punishment is no where near what it should be.

  • Sam on January 8, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    Marlon Samuels has been a talented cricketer for may years but only recently has he consistently been a force against the opposing side on te ground, I think that Marlon decided that part of being a matchwinner meant that he had to get really serious about other periphal aspects of his game like gamesmanship and attitude. And then thgis happened, I have studied Marlon over the past 12 months all over the world and he has made few friends

  • bowman11 on January 8, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    Mr J, indeed SKW has been dealt with. None of this would have arisen if Mr Likeable Samuels had not been the initiator by "deliberately interfering with the batsman attempting to run a second time!"

    I see you say that SKW deliberately threw the ball at MS - incorrect b/c he was found not guilty by the authorities on this charge so please don't expect readers to take you seriously if you ignore their total decisions. Stick to the facts guilty of 3 out of 4. Lack of OBJECTIVITY cripples "Journalists" too often.

    Both went outside the code of conduct & will be penalised. So be it.

  • Keith on January 8, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    I, like most on here do not condone what Warnie did but I also agree with what many have also said that this was a very poor piece of journalism which did not also criticise Samuels equally for cheating and I also agree that whilst not condoning this as being suitable behaviour for children to be seeing, this is the real world. My son who is signing up for rugby league this season at the age of 7 asked me a few months back whether he will get called names on the field and I said, absolutely you will, they are trying to stop you from playing well and you will need to just put your head down and let the quality of your game speak for itself because showing the opposition their taunts will not affect you is the best way to shut them up, in other words I told him he will need to develop a thick skin to make it in competitive sport unfortunately Michael Jeh, you are painting an unrealistic picture of what your kids will witness in their rugby union careers however long they choose to play

  • vasanth on January 7, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    shane should not be a role model at all with all immature behaviour

  • Shaggie on January 7, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    Mr Jeh is a talented writer but also a bit precious. In this day and age our kids are exposed to this sort of thing whether you like it or not. Dont know Shane Warne personally but people who do say he is a really good guy on a one to one basis. People who have contrary opinions and dont know him are merely tall poppy knockers. This incident is blown all out of proportion.Such as it is the players concerned have been dealt with and that can be the end of it. Compare the incident as opposed to rugby where king hits and raking of the head are sometimes delivered this was pussy stuff. In respect of role models did Shane Warne ask to be made one. I think not.Therefore stop saying he is one just because he was a once great cricketer.

  • Gizza on January 7, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    I tend to believe that when both sides are smiling while the sledging is going on, it is okay and just a bit of fun. But here you could see full blown anger on both Warne and Samuel's faces. It went too far. I was part of a school cricket match once where one of the boys batting (around 16-17 years old) got so angry after getting out that he smashed the bat into ground and broke it with a massive crack forming. It was embarrassing for him. Not sure if people should be comparing cricket with rugby, soccer or some American sports where over the top aggression is valued. That's why the stereotype of cricket being a gentleman's game and the other games being games for "thugs". T20 is obviously a massive divergence from cricket's roots but you would think playing the calmly still applies.

  • Ray Vison on January 7, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    Terrible behaviour, only someone as arrogant/unpleasant as Warne would do that. Should have been banned for much longer, but also because he is Warne just a wrist slap. Shame on Australia.

  • Peter Wilson on January 7, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    The author is spot on with his comments. I have no doubt that if a similar incident had occurred in a test match then the protagonists would have received multi-year bans...... What i wasn't aware of was CA's Chairman's comments of the fiasco.... If they are as previous posters have reiterated then no wonder our team has an odious odour about them at the moment. As the old adage goes..... "A fish stinks......

  • Anonymous on January 7, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    Man I love wrestling

  • Anon on January 7, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    Great article.

    Although the Samuels/Warne "Handbags" incident has been comprehensively discussed, what's really important (especially to the younger generations) is that we make sure we protect the officials from any dis-respect from the players.

    Cricket is a great sport, but we mustn't let it be ruined by antics that we see on the football/soccer field.

    For the good of the sport, all cricket boards MUST universally sanction any of their players who show any disrespect to officials.

    Although Rugby Union/League isn't perfect, it does illustrate respect from the players.

  • Shawn on January 7, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    Jeh I like your article. Article is about what is right and wrong, but here we are talking about Shane Warne, Who is an Australian cricket legend. He showed exactly what cricket australia is about and how it plays the game. It could be a bad example of gamesmenship, but that is what you have to expect from a legend. So, please dont watch it, if it is not appropriate. Also, the tv ratings will go down if it was more than 1 match suspension.

  • Peter Treavajo on January 7, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    The umpire /match officials should have addressed Marlon Samuels blocking of D Hussey from taking the run,Shane Warne had no business getting involved,he incited Marlon Samuels who we all know has had problems in the past with discipline ,here Shane Warne gets one match ban ,what will they do to Samuels ,Warne should of received at least 5 games and Marlon 3.

  • ashar on January 7, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    Totally disgusting. Warne should not be allowed to step on a cricket field again.

  • Ron on January 7, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    Rid the game of these spoilt, washed up cricketers

  • VG on January 7, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    "The only really "disgraceful" behaviour that took place was Marlon Samuels trying to prevent Hussey running between the wickets by shirt pulling. From where I stand that seems unbelievable and unprecedented in cricket and the kind of thing a player would get banned for a long time for. In contrast to that Warne's antics seem incredibly tame."

    This is about the most demented comment I have ever read on this forum. To equate Samuel's tugging/weak impediment of Hussey with the awful abusive assault launched by Shane Warne is beyond belief. First, it was incredibly awesome of Cricinfo to put this incident at the top of their main page newsfeed, and then to append this article to it. Organizations such as Cricinfo have to also be custodians of the sport, and what Warne did is rekindle the nastiness that was typical of the late Ponting era (before the mellowing). The only way to stamp out bullying is, both, to fight it, and shame it.

  • Doug on January 7, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Excellent article and about time someone came out and called a spade a spade where Shane Warne is concerned. Maybe the best bowler of all time (unlike Murali, very few of his wickets were taken against the minnows of world cricket) but, to put it kindly, our Shane has not handled his fame well. He is becoming increasingly self-absorbed and doesn't seem to understand that the boy from Ferntree Gully isn't more important that the greater interests of cricket itself. It's time Shane Warne got a grip, and learnt the lesson that Ricky Ponting did a long time ago. In fact, one wonders how his persona might be different today if Australia's bowling stocks weren't so low when he started to show what a great bowler he was to become. Unfortunately, there seems to be no humility in his makeup, so it's unlikely that we will see a change for the better anytime soon.

  • has on January 7, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    I Wish Fox sport and Nine also learn leasson from this Incident, and shouldnt invite warnie for their Commentary box.

  • Cameron on January 7, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    Warne said the penalty was too harsh . He has always said. This is a prime example of where some cricketers think they are bigger than the game. This should NEVER be the case. Warne was one of the greatest bowlers of all time but does that mean he is bigger than the game ? No. He is always acted like he never did anything wrong and no one can touch him because he is .... Shane Warne. The thing now is that Warne is a has been who happens to be playing what is probably not that much of an important game of cricket, certainly nowhere near test cricket anyway. He needs to be pulled into line or leave the game entirely.Having said all that, I do have one thing to say in his defence- what the hell was Marlon Samuels doing when he grabbed David Hussey ? What was that all about ? I haven't heard anything about Samuels actions. They were nearly as deplorable as Warne's.

  • Strikeforce2003 on January 7, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    Warne was a disgrace. Bad boy image lived upto and on the Mike ,in a tournament watched world over. played to the galleries, he tried to hype his image, got warped up in his act and misused the mike! The more serious aspect, that needs to be addressed is that the big bash is a Aussie tournament hosted by Aussie cricket, having cricketers from other cric playing nations playing in the big bash trams. In effect they are the big draw, invited guests of this tournament, playing for big bash franchisees. Warne effectively abused a foreign guest cricketer in the tournament, on his soil. He attempted to get at Marlon, on the backdrop of a host nation. How would australia, it's board or it's cricketers react if an Aussie were to be abused in a west indian domestic tournament by a west Indian. Warne came out as a thug, a coward, a bull.. His temperament has diminished as with his billing or bowling! must learn from tournaments as the Friends T20, IPL on how to respect foreign players.

  • Claudius J. Francis on January 7, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    I couldn't have said it any better Mr. Jeh.

  • Chetan Srinivas on January 7, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Warne got away with just one game ban - unbelievable. For a role model like Warne, Whatta shame to display such cheap behavior on the cricket field. Am a great fan of Warne but what I saw last night was a huge let down. Samuels was clearly at fault handling Hussey the way he did while bowling but Warne certainly overdid and only he could come up with something as insane as that. BBL is an entertaining event but such incidents will clearly mar the spirit of the game - penalties need to be harsher in non-ICC events too!!!

  • Stu on January 7, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    I agree that Warne was out or order. He was unhappy because the Renegades were wiping the floor with his team of stars again. It was a bad example for the kids and it was a stupid comment by Sutherland today as well.

    What I don't agree with is this increasing presumption that the BBL is rubbish cricket and a rubbish product. OK, it is not the quality of tests but get over it. It is 2013, the digital age. People have a million things to do with their time. Cricket has to present something for a modern public. 46,000 people were at the game. Are they all wrong?

    And if the BBL is so bad then why did the Sixers win the Champions League and are now running second last. Why can't Gayle make a run?

    Not everyone is swallowing this negative rubbish that the media is serving up about the BBL.

  • mk49 on January 7, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Where was Cricket Australia during Sydney 08 when disciplinary action against Ponting was needed? A shouting contest is a T20 circus is easy to come down on - but obvious cheating by a captain during a test match that led to a result? Nah - they will pass on that.

  • Dave on January 7, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Warne and his comrades lost it in this case by taking up Samuels' challenge, he deliberately goaded them into exploding like that and the were dumb enough to get dragged down to his level. A calmer team like the Strikers would have calculated a plan to take a low but fair revenge by Mankading him out before he scored and without warning (and turn down any umpire's offer to withdraw the appeal), and let Samuels be the one facing up for exploding with rage and arguing a correct umpire's call.

    Both players deserved at least 13 games, enough to take them out of this edition of the BBL and the next one in which they are contracted by a team, and no replacement player allowed for either team to boost their squad.

    I can't see Samuels being effectively sanctioned though, he seems to be a protected species at the moment with both Lehmann and Berry charged for rightfully questioning his diabolical fastball action that belongs on a baseball field.

  • Adnan Butt on January 7, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    actually it was totally Wsarne's fault and he have to say sorry to cricket and samules if you remember in one tour to WI Macgrath did same with Sarwan so these kind of incidents should not happen and one match ban is not enough he should be ban for tournament and should charge more fine.. he is star it doesn't mean he has the right to do whatever he wants. he touched Samules which is not at all acceptable. he must be thrown from the grounds forever for this ugliness. i really condemn this and i do appreciate if Australia Cricket will take some serious action on it. the umpire role in such money leagues are nothing yesterday they were just watching and enjoying as they know Warne is a star. my suggestion to put a life time ban on Shane Warne he deserve a serious Penalty otherwise people may think there is some kind of Partial between Whites and Blacks.

  • simon on January 7, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Shane Warne has always been a bit of a Show Pony and now with Liz Hurley as his advisor he can only get worse!Was he trying to show there's some macho stuff left in him after all the manicured eyebrows, facelifts and waxing that he has undergone.Really Shane , nobody cares.He has always embodied the best and the worst of cricket! Sadly a loss to both Australia and Cricket. The mind boggles at what he could have achieved had he reined himself in his life.

  • Damian123 on January 7, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Michael, you're spot on. I get a feeling that it was a premeditaed reaction from Warne to support his mate Boof.

  • mazdonal on January 7, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Warne has had discipline problems all his life, He has been suspended more than once and this incident proves it. Superb talent does not condone yobbish and loutish behaviour.

  • alfredmynn on January 7, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Blehh ... what nonsense ... too much moralizing for my liking. Sure, I strongly condemn much Aussie behavior over the last few years, and threatening physical violence on a cricket field, or abusing umpires, must be met with the harshest penalties; but saying that simple f-yous between annoying players will destroy the moral fabric of society is daft. What we need is a set of clear rules and strong and uniform enforcement, not subjective reasoning based on personal beliefs of the type seen in this article. And any practical system of rules would find Mr. Samuels at least as guilty as Mr. Warne.

  • Gus on January 7, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Who does Shane Warne think he is? I've grown up watching him play and I've never thought of him as a character to be savoured, but this was certainly the worst on-field incident I can remember. He seems to view himself as bigger than the game, but this is hardly surprising after the attention the authorities give him.

    It might well be true that by riling Samuels he was increasing his chance of victory, but that doesn't make it acceptable. He is a disgraceful role model, and I'm greatly saddened that CA and others seem to feel he must be 'the face' of the BB. If he could just gracefully step out of the limelight (the notion makes me laugh...) and into something else I think everyone would be better off...and certainly his bowling average would be!

  • Nisala on January 7, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Let's be honest - Warne's team was losing badly and Warne was ineffective apart from the wicket he got. What does he do? stirs things up and take his frustration out of Samuels. MS is no angel but if the Hussey incident was to be dealt with, it should've been done during the break or after the match by Hussey not Warne. @Jamil uddin Siddiqui: Statistics, records and Wisden shows/tells otherwise. Warne was always overrated getting wickets against spin weak poms (atleast in the past) while getting hammered around the park by teams which play spin better. Great cricketer, real legend and probably the best leggie to play the game - but greatest ever? No way. And with his scandals and performance enhancing drugs etc. he is no clean cricketer either

  • The Great Gatsby on January 7, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Seriously, Warne being so experience and a veteran and all that, he should be a role model. Same to Samuels. This has shown a face of cricket we don't want to see. I agree with Jeh that this is not what we should be showing children. A shame but I say that everybody should just take it in a good spirit!!!!

  • Mark on January 7, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    An excellent piece. Warne is little more than a pantomime dame in the BBL and is in danger of diluting his brillinat career with some average outings in 20 over cricket and then some very average behaviour too. Frankly I think he should have been banned from the tournament - 1 game was not enough.

  • Nick Hanlon on January 7, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    A young Arthur Morris had never heard any swearing in his life until he went to the cricket at the S.C.G. and heard Maurie Sievers swear after he failed to chase a ball which had just rolled into the gutter for 4.That was in the mid 1930's.I've read W.G.Grace provided ad-lib comments on the field back in the 19th century.But shirt grabbing is a new one.Bat tossing isn't...D.K.Lillee threw his away when Greg Chappell suggested he might like to switch back to a willow bat as the aluminium bat had already cost Australia 2 runs off a straight drive.Mind you,Brearley wasn't exactly a Benedictine monk that day either.

  • Blair on January 7, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Jeh, while I agree with the principle, I think you've all but given Samuels a 'Get Out of Jail Free' card on his role in the incidents last night. I suspect there were some comments from him on the matter that sparked Warne's insane rant.

    Context does play an important part in things and, while there is no justifiable excuse for Warne's poor display, there can be no question that his tugging on Samuels' shirt was a direct reference to Samuels' own appalling lack of sportsmanship earlier. I hope you took the time to point out the Samuels/Hussey incident to your children also as a prime example of disgraceful actions to take on the sporting field and I hope that he too is brought up for disciplinary charges.

    Having said that, please don't think I'm excusing Warne. I think he got off lucky with only a single game ban. I honestly thought he might end up sitting out the remainder of the season as a pointed lesson to others of what will, and will not, be tolerated.

  • John Ward on January 7, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Forgot to mention I too have great respect for Mike Hussey and certain other top Australian players who have kept themselves clean, but unfortunately it is the likes of Warne, McGrath, Lillee and others whose on-field behaviour most affects the image the rest of the world tends to form of Australians in general. I am sure there are millions of decent Australians who may be outraged to read this, but unfortunately many of their top cricketers of the last 40 years are responsible for this.

  • Roland on January 7, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    I have a question, Are you an Australian? I do not believe that. A very well written article, fair and balance. Most Aus cricket fans (the fanatics) think that anything they do on the cricket field is right (Barbados ODI 1999). When a former Aus player was "giving it" to another West Indian (Test Match in Antigua 418) and he got a retort that he did not expect, we saw that behaviour. In the caribbean we have a Proverbs "When you live in a Glass House, you do not throw stones" I reserve my comments until Marlon's decision is made.

  • Adhitya Iyer on January 7, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    The Australian cricketers have impeccable attitude. It is their ruthlessness which has kept their hunger alive.

    A team can never be pure winners if they aren't arrogant! Arrogance is a vital element of success.

  • imran on January 7, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    really pathetic bahaviour from warne.life time bann should be imposed on him

  • Simon on January 7, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    Clearly this was just a publicity stunt to increase viewership - and it worked! Shane Warne these days is a businessman, first and foremost. This was no rush of blood to the head, as the author rightly points out, it was a calculated move to drum up ratings. Fairly cynical stuff, and fairly low depths for Shane to sink to after once being so great. A real shame!

  • thejesusofcool on January 7, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Please!

    There was much worse than this between Lillee & Javed Miandad 30 years ago in a TEST match. Civilization didn't end then, y'know.

    And what adjectival dressing did England Captain add to 'That's a fine way to start a series'back in 1946? Same as Warnie.

    If you ask me, 'It's not cricket' stopped having any meaning once they brought in the 15-degree rule on bowling actions.

    Because it's not been cricket ever since, with legalised dart players available in every country.

  • M-S-R on January 7, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    ...one match ban? kidding, right?

  • claudius on January 7, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Interesting reading the divergent views about the article. I thought that Warne's behaviour was completely uncalled-for especially since it was in response to an incident that had long past and appeared to be a bit of by-play (friendly stuff) between Samuels ans Hussey. I was amazed how a "former" player like Warne could get himself so much into the competitive side of things that he ends up embroiled in such an ugly incident.

    I commend Samuels for initially restraining himself at Warne's aggresive verbal and and physical behaviour. However, his tossing of the bat when the lobbed return hit him was completely unnecessary- it showed that he lost his cool.

  • alibajan on January 7, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    he thinks a 1 match ban and a fine is bad?

    what Samuels did was wrong,,, and match officals would have dealth with Sammuels at the end of the game ...

    but Warne had no right to take matters into his own hands..

    2 wrongs don't make a right ... and Warne's actions makes Sammuel's look like a misdemeanor ..

  • Anonymous on January 7, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    A ban of just one match is not enough...

  • Jamil uddin Siddiqui on January 7, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Warnie is the greatest bowler but he cant be a role model to anyone as he has got all ill qualities.

    This incident once again proved that not only is Murali a better spinner than Warne but also a better role model and person.

  • hkt on January 7, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Dear Jeh, It was indeed thought provoking article, and definitely the petulant behaviour of Warne & Samuels should not be tolearted on the field and should be punished. On a lighter note, you have been doing rather very well on the family front. Three Kids aged 7,8 & 9 in three successive years. Well done!!!

  • Neo Matriz on January 7, 2013, 12:51 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.

  • Andrew on January 7, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    Nisala, both the WWE and WWF are wrestling organistaions so he was right.

  • Raad on January 7, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Marlon's behavior (pulling Hussey) were appalling and he should be punished for that, but pretending that is an excuse for Warne's childish behavior such throwing a ball and swearing on live TV was completely pathetic. Samuels should get something like a 3 match ban and $5000 fine for first impeding Hussey then throwing his bat. Warne should get a 10 match ban and a $20000 fine for his behavior. CA is going extremely light on both of them.

  • Frank (Ireland) on January 7, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    This is a very interesting and thought provoking article which I enjoyed and agreed with. I'm disappointed that some comments take the view that Warne is Australian and therefore above censure. While I admire Warne's considerable ability, there are many aspects of his personality that that I find regrettable and I consider him to be a poor role model for anybody.

  • Tim on January 7, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    I doubt Mr Jeh believes Samuels' behaviour was all OK, but he didn't really state his position on that. The article was more about Warne and CA. I'd like to see more commentary from the author on the Samuels side of the incident.

    As for CA's response, I think Warne got off lighlty. Worse than that was the comments from James Sutherland (CA CEO): "I think whilst we can stand here and say we don't condone anything that happened last night, this sort of thing is probably something that only inspires a greater rivalry between the Renegades and the Stars and creates greater interest for the Big Bash League." That literally turned my stomach. I expected much more from a first class cricketer, but perhaps he has lost his roots amongst all the bean counting.

  • Rob Austin on January 7, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    CA have always been a bit spineless when it has come to disciplining Warne - I guess more so now given the rumours that they are bank rolling his participation in BBL. What makes this situation worse is that it was being beamed live across the world - with millions of kids watching - and was totally unprovoked.

  • Nikhil on January 7, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Michael Jeh is spot on here...Shane Warne clearly loves the game, understands its mechanics better than most but he just disrespects it way too often. Thought this kind of incident was behind him...we don't need youngsters seeing this type of behaviour from their idols.

  • Rex on January 7, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Your family mustn't watch much television if that obscenity is a shock to you. And where is your condemnation of Samuels for holding an opponents shirt to prevent him taking a run. Disapprove of Warne all you like but at least be objective enough to describe the whole context!

  • Luke G on January 7, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Well said. Too bad Marlon missed when he hurled the bat.

  • Njr1330 on January 7, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Sorry, missed my details off the last post!

  • Sam on January 7, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    If not for Warnes behaviour on and off the field he would have captained Australia,,, he was never an example of ambassodorship for the gentlemans game,, many years ago he was found guilty of bribery for and should have been banned for life!!!betting controversies in cricket in the 1990s, the matter was initially covered up by the Australian Cricket Board (ACB), which decided that it was sufficient to privately fine the players he is lucky he is still playing allowed to play cricket

  • Hassan Ehsan on January 7, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Great article.

    but you obviously have no appreciation for WWE -as it is correctly referred as.

  • Stu on January 7, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Absolute cracker of an article. Pleasure to read!

  • WheresTheEmpire on January 7, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    A thought provoking article. Acceptable limits of behaviour were well & truly exceeded and sanctions are being applied. Good.

    What I have a problem with is the cliched faux-shock, the assumption that everyone else will inevitably follow this dire behaviour and the demonisation of the offender.

    Rather than being shocked, more shocked, extremely shocked victims surely it is better to face the fact that acceptable limits can & quite regularly are exceeded and that there are, or should be, procedures in place to deal with it (like CA is doing now - in a light handed manner).

    Rather than assuming there will be a herd-like response from others emphasise the fact that individuals decide and have responsibility for their actions and if they cannot put limits on their own behaviour others will do it for them.

    Rather than creating a monster out of the offender & encouraging lynch-mobs by highlighting everything he has ever done wrong let those responsible apply an appropriate penalty.

  • mcswiggle on January 7, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Lovely article and perfectly in tune with the times...if it were published in the 1950s.

    Seriously it is the 21st century, if you want to be a puritan then there are still small groups around the world you can go and join, no swearing and no tv or films to pollute your minds, you just work the land and get to ignore the modern world entirely, I really think it would suit the Jey family perfectly.

    Back in the 21st century it is a dog eat dog world and people say and do nasty things, how do you think your kids are going to cope at school or on the streets if you shelter them from even a tiny bit of reality like a swear word?

    Banning them from watching wrestling and then allowing your wife to turn over the cricket when you and your son were watching it is utterly baffling to me, you might as well throw the TV out the window as you are totally hiding from reality here and I honestly feel sorry both for you and your kids if you seriously want to be like the Walton family.

  • Nick on January 7, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Agree with the above but in not handing out equal commentary for Samuels this sets a dangerous tone. Was Warne the westerner who should have known better while Samuels is excused because of __?

    I'm sure that's not the intent but what happens if another WI player has an argument with someone. Generalisations will be made sadly.

  • Simon on January 7, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Agree with TJones & Chris. Warne was defending Dave Hussey who was the victim of a physical altercation with Samuels earlier. What Samuels did was disgraceful yet the author barely mentions this altercation, in fact he completely dismissed it as history and something to be forgotten about. Well, the Warne incident is now history yet you don't seem to have forgotten it and your emotions are still boiling over, quite obviously. Yet Warne isn't entitled to hold onto his emotions? Give me a break.

  • Billy on January 7, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Well said Michael. It just wasn't cricket.

  • Biko on January 7, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    I don't think either Warne's ball throwing or Samuels bat throwing had any physical harm intent which some people are making out in Samuels case it was just symbolic as if to say enough is enough why haven't the umpires stopped this he's already sworn at me laid his hands on me pointing in my face and now he's throwing the ball at me ! how much as a cricketer and more so a Man do I have to take of this ? I hope Marlons young kids didn't have to witness this incident.

  • vengatesan on January 7, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Never expect Sportsmanship from Australians.Life Ban from Shane Warne would be best.For Mr. Jones.Y do u invite other country players to promote your domestic league.

  • Adhitya Iyer on January 7, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Jeh, I really can't understand your thing. You haven't even said once that what Samuels did was wrong. He thought that he was in a rugby field. What were the umpires doing? Did they warn him? What if the match had been decided by a single run?

    I agree that Warney over-reacted in that situation which he shouldn't have. He didn't set a good example and he got carried away.

    But what has Marlon Samuels been doing? Even a cricket novice would drop his jaws when he sees Samuels' bowling action. Is he doing a right thing? He has been doing it since the beginning of his career? To add to that, he has been banned for fixing too.

    Shouldn't the CA/BBL Committee be castigating Samuels? Instead of doing that, CA banned Darren Lehmann for reporting something which was well and truly blatant.

    Warne's attitude on the field and "win at any cost" made him what he is today. It made him the world's best and that is what the world will remember him for.

  • Steveo on January 7, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    I saw the game live not the clip the news/youtube show of Marlon Hussey and on the live game u could see there was clearly no second run from the big cam and it was all a bit in jest it was not aggressive or overt (yes stupid but not malicious ) Warne had come out looking for a fight there was more than the 1 clear incident of swearing fired at Marlon to before the big altercation.

  • Michael on January 7, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    If my wife had turned the TV off during the altercation, I would have immediately sought a divorce. Great viewing. Rather that than the incessant treadmill of meaningless, homogenous T20 matches. The game needs characters and both Samuels and Warnie are characters. Let them take their bans and move on. Don't think we need all this hand wringing and weeping about the death of the gentlemen's game.

  • Pan Glupek on January 7, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Couple of good comments here R.e Samuels: The writer has made his point about Warne, which is a fair one, he's a role model & you wouldn't want that happening in a game where your kids are playing in.

    Not that I'm saying, "He started it" should be an excuse for bad behaviour, but it's interesting Samuels' part isn't mentioned when Warne was reacting to something Samuels did...

  • Richard on January 7, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    I've been watching the BBL with my 9 year old daughter - I'm glad we missed this game. Totally agree with the article - Cricket, and any sport, is about fairplay, respect, sportsmanship. If that is abused by sportsmen who are in the public eye then punishment should be delt out accordingly. After all, they're quick to take all the benefits that their sport gives them, as such they should take the punishment if this is abused. Shane Warne should be ashamed of his conduct - I wouldn't expect this behaviour from a child. You cannot condone bad behaviour to promote a sport.

  • Adoh on January 7, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Interesting that articles are considered well written only when people agree with them. No-one can question Warnies talent as a cricketer, but his immaturity has been there for the world to see for a long time, there are no surprises here. Appalling display of bevaviour and judgement now from Marlon too. I wonder what the future holds for him? Hopefully some maturity, unlike Warnie.

  • Mic on January 7, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    As an Australian I started to lose interest in the Australian cricket team(s) when the sledging era really took hold early last decade. Warne reflects that culture. From memory, and I could be wrong here, but I sort of recall Samuels being on the end of some nasty sledging on what I think was his first tour to Oz. Interesting that the Aussies took so much to sledging when they were on top, perhaps if our Olympic team had done more sledging in London 2012 we would have taken home more medals.

    I like the batsman at the other end during all this, Finch, he seems to be someone I would want to support and the kind of player to draw me back to the Aussie team in post-Warne era, when-ever that will be ...

  • Satyam on January 7, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Brilliant writeup. *stands and applauds*

  • Paul on January 7, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    What a pointless article. One ugly incident between two egomaniacs, and we are expected to believe that somehow this has ruined the credibility of the Big Bash, that Cricket Australia didn't want to punish Warne, that society's fabric has been damaged, and presumably the author's young children will be scarred for life, and will no doubt replicate Warne's behaviour by screaming at the ref next time they take the field for their Under 10's side.

    Please.

    You are reading waaaaay too much into this Michael. Surely you've ground your big bash axe down to a splintered axe haft by now?

  • Nick on January 7, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Sanctimonious nonesense. Mark's comment @ 8.14 is spot on - a truly awful piece of writing. A few swear words realy do not matter at all, and a bit of aggression on the cricket pitch - excellent. And it's good that children get exposed to the reality of life (and the sports field) early - trying to "protect" them is just bad parenting. How's his precious little boy going to cope the first time he gets sledged by a more worldly peer? Much better he knows the reality, and has a response with a few expletives ready to go. A few more incidents like this and T20 might be worth watching. Man up Jeh...

  • Bradman on January 7, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Agree with you, Mr Jeh. BBL was wrong on their part to ban Warne for just one game. They should have done so for two seasons. This might have ensured that no other person would dare to do what Warne did illogically. The problematic thing with that suggestion that people be allowed to assault somebody physically as long as nobody is hurt is that it will lead to chaos not only on the cricket field but in the stadiums, bars, pubs, hotels, streets and all other public places with people regularly involved in brawls since all sanity will be lost. The man will cease to exist and there will be only beasts around.

  • Anonymous on January 7, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Great article. Someone had to have the guts to spell all this out, and stand up for our impressionable children who are the real victims of these ridiculous ego trips.

  • Michael Pinto on January 7, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Excellent article Michael. For those who suggest that Samuels started it (albeit 90 minutes prior to Shane's reaction)my question is:since when did two wrongs make a right? For those who suggest that this is good for cricket, my question is:once we get used to this what next? Do we next promote full on punch ups to keep interest going? And finally, for those who suggest that this is all a bit of banter, 'what happens on the field stays on the field', my question is:what are our children taking out of this? Are we setting an example to them that says 'do whatever it takes to win'? Sadly, what happens on the field cannot stay on the field when we have live television and microphones that bring every word and gesture to our lounge rooms.

  • Fazal Majeed on January 7, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Great Article. Warne is not bigger than the game. He was a great spinner but this is going over the top and this time he has gone way over.

  • andrew on January 7, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Goodness me what an over reaction. 2 cricketers lost their cools on the field and this destroying the moral fabric of society.

    What next, are people going to stop watching sport because a Rugby Union player says a 4 letter word on the field. How shocking would that would be!

    I used to work in Secondary Schools and now I see where the students get their bad behavior from. They are watching sportsman get upset during the contest.

    Warny isn't captain material, I mean Ian Chappel would never do that now would he?

    Is this writer Australian? I can do better than this!

  • Obfuscated on January 7, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Jeh's articles are always critical of Australian cricket and Australian cricketers. Read between the lines and you'll see an unbridled dislike of Australia in every single article. Then why live there? I'm not condoning Warne's tantrum, not by any stretch, but I get sick of reading the ubiquitous criticisms from this prosaic pseudo journalist. Never a kind thing to say about the people whose country you're living in. You go there because of the better quality of life. But then all you do is focus on the negatives. Well why then don't you go back to Sri Lanka and focus on the positives there?? Seriously why don't you?? What is your reasoning?? Could it be subconscious envy?

    Probably.

    Get over your inferiority complex man.

  • Thomas on January 7, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Warne compounds his actions with the graceless acceptance of his ban and fine, great bowler, average human.

  • BackyardCricketer on January 7, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Given warne's colorful history what else can we expect from him? He was one of the game's greats, but a gentleman he never was.

  • Woko on January 7, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    fox, spot on mate. lets just be thankful he never stained the memory of australian test captains. samuels behaviour was inexcusable and quite strange but left at that he likely would have been fined his match fees or something equally benign. the fact warne then went mental an hour later about it to create a public spectacle was disgraceful. if he felt that strongly about it why not confront samuels at the changeover or make a complaint to the umpires (like a normal person) then instead he chooses to bring the circus to town while on live air miked up, he is the perrenial clown. for as much as warne has done and achieved in the game, he will be remembered more for episodes like this which is such a monumental shame. contrast Glenn McGrath, outstanding legend.

  • Narayan on January 7, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Well written article, Jeh sir. Sportspersons are supposed to be role models, so they need to be careful that billions of adoring fans would be watching them. So a slip of tongue on their part might harm their reputation, which could also lead to a fall from their pedestal.

    Thank you.

  • prasrod on January 7, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    An altercation between two black sheep of the cricketing world! Cricket Australia once again demonstrating its inability to discipline its own whilst chanting the mantra of sportsmanship to the world. Here is the guy who (along with mark Waugh) got away with giving "Pitch and weather information to a Bookie" in exchange for money without even a match ban. Sir Don must be turning in his grave. Also on a day that Mr Cricket retired from test cricket. When would these 'sportsmen' grow up if they can't even after retiring. Haven't we had enough of this nonsense? Time to set an example. Over to you cricket Australia!

  • Blakey on January 7, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Warney admitted to the commentators that he was trying to gee -up his team. I agree that the whole scenario was unpleasant and unwarranted. On re-watching the various incidents, my interpretation is that the 2 least worriesome aspects were the 'tug' on Husseys shirt and the 'flick' of the ball at Samuels. Samuels, I am sure, would agree that there was insignificant venom in the throw, especially compared to the ball from Malinga that ended his innings. And Samuel's actions at that point weren't real flash. Malinga tried to see how he was but Samuels made every attempt to ignore him. Worse because the blow was his own fault, not Malinga's.

  • David on January 7, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Have to agree with Chris. What we don't like to see on the cricket field is blatant cheating. Whether is be tugging on a players shirt whilst running or dodgy bowling actions. Warne is no saint but he is competitor who looks after his team mates. Samuels is a serial offender also who must give up bowling, because clearly it is dodgy, and players have been upset with the treatment of Darren Lehmann for being fined fir telling the truth. Must be going deaf because I watched the whole incident live last night and heard no expletives. Thought the microphone was only turned on when he was at the top of his "run" until he released the ball.

  • Michael Jeh on January 7, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Josh Dascombe, thanks for the comment mate. Yes, I totally agree with you (and others) who question Samuels' involvement in the whole incident. The Hussey/Samuels incident was clearly not right but that incident's flame had already been extinguished by the time Warne got fired up later in the piece. I don't condone Samuels throwing his bat (which I mentioned in the article) so not sure how that is interpreted as being blind to his faults. It's hard to see how the charge of throwing the ball at Samuels was dropped and I don't think a $4500 fine will make one iota of difference to a multi-millionaire. I agree with Neil Risch that the BBL has shown us some great young talent. So why do we need to watch this old man make a fool of himself? He is not the future. The future belongs to the young stars like Richardson, Lynn, Finch et al. It also belongs to the even younger "future stars" who watch the game on tv and in the grandstand. The BBL doesn't need these antics to sell itself.

  • MS Hussain on January 7, 2013, 8:21 GMT

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  • Jay on January 7, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Warne! Such a gr8 bowler! & such a weak human being! I pity him! One match ban was not enough, i think! A cricketer of his stature should be a role model, but no one want their role-model to behave in such a way. And about Samuels, he doesn't have even a part of that respect in cricketing fields.

    Aptly Written!

  • Dave on January 7, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Michael, you'll note he talked to Sammuals after the over was complete. Is it possible that Shane would of assumed channel nine would turn off his mic at the end of the over? It's not like it was on at all times. If he wanted everybody to hear, why not do it when he walked to the crease?

    The broadcaster has a responsibility to ensure these things don't air. Why do you think stump mics are turned off? It was only a matter of time before something like this happened and yet you still defend Clint for practically head butting Christian. Different standards for blokes you know? Great experience drop to increase your credibility though.

    Get off your high horse. Harmless niggle to a known firebrand.

  • Mark on January 7, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    I read the first half of this and gave up. Terrible writing.

  • Luke on January 7, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    I agree that it should be a gentleman's game but realistically the BBL needs incidents like these. There are a bunch of new teams that no one really has any affiliation with. Without things like this we'd all be apathetic onlookers. It would go the way of the 3rd matches of the old ODI triangular series, where no one shows up and no one really cares who wins. You need heroes and villains. Like it or not, Warney is a fantastic promoter and advert for the BBL.

  • TJones on January 7, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    I agree with chris. According to this writer, the person whom deliberately tried to prevent a player from scoring runs is totally fine with that. Why is is that we Australians are punished for standing up for our own players, which as captain he was doing and yet players like Samuel are allowed to come to Australia and play in our league and clearly cheat and destroy the very spirit of the game. Samuel should be banned for life!!

  • Grant on January 7, 2013, 8:09 GMT

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

  • Nisala on January 7, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    First of all it's WWE now not WWF. More importantly, this incident once again proved that not only is Murali a better spinner than Warne but also a better role model and person

  • John on January 7, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    One always wonders where the game ends and the gamemanship starts with the T20 circus , but Warney reached new depths and , as in the past will go off blaming someone else , and as stated in your article , noone close to him will have the courage to tell him off. Talk of his passion and David Hussey's almost childish tweet , was it a week ago Warney was missing in action , on the other side of the world on holidays in the middle of this "important tournament " and David Hussey was quoted , in the press of being dissapointed in his captain . He states how he loves the game , i'd hazard a guess Mike Hussey loves it just as much perhaps with Huss the respect is mutual. This whole idea someone loves the game more because they excel greatly at it and get much more out of it is pathetically flawed .Wonder where cameraman Joe is now ?

  • chris on January 7, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Amazing Michael that you seemingly give Samuels a free pass for his behavior whilst at the same time correctly pillory Warne for his. Is there a double standard at play when the entire article makes no mention or comment on the rights or wrongs of Samuels action in grabbing Hussey to prevent a run which is quiet bewildering when the emphasis of the story was on setting a role model for young players. Are you suggesting that blatant and deliberate cheating is less influential on young players than the theatricals and bad language. Why do you not apply the same standard to Samuels that you applied to Warne? Would you be equally distressed to see bowlers grabbing batsmen in junior sport as you fear may happen as result of Warne? The article would have more impact if the Samuels behaviur had been addressed even handedly but then Warne has always been an easy target for the media. Cheating, bad sportsmanship and foul language remain just that regardless of the perpetrator.

  • Mihir on January 7, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    I agree, this was perhaps nothing but showmanship getting better of the sportsmanship we try to teach the young. Warne, as talented as he is, has probably proven that he is past his 'sell by date' when it comes to being on field. Perhaps he can start coaching a 'senior' team for spin. But a role model that he could have been, was the guy we looked for and probably wont find.

    i think the ban was lenient, more needs to be done to stamp such behavior out of the field.

  • tony on January 7, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    great aritcle ,however warne found not guilty of throwing the ball at samuels is a joke . english and australians get away with a lot that asian and west indians are punish for so i was suprise that any sanction was handed out. samuels should not have gotten involve with hussey however studying the video he was not going for a second run and even the commentators thought it was done as a joke.

  • skipfer on January 7, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    CA response disgustingly weak-kneed.

  • Steve on January 7, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Great article. For far too long aggressive behaviour on the sporting field has been justified or ignored.

  • Andrew on January 7, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    here here

  • Excitement lover on January 7, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    I dont agree with you and your conservative family at all Jeh. I enjoy the theatre that comes with 2020 cricket. The big bash needs some rivalries, at the moment who do you barrack for?

    Let test and one day cricket remain as is, at let the beast that is 2020 run its own course.

    Great ploy from Samuels and Warne, the marketers will be rubbing their hands with glee at this incident.

  • AussiesgonnaAussie on January 7, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Good read sorry your kids had to hear and watch that but I also know if there were microphones and HD cameras during Australia's games of the previous few decades I think this incident would seem minor - this is how Warne and co always operated under their "win at any costs attitude" which also explains his surprised hard done by response as he got away with far worse for many years on the international circuit sorry to say but it's the truth.

  • clint on January 7, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Warne lost the plot and got what he deserved but it should not be lost that samuels cheated....well he tried to get an advantage...grabbing a batsmans shirt and attempting to hold him is weak and speaks of a lack of character and sportsmanship and would not be tolerated in my backyard.

  • Huzaifa on January 7, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Fantastic article. Unique insight of the incident. Great to know that they are Australians who care so much about upholding ethics and good morals in their home, and take what many would brush aside as 'something that happens' very seriously. Many lessons learned from reading this.

  • varadhu on January 7, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    I fully agree with u , yes we all agree warnie is the greatest bowler but he cant be a role model to anyone as he has got all ill qualities.

  • PL on January 7, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    I've always thought Warne was full of himself, however, to a large degree I can tolerate most of his behaviour as he has never made himself out to be a saint and as a general rule his behaviour on and off the field doesn't hurt anyone. But this incident is precisely why Warne was rightly never made Australian captain despite his on-field acumen.

  • Abhi on January 7, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Good article Jeh. Think this aggressive brand of cricket is going out of line now. Its one thing staring down a batsmen and having the odd wry comment to say, its another thing to swear out loud and start using bat and ball as weapons.

    Think leaders, old and new ought to think of the example they are leading - this includes, Warne, Kohli, Samuels, etc,,

  • ygkd on January 7, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    If these sorts of things were to be part of an "entertainment package", then any broadcast should be rated as "Parental Guidance Recommended". There are accompanying restrictions on when such material may be shown.

  • Neil Risch on January 7, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Although I agree with your comments on Shane Warne's poor behaviour, labelling and laying blame on BBL's theatrics as part of the show is the lowest form of slander journalism.

    BBL is an excellent league showing off our young Australian talent to a larger than usual audience through the medium of T20 cricket. To take one person's behaviour and take aim at what has been an unprecedented success is ludicrous.

  • Doogius on January 7, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Michael, since you worked at/with the COE, per chance you could send this article to Warne. He really, really needs to read it. I have a 7 yr old and you have really hit the nail on the head. Great article.

  • #sportsmanship on January 7, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Mr. Jeh, You have earned a fan out here!Candid as well as an emotional article.Some people may argue that the writer is being too punctilious and fussy but then that is what cricket is all about- Outright sportsmanship and Respect!

  • Vijay on January 7, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Excellent post. Very valid points. It is refreshing to see, irrespective of country or culture, 'doing the right thing at all times' is strongly endorsed over showmanship. It takes lots of courage and will power as a parent to push for doing the right thing when showmanship is directly and indirectly promoted all around.

  • R Balasubramanian on January 7, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    This incident clearly shows why Shane Warne is not captaincy material and which is precisely why the OZ selectors did not offer him to lead the Australian team despite his achievements for the country. Its a pity that such a talented player (though retired from the main game) behaves like what he did and cause such damage to his name as well as the game itself. Whether it is Shane Warne or Marlon Samuels or any other player - there should be no discrimination in giving the punishment as the game is always greater than the players.

  • Suresh on January 7, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Well said...nicely written

  • Geemacaitch on January 7, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    The comments were not a case of Warne losing his cool. The comments were a calculated and concerted effort to attempt to get Samuels to lose his.

    The comments in themselves (albeit a very base attack that the vast majority would avoid) were not the problem inasmuch as the fact that he was wearing a microphone and could be heard (either live or on replay) by the impressionable demographic that the the game is trying to attract.

    The physical contact with a player and the dissent were abhorrent and cannot be excused. How Warne was exonerated of the charge of throwing the ball at Samuels was curious at best. The sanction handed down was meek and sends the wrong message to the cricketing community.

  • Ben Calder on January 7, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Great article, completely agree.

  • craig on January 7, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    "Winning at all costs" is the worst part of any sporting contest. Unfortunately, too often, it is those individuals who are "winners" who follow this philosophy and play by it. Unfortunately, and too often, the sporting public admire this quality. There are obvious limits and, too often, these are stepped over, with blatant and flagrant disregard.

  • Ash on January 7, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Very nice article!

    How can this be expected from someone in his forties ? What has he learnt in his life so far then ? Attacking an opponent so directly just because he can't bowl bouncers is so sad.

    It teaches the kids that they can resort to any tactics (unfair and fair) to win a match--it's just a game at the end of the day is what is unfortunately forgotten.

  • Anonymous on January 7, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    The only really "disgraceful" behaviour that took place was Marlon Samuels trying to prevent Hussey running between the wickets by shirt pulling. From where I stand that seems unbelievable and unprecedented in cricket and the kind of thing a player would get banned for a long time for. In contrast to that Warne's antics seem incredibly tame.

  • Neo on January 7, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Well analyzed and written piece of article. I wonder, nowadays, whether introduction of T20 format in Cricket has completely killed the 'Gentleman' it once had.

  • Balendu on January 7, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    It's a shocker for all of us to see this kind of incident to be honest. We the young people watch cricket close to our hearts and dream of playing for the country and do we need to learn these things too? I guess cricket boards need to take stringent actions against these players who involve in these kind of incidents. Teach players how to react to the incidents etc.

  • Himadri Biswas on January 7, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Very Well said....People behave in Immature Ways on field & Camouflage it stating "they play tough" & Stuff like that....These Sort of Incidents should have been treated with real Toughness to make sure that these people never think of Acting (Not Playing)Tough on Field....Else Cricket (Known as a Gentleman's Game)will Very Soon be converted to WWF...Thanks a Lot for the Excellent Write Up.

  • Fredric on January 7, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    This is an excellent piece. Not only was Warne's actions not within the spirit of the game, it was not in the spirit of common decency.

    Warne is a role model for so many young Australians and he should exercise a greater degree of self-control, especially on the field.

    You are to be commended on bringing up your children in a responsible manner, and they are indeed fortunate that you are their principle role model and not a poor example like Shane Warne.

  • Josh Dascombe on January 7, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    Hey Fox,

    Without attempting to condone SKW's actions last night, I believe that Warne's behaviour (although outlandish) had the potential to shift the momentum of the game in the Stars favour, when in all honesty, they were getting trampled on.

    As you said in your piece, having players mic-ed up provides a spectacle that viewers at home could never experience otherwise. However, where does one draw the line when it comes to impacting what can and can't be said on the field? Would we be having the same discussion today if the microphones hadn't caught any of the exchanges.

    I would also be interested to here your thoughts on Samuels' role in the confrontation? Especially considering he seems to be universally disliked?

  • Jackwin on January 7, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Phenomenal article....rightly put.

  • Saket on January 7, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Absolutely right Jeh!! But I am appalled to see what kind of "punishment" Warne got. Cricket Australia could have made a real example of him, but with this slap on the wrist, they have once again proved their hypocrisy. Australian cricketers can sledge anyone they want, and expect to get away with it. But get in their face, and they don't like it- true bully style!!Just very sad to see what the gentleman's game of cricket is coming to- bad behavior from Aus, India, Pakistan and England. Too bad the sporting teams like Sri Lanka and New Zealand aren't playing well for a long time now...

  • Tippers on January 7, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    On the money here Fox; bigger picture issues in play.

  • Andy on January 7, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Totally agree with you.

  • Saket on January 7, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Absolutely my thoughts, Jeh!! But I am appalled that Warne gets away with just one match ban and a paltry sum of money (for him). Cricket Australia has once again reinforced my belief that their cricketers will/should be allowed to sledge and bully anyone they want, but if someone gets in their face, they cannot take it. Very unhappy to see what cricket is coming to, with bad behavior from Aus, India, Pakistan, England. Too bad the sporting teams like Sri Lanka and New Zealand are not playing well right now!!

  • Saket on January 7, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Absolutely my thoughts, Jeh!! But I am appalled that Warne gets away with just one match ban and a paltry sum of money (for him). Cricket Australia has once again reinforced my belief that their cricketers will/should be allowed to sledge and bully anyone they want, but if someone gets in their face, they cannot take it. Very unhappy to see what cricket is coming to, with bad behavior from Aus, India, Pakistan, England. Too bad the sporting teams like Sri Lanka and New Zealand are not playing well right now!!

  • Ravi on January 7, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Some one had to say these much necessary words !

  • Cliff on January 7, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Yes indeed, Warne: the best captain Australia never had.

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  • Cliff on January 7, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Yes indeed, Warne: the best captain Australia never had.

  • Ravi on January 7, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Some one had to say these much necessary words !

  • Saket on January 7, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Absolutely my thoughts, Jeh!! But I am appalled that Warne gets away with just one match ban and a paltry sum of money (for him). Cricket Australia has once again reinforced my belief that their cricketers will/should be allowed to sledge and bully anyone they want, but if someone gets in their face, they cannot take it. Very unhappy to see what cricket is coming to, with bad behavior from Aus, India, Pakistan, England. Too bad the sporting teams like Sri Lanka and New Zealand are not playing well right now!!

  • Saket on January 7, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Absolutely my thoughts, Jeh!! But I am appalled that Warne gets away with just one match ban and a paltry sum of money (for him). Cricket Australia has once again reinforced my belief that their cricketers will/should be allowed to sledge and bully anyone they want, but if someone gets in their face, they cannot take it. Very unhappy to see what cricket is coming to, with bad behavior from Aus, India, Pakistan, England. Too bad the sporting teams like Sri Lanka and New Zealand are not playing well right now!!

  • Andy on January 7, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Totally agree with you.

  • Tippers on January 7, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    On the money here Fox; bigger picture issues in play.

  • Saket on January 7, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Absolutely right Jeh!! But I am appalled to see what kind of "punishment" Warne got. Cricket Australia could have made a real example of him, but with this slap on the wrist, they have once again proved their hypocrisy. Australian cricketers can sledge anyone they want, and expect to get away with it. But get in their face, and they don't like it- true bully style!!Just very sad to see what the gentleman's game of cricket is coming to- bad behavior from Aus, India, Pakistan and England. Too bad the sporting teams like Sri Lanka and New Zealand aren't playing well for a long time now...

  • Jackwin on January 7, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Phenomenal article....rightly put.

  • Josh Dascombe on January 7, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    Hey Fox,

    Without attempting to condone SKW's actions last night, I believe that Warne's behaviour (although outlandish) had the potential to shift the momentum of the game in the Stars favour, when in all honesty, they were getting trampled on.

    As you said in your piece, having players mic-ed up provides a spectacle that viewers at home could never experience otherwise. However, where does one draw the line when it comes to impacting what can and can't be said on the field? Would we be having the same discussion today if the microphones hadn't caught any of the exchanges.

    I would also be interested to here your thoughts on Samuels' role in the confrontation? Especially considering he seems to be universally disliked?

  • Fredric on January 7, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    This is an excellent piece. Not only was Warne's actions not within the spirit of the game, it was not in the spirit of common decency.

    Warne is a role model for so many young Australians and he should exercise a greater degree of self-control, especially on the field.

    You are to be commended on bringing up your children in a responsible manner, and they are indeed fortunate that you are their principle role model and not a poor example like Shane Warne.