The Investec Ashes 2013 August 28, 2013

England players apologise for Oval revelry

ESPNcricinfo staff

The England players have apologised for their celebrations at The Oval after winning the Ashes 3-0 on Sunday. There were reports - neither officially confirmed nor denied - that they had urinated on the pitch but the statement issued via the ECB on Wednesday did not go into the specifics of the incident.

"The England cricket team would like to state that during our celebrations after winning the Ashes at no time was there any intention to disrespect Surrey CCC, The Oval or anyone else involved in the game we love," the statement read.

"As a team we pride ourselves on respecting all things cricket including the opposition and the grounds we play at. We got carried away amongst the euphoria of winning such a prestigious series and accept that some of our behaviour was inappropriate.

"If that has caused any offence to anyone we apologise for that and want to reassure people that it was a simple error of judgement more than anything else."

Australian cricket journalists were still at The Oval after the crowds had dispersed when they reported seeing several England players taking it turns to relieve themselves on the pitch. It is not known how many players were involved.

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  • ESPN on December 19, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    @manish1020 nobody considers beating Australia an achievement anymore? Wow major case of egg on face now. I bet your wishing you could get even close to australia now... Say bye to the Ashes for a long time

  • Dummy4 on August 31, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Not the worst thing they could have done!

  • Chetan on August 30, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    I see many comments backing England players on this and justifying their act. Why? This is the lowest level of celebration

  • Alan on August 30, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    I am sick of people giving Claytons apologies. STOP blaming the public by saying "we apologise if anyone was offended" instead of "we apologise for doing the wrong thing". It is NOT the public's fault for being offended by the bad behaviour.

  • Owen on August 29, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Also, some of the comments below are brilliant! People complaining about it like they were actually there and being urinated on themselves! 'Ban them for 5 years' from Kiran Reddy is my favourite. Lets put this in perspective; no-one was hurt, no damage was caused, no rules were broken (except perhaps public urination, although they could argue it wasn't in public), no kids were there to be traumatised. It's a natural bodily function and I don't see how people who weren't there are getting so offended about it.

    Disrespect to a cricket ground? Give me a break, it's not the Temple Mount!!!

  • Saroj on August 29, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Nothing is permanent in this world. A momment of happiness should not take away all your earnings.

  • Chetan on August 29, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Respect your office work place. It is your bread and butter..

  • Dummy4 on August 29, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Wait for two months.. we will do the same at home when you come to return the #urn

  • Rehan on August 29, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    England is no doubt is a great test team & their players are ideal for juniors & coming generations through out the world. Although, they have apologies, but they should remember that they have millions of cricket fans over the world having age circle from seven years to seventy years. Therefore, it is always expected that they will always show excellence of execution & sports man spirit on the field & off the field. I am not blaming English players but I would like to say that execution of sports man spirit is always expected from all sportsman & specially for those who have millions of fans through out the world on all age circles.

    Therefore, we suggest that every sports man should be a gentleman on & off the field so that the juniors & coming generations learn from them & they treat sports representatives as a member of peace & love & the humanity should be proud of them.

  • Dummy4 on August 29, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    it is the most disgraceful act on the part of the English players - mere apologising for a shameful act on a sacred ground does not suffice - thorough enquiry should be made and if found guilty they should all be banned from playing at the historic Oval for ever -

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