January 7, 2013
Australian cricket legend Shane Warne has been handed a one-match ban and a $4,500 fine after an incident with Melbourne Renegades player Marlon Samuels at the MCG yesterday.
The Renegades beat the Melbourne Stars by 9 wickets, but that’s not what the 50,000 spectators leaving the ground were discussing as they made their way to the bars on the Yarra River.
During the Stars first inning Warne had been angered by Samuels who appeared to pull back David Hussey as he was attempting a second run. This isn’t the first time Samuels has been in the spotlight for his behaviour during his time at the Renegades, and Warne took it upon himself to defend his team mate.
During the second innings after a heated exchange of words in the previous over, Warne under armed the ball into the body of Samuels. In return the West Indian threw his bat in the direction of the 43 year old Australian. Ten minutes later, the game eventually resumed as both players aired their views to the helpless umpires.
The night didn’t finish well for either man, as Samuels was struck on the eye from a Lasith Malinga short ball causing him to retire hurt.
With the Stars staring defeat in the face, it appeared as oppose to being really annoyed with Samuels, the leg-spinner was trying to change the course of the match by ‘making something happen’, which is what he has done many time in his career. Unfortunately for Warne this time around he was not at the height of his powers, and there was no Glenn Mcgrath bowling at the other end, or Matt Hayden barking out orders at slip.
Warne’s partner and now chief Stars cheerleader Liz Hurley seemed very confused on Twitter as the incident was evolving and has expressed her disappointment at his punishment: “I think it’s grossly unfair that @warne888 is banned from tomorrow’s game!”
Warne has not lost his passion for the game and it made for great T.V, but to think his punishment was harsh is wrong, especially considering he had a microphone on with millions of young children watching and listening.
The Scoop 07/01/13