London : Spin legend Shane Warne has termed ‘ordinary and arrogant’ the three top England players’ alleged act of urinating on the pitch at The Oval here hours after the fifth and final Ashes Test ended on Sunday night.
The allegations, which originated from Australian journalists who were at the press box as darkness enveloped the ground, involved Stuart Broad, Kevin Pietersen and Jimmy Anderson who had all made significant contributions to England’s 3-0 triumph in the series.
“… To go and disrespect something as ancient as the Oval pitch in such an unnecessary and crass way is a pretty ordinary and arrogant thing to do, I wonder also if the opposition was mentioned too?,” Warne wrote in the ‘Daily Telegraph’. “When you play in a six to eight-week series of intense Ashes cricket you should always have a chance to let your hair down at the end.”Unfortunately the way people are judged these days it’s best to celebrate within the confines of the dressing room.
“Stay in there as long as you like, get as drunk as you like if that is what you want to do and enjoy your team-mates and the moment.”
The players are alleged to have taken turns to urinate on the pitch after they sat on the ground with their post-match drinks, according to an Australian journalist. The three players relieved themselves on the pitch to the cheers of teammates as the England players celebrated the victory.
According to media reports, about five hours after the last Test was stopped due to bad light with England close to victory, the players gathered near the pitch to continue their celebrations.
While the center of the ground was quite dark, lights were on in the grandstands with people still cleaning up after a late finish, which saw the game go beyond usual time.
The incident has taken some sheen away from England’s win over Australia who failed to rise to the occasion.