Melbourne Stars captain Shane Warne is in a bit of strife after getting in a heated exchange with Marlon Samuels during the derby against the Melbourne Renegades at the MCG on Sunday night.
Warne received multiple code of conduct charges stemming from a few heated incidents. After completing one of his overs, Warne angrily approached Samuels, dropped a huge eff bomb picked up by on field microphones, tugged at his shirt and aggressively points in the face of the batsman. During the next over, while fielding, Warne gathered a deflected ball and threw the return into the nearby Samuels rather than to his keeper. Samuels launches his bat in retaliation and it narrowly misses Warne as the bowler backpedals to the safety of his teammates.
Although Warne’s quick backtrack was pretty weak, it doesn’t compare to the punch-and-run Carmelo Anthony pulled off during the Knicks-Nuggets brawl of 2006 (apologies for the quality, the NBA loves using YouTube to promote their brand in all instances except when fights occur).
Cricket Australia allocated seven charges stemming from the game and Stars player Cameron White has aleady left his hearing this morning with a $1000 fine for showing dissent to an umpire's decision. Warne and Samuels will be seen later today.
Warne faces four charges: showing dissent to an umpire’s decision, engaging in inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with another player, throwing the ball at or near a player in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner and for using language that is obscene, offensive or of a generally insulting nature to another player, official or spectator.
Warne's actions carried over from the Stars’ innings at the crease when Samuels held back batsman David Hussey from running during a bowling stint.
The incident is another in a long list of poor choices Warne would probably like to take back from his extensive playing career, but at the very least it will draw attention to what has been a pretty stagnant 2012-13 Big Bash series.
(Update) Warne has copped a one-match suspension to go along with a $4,500 fine.
“For me as the Melbourne Stars (captain) I'm very conscious of the image of the game,” Warne said.
“I'm disappointed in some of my actions last night. Also I'm pretty disappointed with the severity of the penalties too.
Warne will appeal Cricket Australia's decision.
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