England have celebrated their third successive Ashes series win by
urinating on The Oval pitch in a distasteful postscript to a thrilling
According to the stuff.co.nz website, four hours after England cemented their 3-0 series triumph, players
moved their post-match party from the dressing rooms to the centre of
the field just behind the wicket.
Around 23:30, several players including Stuart Broad and Kevin
Pietersen took it in turns to get up from where they were sitting and
wander over to relieve themselves on the pitch.
England's watering of The Oval strip occurred with cleaning staff and other game day workers still present at the ground.
Earlier England captain Alastair Cook had said he expected his team
would be given a ''respectful'' reception by Australian supporters when
the series returns Down Under in November.
The Australian team publicly criticised England for their negative
tactics during the fifth Test and coach Darren Lehmann also fired a shot
at fast bowler Broad which earned him a fine.
Cook said the bagging of his team by Australia wouldn't faze his
side as they now turn their attention to three months time for the first
Test in Brisbane.
''It's water off a duck's back,'' Cook said.''You can say what you
want. The guys in the other side are entitled to their opinion. What is
important to us is how we go about things and how we perform.''
England and Australia were at each other verbally all series, with
tensions spilling over at various times in the fifth Test.
When asked whether England had sledged Australia more this series
than in prior series, Cook didn't deny that was the case but said things
did not get out of hand.
''It's been an interesting series in that way,''he said.''It's been
played in the right spirit. It's been hard, tough cricket and no side
has been prepared to give an inch. Maybe because it's so recent you
forget what happened in 2011, 2009 and 2007.''
Despite Australian coach Lehmann encouraging home fans to ''give it
to'' controversial non-walker Broad, Cook was confident England would be
well received by Australian crowds.
''I think pretty respectful. The last time we went there I thought the atmosphere was fantastic,'' he said.
''When we have played well they have treated us with respect and I don't think it will be any different.''
Australian captain Michael Clarke denied ill-will between the teams
and said he would be having a beer with England players post-match.
Clarke was involved in a slanging match with Pietersen on day three
at The Oval but insisted the series had been played hard but fair.
Cook defended the fact his team scored at just two runs an over on day three, but five on the final day.
He said Clarke deserved ''a little bit of credit'' for a bold
declaration which gave England a target of 227 from 44 overs to win in
the final session.
In the end bad light stopped play and forced a draw with England 21 runs shy with four overs left.