Warne banned for T20 bust-up
Shane Warne (Getty Images)
Melbourne - Australian star Shane Warne admitted on
Monday he went too far after being banned for one match and fined
A$4 500 for an ugly, foul-mouthed clash with West Indian
The spin legend, captaining the Melbourne Stars
against city rivals the Renegades in the domestic Big Bash tournament on
Sunday, was furious that Samuels pulled back David Hussey when the
batsman was turning for a second run.
VIDEO: Shane Warne swears at Marlon Samuels
Then when Samuels was batting later in the game, Warne confronted the West Indian with the words "Fuck you, Marlon".
the next over Warne, in the field, threw the ball at the Jamaican's
chest and Samuels reacted by tossing his bat down the pitch towards the
The two players squared up and had to be separated by the umpires.
was later forced to retire hurt when he top-edged a Lasith Malinga
delivery into his eye. With blood gushing from his face, he needed
Cricket Australia on Monday charged both
players with multiple breaches of its code of behaviour and in Warne's
case found him guilty of three of four offences.
leg-spinner was sanctioned for dissent at an umpire's decision, using
obscene language and deliberate physical contact.
But he was
cleared of another charge of throwing the ball at or near the West
Indian in an "inappropriate and/or dangerous manner".
faces two breaches - deliberate physical contact and unbecoming
behaviour - but it is not clear when the charges will be heard as he is
nursing a suspected serious eye injury.
Stars' batsman Cameron
White was also charged with dissent and received a suspended A$1 000
fine. The Renegades won the game by nine wickets in front of a record
Australian domestic Twenty20 crowd of 46 581.
Warne, who cannot
play in his team's Tuesday night clash against Sydney Thunder in
Melbourne, initially claimed he had been harshly treated.
disappointed in some of my actions last night. Also I'm pretty
disappointed with the severity of the penalties too," he said after the
"I think that was pretty harsh."
But he later backed down, saying his behaviour overstepped the mark.
have decided to accept my penalty of a one-match ban. Let's hope the
boys can win tomorrow and we can make the semi-finals," Warne tweeted.
for support guys, sport can be emotional and at times very passionate
too. I went too far in trying to stand up for the team."