London - England's cricketers have issued an apology for any offence caused
during their celebrations of their Ashes series win over Australia at
the Oval on Sunday.
The statement, released on the England and
Wales Cricket Board's website, followed allegations that England players
urinated on the pitch hours after the series had ended on Sunday night
in a 3-0 win for the home side.
"The England cricket team would
like to state that during our celebrations after winning the Ashes at no
time was there any intention to disrespect Surrey CCC, the Oval or
anyone else involved in the game we love," the statement on
"As a team we pride ourselves on respecting
all things cricket including the opposition and the grounds we play at.
We got carried away amongst the euphoria of winning such a prestigious
series and accept that some of our behaviour was inappropriate.
that has caused any offence to anyone we apologise for that and want to
reassure people that it was a simple error of judgement more than
The allegations arose following eye-witness
accounts from Australian journalists, who were still in the ground while
England celebrated their win.
Reports have since indicated the
ECB has launched an investigation into the matter after being contacted
by Surrey chief executive Richard Gould.
Sports minister Hugh
Robertson has even been drawn in to making a comment, telling the Daily
Telegraph: "If it happened, it's not good behaviour."
Off-spinner Graeme Swann appeared to confirm the story when writing in Tuesday's Sun newspaper, but attempted to play it down.
did go out to the middle of the pitch, all the lads, drinking beers,
singing a few songs and enjoying each other's company," he wrote.
"I think the call of nature might have come once or twice but it was nothing untoward.
"It was midnight, a private celebration in the middle of the pitch and the ground was dark."
this month, Sussex released Monty Panesar after the England spinner was
ejected from a nightclub in Brighton and then urinated in public.
31-year-old was a member of the England squad that drew the third Test
at Old Trafford to retain the urn, although he was not selected in the
XI that took the field in Manchester, and has since left Sussex to join
Essex on loan.