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Warne hopes legacy is intact

2013-01-08 21:52

Sydney - Australian spin-bowling great Shane Warne apologised on Tuesday for the foul-mouthed Twenty20 confrontation that earned him a ban and a fine, and said he hoped he had not tarnished his legacy in the sport.

Warne admitted he had gone too far in his on-field row with West Indian batsman Marlon Samuels in Australia's Big Bash League but defended his right to show "emotion and passion".

"I'm very passionate when I play the game. I overstepped the line and hence I'm missing a game," Warne, 43, told Australian broadcaster Fox Sports.

VIDEO: Shane Warne swears at Marlon Samuels

"I thought it was a pretty harsh penalty but I was more disappointed in my own actions, especially as a captain.

"It was emotion and passion. We sometimes like to see that in sportsmen and not robots.

"I apologise to the fans and I apologise to everyone. Sitting and doing detention, it's not easy to watch the boys."

Melbourne Stars captain Warne, furious after Samuels impeded batsman David Hussey, later confronted the West Indian with an obscenity and in the following over, hurled the ball at his chest.

Samuels, playing for city rivals the Melbourne Renegades, reacted by tossing his bat towards Australia's record Test wicket-taker and the two squared up before being separated by the umpires.

Warne was banned for one match and fined Aus$4 500 over the row. But he expressed hope that "one little incident" wouldn't besmirch his reputation among cricket fans.

"I'd like to think of the 25 years I've been playing first-class cricket rather than just one game," he said.

"I'd like to think there's a lot of positive and good things I've done for Australian cricket and all that sort of stuff over the years.

"One little incident here or there (doesn't matter). I do apologise for my behaviour and I'm disappointed in my own reaction."

Warne claimed 708 Test wickets in a celebrated career but he has also courted controversy, notably when he was fined for accepting money from a bookmaker and when he was sent home from the 2003 World Cup for taking a banned diuretic.

The colourful Warne's woes continued on Tuesday when a Scottish court fined him £500 in absentia for driving at more than 100 mph (160km/h) on a road with a 70 mph limit.

Samuels has been replaced in the Renegades team by England batsman Alex Hales after he top-edged a Lasith Malinga delivery into his face during Sunday's eventful game, suffering a suspected fracture of the eye socket.

AFP

Comments
  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-08 21:59

    Please people let's forgive him!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-09 00:15

      He's already forgotten.....

  • gwvickers - 2013-01-08 22:03

    Get over yourself, you prick, you got what you deserve, you have be arrogent all your life

      nadine.devilliers - 2013-01-09 07:54

      Shane Warne reminds me of someone in the South African team... Mmmmm who? Oh yes that fat pie eater G.Smith... :)

  • moses.govender.7 - 2013-01-08 22:24

    This whole thing is a publicity stunt...b4 this incident nobody knew or cared about this australian big bash! I am sure Warne was happy to oblige...

  • jim.page.92 - 2013-01-08 22:51

    Sorry Shane, your true colours have been shown... No legacy other than being remembered for the foul mouthed gamesman you were always suspected to be.

  • clenton2 - 2013-01-08 22:55

    Shane you should no better now you want your integrity to be intact I lost respect in you I am glad my son did not watch his so called hero

  • she.is.here.777 - 2013-01-08 22:57

    Not to mention the match fixing scandal. No worries mate legacy intact. lol

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2013-01-08 23:34

    New year,same old stupid Warne. I felt so bad that the bat didn't reach him#idiot

  • richard.barnes.3914 - 2013-01-08 23:48

    Warne's legacy will never be in tact. However, his legacy as a spin bowler is probably intact. I'd expect a journo to know the difference.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-09 00:16

    What legacy? Everyone outside of Melbourne has already forgotten you, mate.

  • a.j.bosch - 2013-01-09 05:54

    In tact? No his Legacy is in being a tellytubby lookalike back in the day along with match fixing. His legacy is still intact but it is not a good legacy.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-09 06:18

    Am I the only one, or in that photo does he look like David Hasselhoff after he played with a hair straightener?

  • manuel.p.quintino - 2013-01-09 10:08

    The Samuel vs Warne episode was like watching WWE. T20 has become a joke!

  • divan.terblanche - 2013-01-09 11:53

    Warne is a nitwitt!

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