Former Hampshire skipper fined for Big Bash bust-up

SHANE WARNE

SHANE WARNE

First published in International

Shane Warne has been fined 4,500 Australian dollars in the wake of his nasty clash with Marlon Samuels in Sunday’s Big Bash Melbourne derby.

In unprecedented scenes at the MCG, the Hampshire Cricket legend engaged in a verbal war of words with Samuels, before the former Australian spinner threw the ball into the West Indian's midriff in the act of returning it to the wicketkeeper.

That prompted Samuels to hurl his bat in Warne's direction, sparking more angry exchanges as the umpires attempted to calm matters in a match that was eventually won by the Renegades by nine wickets.

Both Warne and Samuels were charged following the incident, although Samuels did not face the charges yesterday as he suffered a serious knock to his eye after top-edging a delivery from Lasith Malinga into his face.

Warne, though, was suspended for breaching Cricket Australia code of behaviour rule 2.2, which states that a player not "engage in inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with other players or officials".

Under this rule, Warne was fined 3,000 Australian dollars and suspended for today’s clash with the Sydney Thunder.

Warne – who skippered Hampshire from 2004-2007 inclusive - was fined a further AUD 1,000 for using obscene language towards Samuels after he caught yelling "f*** you, Marlon" at the West Indian.

And Warne was also stung for AUD 500 fine under rule 1.2 which addresses showing dissent at an umpire's decision.

Warne was initially charged under rule 2.1, which involves showing "serious dissent" at decisions, but this charge was downgraded on today.

However, the charge of "throwing a ball at a player in a dangerous or inappropriate manner" was dismissed.

Samuels has also been charged with two breaches of the CA code of behaviour for "engaging in inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with other players or officials" and also under rule 6, which states "players and officials must not at any time engage in behaviour unbecoming to a representative player or official that could (a) bring them or the game of cricket into disrepute or (b) be harmful to the interests of cricket".

Regardless of the charges, Samuels' participation in the Big Bash League may be over for this summer as the Renegades wait for swelling around his eye to subside in order to determine the extent of his injury.

With some reports suggesting Samuels has a broken eye socket, the Renegades have brought in England’s Alex Hales as a replacement for the West Indian.

Along with Warne and Samuels, Melbourne Stars batsman Cameron White was also charged for dissent after objecting to an umpire's decision in Sunday’s game.

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