It's the Big Bash (and swearing) League! Warne involved in altercation with Samuels in Melbourne Twenty20 clash
12:12 GMT, 6 January 2013
21:14 GMT, 6 January 2013
Shane Warne is in danger of bringing an ignominious end to his distinguished career after an ugly spat with Marlon Samuels.
Sunday's Melbourne derby in front of a record Australian domestic Twenty20 crowd of 46,581 in the Big Bash was marred by one of the worst incidents seen in top cricket in years.
And while Samuels was most at fault for hurling his bat in scenes reminiscent of the infamous clash between Dennis Lillee and Javed Miandad, Warne first lobbed the ball at his opponent.
Finger of blame: Warne directs some fruity language towards Samuels
Bats your lot: Samuels lobbed his bat in Warne's direction after being hit on the shoulder
It all started when Samuels seemed to pull David Hussey back by his shirt as the Melbourne Stars batsman considered a second run after joining the Renegades bowler at the non-striker’s end.
Then when Samuels came in to bat, Warne wagged his finger at the West Indian and said: ‘F*** you, mate.’
In the next over, Warne ran in to
field a ball defended by Samuels and, with the batsman making no effort
to run, the leg-spinner lobbed the ball at his opponent, hitting him on
In a spin: Samuel's team were victorious, despite Warne's best efforts
Samuels hurled his bat down the pitch, fortunately without it hitting Warne.
The umpires calmed the pair down but
Warne, wearing a microphone in the field, told Fox Sports: ‘What do you
expect when someone throws a bat at you’
Samuels was later struck in the face
trying to pull Lasith Malinga and may be out of the competition with a
fractured eye socket.