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Shane Warne and Marlon Samuels involved in spat in Melbourne

It's the Big Bash (and swearing) League! Warne involved in altercation with Samuels in Melbourne Twenty20 clash

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Paul Newman

PUBLISHED:

12:12 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

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

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

Bats your lot: Samuels lobbed his bat in Warne's direction after being hit on the shoulder

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
the arm.

In a spin: Samuel's team were victorious, despite Warne's best efforts

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.

Bangladesh crush West Indies in first ODI in Khulna

Tamim and Anamul stand helps Bangladesh crush Windies to take ODI series lead

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UPDATED:

20:08 GMT, 30 November 2012

Bangladesh today thrashed West Indies by seven wickets to win the first one-day international in Khulna.

After dismissing the visitors for just 199, Bangladesh cruised to their victory target with 58 balls to spare.

Openers Tamim Iqbal (58) and Anamul Haque (41) set the tone with a stand of 88 for the first wicket, with Naeem Islam then making exactly 50 not out as the hosts cantered to an easy win.

All too easy: Bangladesh batsman Naeem Islam hit a half century in Khulna

All too easy: Bangladesh batsman Naeem Islam hit a half century in Khulna

The victory target would have been even smaller but for a fightback from Sunil Narine (36) and Ravi Rampaul (25) after the West Indies slumped to 133 for eight.

Windies skipper Darren Sammy won the toss and opted to bat first, but there were no immediate fireworks from flamboyant opener Chris Gayle, with just three runs in the first three overs.

Lendl Simmons scored the first boundary of the day off the 23rd ball and that seemed to inspire Gayle, who plundered 14 off the fifth over, with two fours and a six off Mashrafe Mortaza.

Abul Hasan had Simmons dropped on 12 before Gayle took another maximum and two more fours off the over.

Shotmaker: Anamul Haque hits out at The Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium

Shotmaker: Anamul Haque hits out at The Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium

Mortaza removed Simmons for 13 in the first over after the powerplay and Sohag Gazi followed with the prize scalp of Gayle (35 from 40 balls) with only his second ball in ODIs.

Gazi sent Marlon Samuels packing for a duck, but Darren Bravo set about rebuilding the innings as he took 16 off Naeem's only over.

Kieron Pollard (15), Devon Thomas (16), Sammy (10) and Andre Russell (nought) all failed to make significant scores, while Bravo's entertaining knock ended on 35.

That left the score at 133 for eight but Narine, with 36 in 45 deliveries, and Rampaul made a major contribution at the back end of the innings.
Gazi (four for 29) eventually wrapped things up when he made Narine his final victim.

Swashbuckling: Bangladesh's Tameem Iqbal cuts to the boundary

Swashbuckling: Bangladesh's Tameem Iqbal cuts to the boundary

Bangladesh's reply got off to the ideal start when Tamim smashed four fours and two sixes in making 58 from 51 balls before being caught off the bowling of Narine.

And Anamul struck seven boundaries in his 41 before being caught and bowled by Sammy.

That briefly gave West Indies hope but Naeem made a composed half-century and, after Nasir Hossain made a quickfire 28, Mushfiqur Rahim (16 not out) finished the match in style with a boundary in a final total of 201 for three.

World Twenty20: New Zealand crash out

West Indies win Super Over to send New Zealand tumbling out of World Twenty20

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UPDATED:

14:36 GMT, 1 October 2012

New Zealand crashed out of World Twenty20 after a Super Over defeat by West Indies in a Super Eight match in Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Monday.

With the scores level, New Zealand scored 17 runs off the Super Over sent down by Marlon Samuels.

West Indies scored 19 off the first five deliveries bowled by Tim Southee to win the contest and keep alive their chances of a semi-final place.

Leading the way: Chris Gayle top scored for the West Indies as they beat New Zealand

Leading the way: Chris Gayle top-scored for the West Indies as they beat New Zealand

West Indies were bowled out for 139 in 19.3 overs with Chris Gayle top-scoring with a fluent 30 off 14 balls.

New Zealand seam bowlers Doug Bracewell (3-31) and Southee (3-21) shared six wickets between them.

Chasing the target, New Zealand struggled against the spin of Sunil Narine (3-20) but skipper Ross Taylor's unbeaten 62 helped them to finish on 139 for seven and force the Super Over.

Nowhere to hide: Tim Southee looked gutted as the West Indies players celebrated

Nowhere to hide: Tim Southee looked gutted as the West Indies players celebrated

World Twenty 20: Sri Lanka beat West Indies in Super Eights

Semis loom for Sri Lanka as Jayawardene oversees nine-wicket win over West Indies

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UPDATED:

17:19 GMT, 29 September 2012

Hosts Sri Lanka put one foot in the ICC World Twenty20 semi-finals with a nine-wicket trouncing of the West Indies at Pallekele.

A capacity and partisan crowd celebrated every run as captain Mahela Jayawardene (65no) oversaw a composed run chase after the Windies had made 129 for five.

Jayawardene always had things under control, in a 45-ball half-century containing eight fours, to ensure Sri Lanka completed their straightforward task with almost five overs to spare.

In control: Sri Lanka romped to an easy win thanks to some cool batting from Kumar Sangakkara (left) and Mahela Jayawardene

In control: Sri Lanka romped to an easy win thanks to some cool batting from Kumar Sangakkara (left) and Mahela Jayawardene

Sri Lanka v West Indies

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He shared an unbroken century stand
with Kumar Sangakkara and Sri Lanka therefore lead Super Eight Group E
as the only team with two wins to their name.

Marlon Samuels (50) and Dwayne Bravo
were largely responsible for the Windies mustering as many as they did
after Darren Sammy unsurprisingly chose to bat first on an awkward, used
surface.

Skilful seamer Nuwan Kulasekera
conceded only seven runs in his first three overs, but 21 to Samuels and
Andre Russell when he came back for his last.

Up in the air: Denesh Ramdin and Jayawardene look to the skies

Up in the air: Denesh Ramdin and Jayawardene look to the skies

Kulasekera was still in credit,
having picked up the key wicket of Chris Gayle when the West Indies'
dangerman edged behind as he chased an attempted cut at a wide ball.

Number three Samuels bided his time,
in a stand of 65 with Bravo, as Ajantha Mendis continued to make life
difficult and returned figures of two for 12 in favourable conditions
for his brand of slow bowling.

Samuels upped the ante in the later overs – apart from the penultimate, in which Lasith Malinga proved tough to get away – to complete a 34-ball half-century containing four fours and two sixes.

Strike bowler: Ajantha Mendis recorded figures of 12 for two

Strike bowler: Ajantha Mendis recorded figures of 12 for two

One of those maximums was a straight
one off Kulasekera which carried more than 100 metres to become the
biggest hit of the tournament so far.

But Samuels and his team must hope
they have more than that to celebrate when they return here on Monday,
to face New Zealand, in search of their second Super Eight victory – and
a shot after all at a place in the knockout stages in Colombo.

World Twenty20 2012: Australia beat West Indies in Colombo

Watson smashes Australia to simple victory in rain-hit clash with West Indies

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UPDATED:

17:47 GMT, 22 September 2012

Australia secured their place in the Super Eight stage of the World Twenty20 with a 17-run Duckworth/Lewis victory over West Indies after rain curtailed play in Colombo.

A heavy downpour interrupted the Australians' charge towards their 193 target when they were 100 for one – 17 runs ahead of the Duckworth/Lewis par score after 9.1 overs.

All-rounder Shane Watson – man of the match in Australia's opening Group B triumph over Ireland on Wednesday – was once again in full flow, unbeaten on 41 from 24 deliveries alongside Michael Hussey (28 off 19) when the heavens opened.

I've got the power: Shane Watson hits for six at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo

I've got the power: Shane Watson hits for six at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo

All-round excellence: Watson, who took two wickets and hit 41 runs, bowls to Samuels

All-round excellence: Watson, who took two wickets and hit 41 runs, bowls to Samuels

The Windies earlier posted 192 for
eight from their 20 overs after captain Darren Sammy won the toss and
stuck with his team's preferred tactics in this format, opting to bat
first – their total underpinned by half-centuries from Chris Gayle and
Marlon Samuels.

Opener Gayle smashed 54 off 33 balls –
including five fours and four sixes – before a soft dismissal, caught
and bowled by Watson, while Samuels plundered three fours and four sixes
in reaching 50 off 32. He holed out to David Warner at long-on off the
bowling of veteran spinner Brad Hogg.

Paceman Mitchell Starc (three for 35)
and all-rounder Watson (two for 29) were the pick of the Australia
bowlers, the former having been passed fit after recovering from
gastroenteritis. Pat Cummins, Daniel Christian and Hogg also claimed a
wicket apiece.

Big hitter: Chris Gayle drives to the boundary during his innings of 54 against Australia

Big hitter: Chris Gayle drives to the boundary during his innings of 54 against Australia

Crash, bang, wallop: Marlon Samuels hits out on his way to a half-century for West Indies

Crash, bang, wallop: Marlon Samuels hits out on his way to a half-century for West Indies

Australia suffered an early setback in
their response when Warner – much to his displeasure – was given out
caught behind by Denesh Ramdin off Fidel Edwards with the first ball of
the third over, but not before the opener had racked up 28 from 14
balls.

However, they continued at a decent
pace as Watson and Hussey set about reducing the 9.65 required run-rate
which ultimately proved crucial.

The result left West Indies facing a
winner-takes-all clash with Ireland on Monday to determine who will join
Australia in the Super Eights.

Timber! Dwayne Smith of the West Indies is bowled by Mitchell Starc (unseen), who took thee wickets

Timber! Dwayne Smith of the West Indies is bowled by Mitchell Starc (unseen), who took thee wickets

England v West Indies: Live score from the second ODI

England v West Indies: Follow the score from the second ODI at The Oval

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10:10 GMT, 19 June 2012

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England were too good for West Indies in the recent Test series and it was the same story in the opening one-dayer at the Ageas Bowl which the hosts won by 114 runs.

Alastair Cook's side line up at the Kia Oval in south London looking to extend their lead in into an unassailable one the three-match series

And Ian Bell can continue his excellent form at the top of the order following his impressive century in Southampton.

But today's match will be overshadowed by the recent tragic news of Tom Maynard's untimely death.

Flowers, messages of sympathy and shirts bearing the former Surrey man's name have been laid outside the ground as cricket comes to terms with the shock of his passing.

As well as a minute's silence, players on both teams wore black armbands as a mark of their respect – and the flags remained at half-mast at the top of The Oval pavilion.

England have won the toss and elected to bowl.

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England: Cook
(Capt), Bell, Trott, Bopara, Morgan, Kieswetter
(Wkt), Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Anderson, Finn.

West Indies: Gayle, Simmons, Samuels, Smith, Bravo, Pollard, Ramdin (Wkt), Sammy
(Capt), Best, Rampaul, Narine.

Umpires: R J Bailey and A L Hill

Cooking with gas: England are looking to extend their lead in the ODI series

Cooking with gas: England are looking to extend their lead in the ODI series

England v West Indies: Live score from the first ODI

England v West Indies: Follow the score from the first ODI

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09:44 GMT, 16 June 2012

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England were too good for West Indies in the recent Test series and the hosts will look to build on their success in the first of three 50-over matches today.

Alastair Cook's side line up in Southampton without Kevin Pietersen following his retirement from limited-overs cricket.

Ian Bell replaces KP at the top of the order despite needing 10 stitches in his chin after being injured during practice ahead of today's match.

The visitors suffered a major blow with the news Chris Gayle misses out with a shin injury.

West Indies won the toss and put England into bat.

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England: Cook (capt), Bell, Trott, Bopara, Morgan, Kieswetter(wk), Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Anderson, Finn

West Indies: Smith, Simmons, Bravo, Samuels, Pollard, Bravo, Ramdin (wk), Russell, Sammy (capt), Rampaul, Narine

Umpires: HDPK Dharmasena and RA Kettleborough

TV umpire: AL Hill

Match referee: JJ Crowe

Reserve umpire: NJ Llong

England v West Indies: Day five, third Test, Edgbaston

LIVE: England v West Indies – the action on day five of the third Test at Edgbaston

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10:32 GMT, 11 June 2012

Stay up to date with all the action on day five of the third Test between England and the West Indies with Sportsmail's
unrivalled team. We'll deliver over-by-over coverage as the action
unfolds at Edgbaston while our brilliant team of writers will update
with their insights from the ground. Email your thoughts to [email protected]

England v West Indies: Essentials

ENGLAND: Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wk), Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, Graham Onions.

WEST INDIES: Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Assad Fudadin, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Narsingh Deonarine, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Tino Best.

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Tony Hill (NZ).

First innings: West Indies 426.

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START DELAYED BY RAIN: ENGLAND TRAIL BY 205 RUNS WITH FIVE FIRST INNINGS WICKETS REMAINING

11.32pm: The light rain is continuing at Edgbaston. I'll bring you any news as soon as we have it but it looks highly unlikely we'll play before lunch.

11.13am: England name their squad for the three-match ODI series against West Indies today. The big question will be who will replace the retiring Kevin Pietersen at the top of the order There are plenty of candidates within the squad already being mooted, such as Ravi Bopara, Craig Kieswetter and Jonny Bairstow, while countless names have been suggested from the county circuit. Who would you select to open with skipper Alastair Cook Email your thoughts…

10.47am: While we wait for the rain to relent, here is some reading for you to get stuck into as Sportsmail reflects an a brilliant day of cricket yesterday…

Paul Newman reports on what he describes as the best day in the series here.

Lawrence Booth reports on Denesh Ramdin's dig at West Indian legend Sir Viv Richards here.

And former England captain Nasser Hussain writes exclusively for Sportsmail here.

10.38am: The covers are firmly on at Edgbaston, but the rain is only light, which means that when or if it stops, we should be able to come on swiftly. What is for certain is that the start is delayed.

10.30am: Good morning and welcome to the final day of what has been a thoroughly absorbing three-match Test series between England and West Indies. The forecast is pretty dreadful, but we're hoping to get some play in today to end the series on a high note.

Under cover: There was light rain in Birmingham in the morning

Under cover: There was light rain in Birmingham in the morning

Key man: Bell put on 100 with Pietersen on day four

Key man: Bell put on 100 with Pietersen on day four

Bumble at the Fourth Test: Toss is on the money

Bumble at the Fourth Test: Toss is on the money – for once

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22:22 GMT, 10 June 2012

TV interviews at the toss can be routine affairs but we had a gem here when the Test eventually started and Darren Sammy was summoned to the microphone. ‘Why isn’t Shiv Chanderpaul playing, Darren ‘He’s had an unfortunate incident.’ ‘What have you been doing in all the rain’ ‘Playing dominoes!’ Beats PlayStation!

Getting it right: West Indies captain Darren Sammy's interview after the toss was more entertaining than normal

Getting it right: West Indies captain Darren Sammy's interview after the toss was more entertaining than normal

Sledge Champion

Marlon Samuels has not only scored lots of runs but he has kept us entertained with his constant chatter. When he was asked why he sledged Graham Onions, he said: ‘I don’t like Onions with my food.’ Samuels, then added: ‘Why isn’t Anderson playing I like batting against him…’

Bring The Ashes here!

Why, oh why, are we not playing an Ashes Test here at Edgbaston next year It’s a fortress for England, it has a high capacity, a brilliant pitch and a superb new pavilion. I bet if you asked the England players they would all say they wish they were playing the Aussies here. I’m going to write to my MP about it.

Bring the Aussies here: England have a good record at Edgbaston

Bring the Aussies here: England have a good record at Edgbaston

An ugly century

However great that West Indies last wicket stand was, the reaction of Denesh Ramdin to his hundred was poor. Commentators are paid for opinions and the majority of them are along the lines of ‘what a great innings that was.’ I know emotions run high but the best way to react to criticism is to score runs and take wickets.

Best bar naan

Never change a winning formula and that applies to our choice of Indian here, Blue Mango, where we have eaten four nights running. It’s better than last year when, even though there are more curry houses in Birmingham than you can poke a stick at, our Sportsmail colleague Martin Samuel recommended one near Wolverhampton… then didn’t turn up!

Tino's a showman

What entertainment Tino Best provided! Throughout his innings you could hear Best saying on the stump mic: ‘Graeme Swann cannot get me out!’ And he didn’t. ‘Mind the windows, Tino,’ would have become ‘Mind the honours board, Tino’ with just five more runs.

A true entertainer: It was Tino Best's day with the bat and the ball

A true entertainer: It was Tino Best's day with the bat and the ball

Right to rest the key men

Lots of murmurings about England’s rotation policy when Tino Best and Denesh Ramdin were racking up the runs but for me that doesn’t change anything. People were saying ‘what if Anderson had been bowling’ or ‘what if Broad had been there’ but we don’t know it would have been any different. Players are being rested to keep them fresh for the summer and to extend their careers.

Denesh Ramdin must live up to his gesture: Nasser Hussain

Ramdin showed he cared but now he has to live up to his gesture

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UPDATED:

00:42 GMT, 11 June 2012

My first thought when I saw Denesh Ramdin wave his bit of paper was: ‘Crikey, I hope he doesn’t mean that Viv!’ Because, let’s face it, Sir Isaac Vivian Richards is not the first bloke you’d pick a fight with.

But everyone has to motivate themselves in their own ways. I can barely go a session in the commentary box without some comedian bringing up my three-fingered salute to the Lord’s media centre when I reached my one and only one-day century against India in 2002.

I remember getting to about 40 that day and Virender Sehwag was bowling his gentle off-breaks. I decided I could either do what I’d always done and stick one up in the air or I could crack on to a hundred.

Putting it in writing: Denesh Ramdin celebrates his century by hitting back at Sir Viv Richards

Putting it in writing: Denesh Ramdin celebrates his century by hitting back at Sir Viv Richards

And I decided to use the criticism I’d received about my role in the one-day side from Jonathan Agnew, Ian Botham and Bob Willis as a motivational factor.

When I reached three figures, I felt I would not have been true to myself had I not carried through with the promise I’d made to myself — so I ended up doing my mad gesticulations.

Making his point: Nasser Hussain makes his point to the Lord's press box

Making his point: Nasser Hussain makes his point to the Lord's press box

What is a bit different with Ramdin is that he actually went out to bat on Sunday morning with a piece of paper in his pocket. But if it motivated him, then that’s his decision. And at least it showed he cared.

People have questioned the spirit of West Indian cricket in recent years, but in this series we’ve seen some real character from Marlon Samuels, Darren Sammy, Tino Best and Ramdin. I don’t mind that one bit.

The one thing he has to be a bit careful about is the fact that he’s now drawn attention to himself and away from the hundred. Had he not had a pop at Viv, we’d all have been praising the century and left it at that. But people will now look out for Ramdin in the future: can he live up to this gesture

Still, at least he had the confidence to back himself. Viv has the right to criticise him in the commentary box — especially if he’s consistent in his criticism — and the players have the right to respond.

The important thing is that he moves on. Despite what people think, Sir Ian Botham and I get on brilliantly and we had a laugh about my outburst the day after it happened. Ramdin’s got to move on, too.