Vaughan: Refund England fans after Ashes stars rested
Former skipper says cricket stars should play in one-dayers as they apologise for peeing on Oval pitch
ENGLAND'S cricketers have apologised for urinating on the wicket at The Oval in the wake of their Ashes success at the weekend. But it should be the selectors who are sorry, says former captain Michael Vaughan, after the bulk of the Test team was dropped from the one-day squad for the series next month.
Only three of the Test side that almost won the final match of the series will line up against Australia in the 50-over games, after captain Alastair Cook, batsman Ian Bell, off-spinner Graeme Swann and seamers James Anderson and Stuart Broad were all rested.
The news prompted Vaughan to tweet: "Can’t sell tickets then rest 5 star names."
He later added:
No problems resting players but I think Supporters who have paid good money to watch the best should get a small refund...
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 27, 2013
England's reputation took another blow when some members of the team were seen peeing on the pitch by journalists late on Sunday night as they toasted their 3-0 series victory over Australia with beers on the Oval outfield.
Rumours that they had relieved themselves on the wicket appeared to be confirmed by spinner Graeme Swann. Now the England Cricket Board has released a statement by the players insisting that "at no time was there any intention to disrespect Surrey CCC, The Oval or anyone else involved in the game we love".
It did not refer to the allegations about peeing on the wicket, but stated: "We got carried away amongst the euphoria of winning such a prestigious series and accept that some of our behaviour was inappropriate. If that has caused any offence to anyone we apologise ... it was a simple error of judgement more than anything else."
Writing on Crincinfo, David Hopps said the post-match celebrations offer "a final restatement of team morale and a release from the strict professionalism... which is now the lot of an England cricketer.
"But ... England's players, who are well practised in zipping up their mouths in an era of cautious media comments, may now have to receive training in zipping up their trousers." ·