Shane Warne to miss Big Bash regular season finale after ban for spat with Marlon Samuels
Shane Warne has been banned for a game for his part in an ugly confrontation with Marlon Samuels on Sunday.
Last Updated: 07/01/13 1:36pm
Warne was furious that Samuels tried to pull back Stars team-mate David Hussey while turning for a second run in the first innings of the Big Bash derby clash with the Renegades at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The legendary leg-spinner later swore at Samuels and then threw the ball at the Jamaican's chest, with Samuels reacting by throwing his bat in Warne's general direction.
Samuels was later forced to retire hurt when he top-edged a Lasith Malinga delivery into his eye, ending the evening in hospital with a potentially serious injury.
Warne was charged with four separate offences, and found guilty of three of them, and he will now have to sit out the Stars' regular season finale against the Sydney Thunder.
He originally admitted to being upset by the severity of sanctions, saying: "I'm disappointed in some of my actions last night. Also I'm pretty disappointed with the severity of the penalties too," he said after the hearing. I think that was pretty harsh."
But he later backed down, saying his behaviour overstepped the mark and apologising again on Twitter.
"I have decided to accept my penalty of a one-match ban. Let's hope the boys can win tomorrow (Tuesday) and we can make the semi-finals. Thanks for support guys, sport can be emotional and at times very passionate too. I went too far in trying to stand up for the team."
Samuels also faces two charges for his part in the incident, but his injury meant he was unable to answer them.
Stars batsman Cameron White was fined AU$1,000 for dissent during the same clash, which took the gloss off a superb innings from Renegades opener Aaron Finch that led them to a nine-wicket win.