Warne Gets One-Game Ban, Fine for Altercation in Twenty20 Match

Shane Warne was banned for one game and fined A$4,500 ($4,700) by Cricket Australia after being found guilty of three out of four code of behavior breaches for his Twenty20 match altercation with West Indian Marlon Samuels.

The 43-year-old Warne, who retired from international cricket in 2007 with an Australian record 708 Test wickets, clashed with Samuels during last night’s Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades.

Warne, the Stars’ captain, grabbed at the allrounder’s shirt mid-pitch during the Renegades’ successful run chase at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the pair exchanged words. Moments later, Warne hit Samuels with the ball when fielding near the batsman, prompting Samuels to throw his bat in the air.

Cricket Australia said in a statement today that Warne was guilty of engaging in inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with another player, showing dissent at an umpire’s decision and using obscene or offensive language. It cleared him of throwing the ball at Samuels in a dangerous manner.

Samuels, who earlier grabbed Stars batsman David Hussey by the shirt and prevented him taking off for a second run, was charged with two offenses under the behavior code: engaging in inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with another player and “unbecoming behavior.”

Samuels was forced to retire hurt when on 17 with an eye-socket injury after edging a delivery from Sri Lanka paceman Lasith Malinga through the grill of his helmet. His disciplinary hearing will be held when he’s able to participate, Cricket Australia said.

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