27th Aug 2013 9:15am | By Editor
England’s Ashes winners couldn’t tear themselves away from the Oval wicket after bad light stopped play on Sunday, apparently getting drunk on beer and champagne on the square with some players, allegedly, pissing on the field.
Twitter got a work out after the umpires stopped England short of an impressive final day run chase.
Wicketkeeper Matt Prior tweeted an image of Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow and others, while the Mirror reports Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson apparently relieved themselves while being cheered on by teammates.
Officials of Surrey County Cricket Club, whose home ground is Kia Oval, were “very disappointed”.
"Nobody wants to put the mockers on any England celebration but that will be viewed by many people and by us as an irresponsible thing to have done,” Surrey cricket ceo Richard Gould said.
“Knockabout stuff is one thing. But it is a very silly thing to do on a pitch at the Oval where there is so much heritage and history.
“I’ve spoken to the ECB let them know what we are aware of. We will let them investigate further and see what they come back to us with.”
The on-field party kicked off after fans had left the ground but in full view of the press box.
Respected Herald Sun cricket writer Malcolm Conn said: “A number of players including Stuart Broad, Kevin Pietersen and Jimmy Anderson took it in turns urinating on the pitch to the cheers of their teammates.
“This could be clearly seen from the outside overflow areas of the press box.”
England and Australian fans slammed the behaviour, with the most extreme calling them yobs, comparing them to football players and calling for their sacking.
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan saw the funny side.
Looks like England are already starting to prepare wickets for the arrival of India next summer. Watering the Oval last night after play!!!!— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 26, 2013
Not surprisingly, Ian Botham, who’s said England can win 5-0 in Oz, defended them:
“I see some people have a problem with players celebrating a huge triumph for the country, get over it. Did they cause any damage?
“They were just celebrating and letting of a bit of steam, for goodness sake, they’ve earned it. And in any case the pitch was very dry.”
In other ‘hilarious’ hijinks, Broad tweeted a pic of Prior and Cook hitchhiking outside the ground, still in their whites.
While Anderson posted an image of Graeme Swann wearing a rather fetching swan hat.
Kevin Pietersen was feeling a little worse for wear the next day.
Images via Getty/ Twitter
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