In a bizarre end to what has proven to be a controversial Ashes series, England celebrated their 3-0 victory by, of all, things, urinating on the pitch.
Sunday's Test match started out innocently enough. England was in prime position for a victory, needing just 21 runs from 24 balls with a packed Oval cheering them on. Then, citing Section 3.5.3 of the ICC regulations, umpires Aleem Dar and Kumar Dharmasena stopped play due to what they claimed were bad lighting conditions on the pitch. Instead of pulling off the win, the umpires declared a draw, sparking boos and jeers from the audience.
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The said lighting conditions also came into play when, with Australia's Michael Clarke declaring that England needed 227 runs to win in 44 overs, umpire Dar called for the light meter, something which Clarke felt was done a little too late. Clarke then protested Dar's decision and was irked when the umpire shoved him away with his left hand.
""I remember Aleem touching me and I asked him politely to not touch me because if I touched him I'd be suspended for three matches," Clarke told reporters.
The stoppage of play due to poor lighting meant that Australia had played a ninth straight Test without winning -- the longest streak since 1985-86.
With the draw -- and England's series win -- secured, the players started celebrating in the locker room, moving later that night to the middle of the pitch.
And, with dozens of spectators and pitch maintenance workers around, Stuart Broad, Kevin Pietersen, and Jimmy Anderson urinated on the pitch as their teammates cheered them on.
Sunday's unfortunate actions brought about comparisons to England cricketer Monty Panesar, whose international career is in jeopardy after a nightclub incident that happened on Aug 5. The 31-year-old spin bowler had been out partying in Brighton when he was accused of harrassing a group of women in the nightclub. He was asked to leave, but not before going up to a promenade and urinating on the nightclub's bouncers. Panesar had been selected for the Test match at Old Trafford that won the Ashes for England, but did not play.
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