England's cricketers have apologised for their 'inappropriate behaviour' following the final Test of the Ashes at the Oval.
Three England players were seen urinating on the pitch in the course of a boisterous celebration fuelled by a few drinks.
The apology appeared on the website of the England Cricket Board. "The England cricket team would like to state that during our celebrations after winning the Ashes at no time was there any intention to disrespect Surrey CCC, the Oval or anyone else involved in the game we love," the statement read.
"As a team we pride ourselves on respecting all things cricket including the opposition and the grounds we play at. 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 for that and want to reassure people that it was a simple error of judgement more than anything else."
In his column in the Sun newspaper on Tuesday, England's Graeme Swann confirmed that the urination had taken place.
"We did go out to the middle of the pitch, all the lads, drinking beers, singing a few songs and enjoying each other's company. I think the call of nature might have come once or twice but it was nothing untoward. It was midnight, a private celebration in the middle of the pitch and the ground was dark," he wrote.