England spinner Graeme Swann admits to wicket abuse

Last Updated: Tue, Aug 27, 2013 15:33 hrs

LONDON: There was more than just the bubbly flowing as England's cricket team celebrated its Ashes win over Australia at The Oval.

Australian journalists, working late on Sunday, reported seeing some England players sitting on the grass wicket drinking beer and then urinating on the field.

"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," England player Graeme Swann said in Tuesday's editions of The Sun newspaper. "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."

The England and Wales Cricket Board has declined to say if they are investigating the incident but former Australia star Shane Warne said the England players behaved in an arrogant way.

"It's a real shame they let themselves down so badly and I'm sure it will have some big ramifications from the ECB," Warne said in the Daily Telegraph.

England won the series 3-0, with two of the five Tests drawn.

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