England sorry for Oval behaviour

The England cricket team said they did not mean to "disrespect" Surrey Cricket Club and apologised for their "inappropriate behaviour" amid reports that several players urinated on the Oval pitch after winning the Ashes.

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Broad hopes statement puts an end to Oval incident

England cricketer Stuart Broad said the whole team decided to release a statement apologising for their "inappropriate" behaviour at the Oval in a bid to put an end to the matter.

England cricketer Stuart Broad. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

After winning the Ashes, the England players reportedly urinated on the pitch with spinner Graeme Swann telling The Sun: "I think the call of nature might have come once or twice but it was nothing untoward."

Asked who had decided to release this morning's statement, Broad said: "The whole England side, all the guys thought that a statement would put an end to it and I think it has."

When he was quizzed further, an England spokeswoman said: "We've issued the apology and we've got nothing more to say on that."

England apologise for 'inappropriate behaviour' at Oval

The England cricket team has apologised for "inappropriate" behaviour at the Oval amid reports that several players urinated on the pitch after winning the Ashes.

England won the five-game series against Australia. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

A statement from the ECB said: "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.

"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."


England team 'investigated over pitch urination claim'

England's cricket authorities are set to investigate after spinner Graeme Swann appeared to confirm that the nation's Ashes heroes urinated on the Oval pitch as they celebrated beating Australia.

Australian press reported yesterday that players such as James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Kevin Pietersen "took turns" relieving themselves after sealing a 3-0 series win.

England captain Alastair Cook holds aloft the Ashes urn after the 3-0 series win. Credit: Empics

Swann told the Sun: "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."

Surrey Cricket Club, who play their county matches at the Oval, were said to be unimpressed by the high jinks.

Chief executive Richard Gould reportedly contacted the England and Wales Cricket Board and said they were "looking into the matter".

England players bask in Ashes glory

England's players and fans were jubilant after Alastair Cook's victorious side were presented with the Ashes urn following a 3-0 series win.

Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen celebrate with the England fans. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Batsman Pietersen holds aloft the Ashes urn. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Fireworks mark England's third successive Ashes series win. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

England get their hands on Ashes urn after 3-0 win

England are celebrating a 3-0 Ashes victory over Australia after the final Test of the series ended in a draw at the Oval.

England's players are jubilant after outclassing Australia in the series. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/
Alastair Cook struggled with the bat but claimed a first Ashes win as captain. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/
Australia will have a quick chance for revenge in the next Ashes series this winter. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/


Ashes ends in farce as bad light curtails thrilling climax

The final Test of the Ashes has ended in a draw after bad light stopped play with England 21 runs short of an historic victory.

There were four overs remaining in the match when the umpires called the teams off, much to the England players' frustration.

Ian Bell was run out with the last ball of the 2013 Ashes series. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

However, the hosts' annoyance was short-lived, as they soon began to celebrate the 3-0 series victory.

England chase historic win in dramatic Ashes finale

An explosive batting partnership between Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott has put England on the brink of a 4-0 Ashes series victory on a thrilling final day of the series.

Kevin Pietersen hit a half-century off 41 balls.

Australia earlier declared on 111-6 in the rain-affected fifth Test at the Oval, setting England a target of 227 to win the Test and seal their best ever series result.

Pietersen has hit a half-century off 41 balls, while Trott is currently 49 not out as the hosts reached 150-2 with 12 overs left to play.

Fans pack Oval for final day of Ashes series

A capacity crowd at the Oval watched England and Australia battle for victory on the fifth day of the final Ashes Test.

England, who lead 3-0 in the five-Test series, have been set a target of 227 to win the final Test.

A crowd of 23,000 watched an exciting final day at the Oval. Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport
England can claim a 4-0 series win for the first time in Ashes history. Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Watson's record hit helps Australia dent England bid

Australia's attempt to deny England a historic 4-0 Ashes series victory has begun strongly after the tourists ended 307-4 on the first day of the 5th Test at The Oval.

Michael Clarke's team were indebted to Shane Watson, who hit a career best 176 against a new-look England bowling attack that included surprise call-ups Chris Woakes and Simon Kerrigan.

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