Australia sorry for Panesar tweet

Australian Cricket's governing body has apologised "for any offence caused" after a picture was posted on its Twitter account of four Sikh men with the caption: "Will the real Monty Panesar stand up?"

Cricket Australia apologises for Panesar tweet

Australian Cricket's governing body has apologised after a picture was posted on its Twitter account of four Sikh men with the caption: "Will the real Monty Panesar stand up?"

The offensive tweet has since been deleted by Cricket Australia.
The offensive tweet has since been deleted by Cricket Australia. Credit: Screengrab

Cricket Australia posted the image of the unnamed men dressed in Teletubby costumes, none of whom are the England spin bowler, shortly before the start of the second Test.

The picture had been circulated on the internet last month.

Cricket Australia deleted the tweet within half an hour and tweeted: "We apologise for any offence caused with our previous tweet.

"That was certainly not the intention. It has been removed."

Australia closed the first day of the second Test on 273 for 5.

Cook: 'Ugly' scenes at end of first Ashes Test

England cricket captain Alastair Cook said there were "ugly" scenes at the end of the first Ashes Test as he confirmed a meeting on sledging with the match referee had taken place.

We have chatted together - obviously a private chat - and it is important that I am responsible for the England players. Some of those scenes were ugly at the end of that game, and we do have a duty to play the game in the right way.

We want to play tough cricket, just like Australia do.

But we have to make sure we stick to those boundaries, and I bear a responsibility for that.

– Alastair Cook

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England captain attends sledging talk ahead of Test

England cricket captain Alastair Cook has attended a discussion with the match referee about the impact of sledging and the extent to which it can be tolerated in the second Ashes Test.

England cricket captain Alastair Cook. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

There was an angry confrontation between Australia captain Michael Clarke and England bowler James Anderson at the end of the first Test.

Both Cook and Clarke were required to speak to match referee Jeff Crowe before the second Test in Adelaide - something Cook confirmed he has done.

The Australia captain was fined almost £2,000 by the International Cricket Council after telling Anderson to "get ready for a broken ****ing arm". The comment was picked up on the stump mic.

Members of both teams have since insisted there was nothing out of the ordinary in the level of sledging in Brisbane.

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