Shane Warne banned and fined after Marlon Samuels clash
Shane Warne has accepted a one-match ban and fine after a clash with Marlon Samuels in Australia's Big Bash Twenty20 competition.
Warne, captaining Melbourne Stars against city rivals the Renegades, hit Samuels with the ball as he attempted to return it to the wicketkeeper.
In return Samuels, 31, threw his bat in the 43-year-old spinner's direction before an angry exchange at the MCG.
“I'm disappointed at some of my actions last night as captain and as a player, but I'm also very disappointed at the severe penalty I received.”
"I went too far in trying to stand up for the team," said Warne on Twitter.
Warne had been angered by West Indian Samuels pulling back David Hussey when the batsman was turning for a second run during the Stars' innings.
Former Australia spinner Warne was fined £2,900 (AU $4,500) by Cricket Australia, with part of that for using obscene language in a match the Renegades eventually won by nine wickets.
Warne will now miss the match against Sydney Thunder on Tuesday as his side aim for a place in the semi-finals.
"I have decided to accept my penalty of a one-match ban," said Warne. "Let's hope the boys can win tomorrow and we can make the semi-finals.
"Thanks for support guys, sport can be an emotional and at times very passionate too."
He added: "I'm disappointed at some of my actions last night as captain and as a player, but I'm also very disappointed at the severe penalty I received."
Samuels was also charged following the incident although his case has not been dealt with yet as the player was injured during the match. His innings came to an end when he top-edged a delivery from Lasith Malinga into his face and suffered an injury to his eye.
The problem could end Samuels's participation in this year's Big Bash.
"Marlon is recovering in the team hotel and will be taking time off to care for his injury," said Renegades coach Simon Helmot.
He added: "We're now waiting for the swelling around his eye to subside before determining the full extent of the blow.
"We are also assessing what, if anything, this means in terms of squad composition for the remainder of the tournament and will take action to source an international replacement if necessary."