Finally, some passion in the Big Bash

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    Frenemies. Marlon Samuels and Shane Warne have history. (Image via Fox Sports)

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    The Melbourne derby produced something that has been so far lacking in the Big Bash: passion.

    It was still good to see a few players out there that looked like they genuinely cared in front of 46,000 people at the MCG. Up until now, it looked like a lot of the players were just out there for the quick dollars.

    I’m sure there’s going to be plenty of press about exactly what happened over the next 24 hours so I won’t repeat it in full here.

    But whatever the motivation for what went on, it was great to watch.

    Renegades player Marlon Samuels started with a brief moment with David Hussey, before Shane Warne decided to step-in. Samuels then tossed his bat in protest, before being forced off after top-edging a ball into his helmet.

    From the Fox Sports director having a heart attack when Warne launched a few F-bombs while miked up, to Samuels throwing his bat after being provoked, there was some genuine excitement on the pitch.

    Unfortunately the game itself wasn’t half as good, but as someone that has been watching the Big Bash season two totally underwhelmed by the lack of genuine sporting competition, it added that extra element into the contest that other sports provide regularly.

    That is, the feeling that the result matters.

    I’d finally add that it’s a bit of a shame a couple of those players are getting ‘promoted’ to the one day team – who could be destined to play in front of smaller crowds than they would be if they stayed in the BBL.

    You’d think Cricket Australia would wait a week or so until after the BBL finishes before starting the one day series. We will see what happens as the BBL continues to grow.

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    • January 7th 2013 @ 8:30am
      Christo the Daddyo said | January 7th 2013 @ 8:30am | ! Report

      Passion is great, but that was pretty ugly. Warne should be suspended for the rest of the season for his behaviour. His pathetic excuse after the game was that there was nothing to worry about because it was all just “heat of the moment stuff” just beggars belief.

      Samuels should cop something too, but Malinga took care of that. I presume he’ll be out for a while with that injury.

      • January 7th 2013 @ 1:39pm
        catch a marlon said | January 7th 2013 @ 1:39pm | ! Report

        Well here’s someone that didn’t watch the whole game eh Christo et al. Probably didn’t see Marlon Samuels claim a catch at cover that he clearly grassed on the replay, or see him stop his first bowl mid delivery stride (every game he does this) just to see the batsman’s intent. Add to that when he grabbed Hussey’s shirt to prevent a further run during the Stars’ innings. I agree that the intent of Warnie’s throw was not ideal, but it did bring out the spoilt child in Samuels when he threw the bat down the pitch. The one thing we don’t need in the game is a high priced, overrated cheat. It also seems to me that people in this column have forgotten that first and foremost, Warnie is the greatest spin bowler that any country has ever produced and whilst it doesn’t necessarily excuse bad behaviour, it’s made every one of you now watch cricket because of champions like him. Please don’t hurt yourselves when you fall from your inflated moral standpoint and try watching the whole game, so you understand and contextualise the behaviour correctly.

        • January 7th 2013 @ 3:18pm
          Christo the Daddyo said | January 7th 2013 @ 3:18pm | ! Report

          Settle down princess – I did watch the game. So Samuels claimed a catch that may or may not have bounced first? Gee, that’s the first time that’s ever happened…

          And if you’d bothered to actually read my post before jumping in I said “Samuels should cop something too”, so I agree with you that he should be punished. Grabbing Hussey’s shirt was terrible and should be dealt with harshly.

          But Warne’s behaviour was far worse – mainly because it was so obviously premeditated. He can’t possibly argue it was “heat of the moment” stuff because he went off IN A DIFFERENT INNINGS! He was just trying to rile the opposition up and gee up his own team. He disrespected the players of both sides, the umpires, and considering he knew he was miked up live, disrespected all the kids who were watching around the country. What kind of example is that for the next generation?

          And while I acknowledge he is probably the best bowler of all time, that just makes it worse in my eyes. He’s had such a magnificent career – he should know much better than to carry on like that.

          • January 7th 2013 @ 5:54pm
            Tenash said | January 7th 2013 @ 5:54pm | ! Report

            so that means kids don’t watch other sports where players assault each other, threaten refs openly, take bites out of each other and fans throw bottles and flares at the players etc .

            But wait thats just PASSION right ?

            but god forbid a cricketer tugs someone’s shirt and suddenly riot accusations and better yet kids are watching.
            Give it a rest

          • January 12th 2013 @ 7:11pm
            catch a marlon said | January 12th 2013 @ 7:11pm | ! Report

            Christo, I’m sorry and I’m sure Warnie is too, that he didn’t live up to the ‘big girl’s blouse’ expectations you seem to have.
            Maybe synchronise swimming is more your speed. At least you live up to the ‘tall poppy syndrome’ that sadly seems to be alive and well in Australia.
            I’m tipping John McEnroe almost had you in tears, or maybe that was before your time.
            Maybe you need to sit down when you’re watching the big boys play, so your skirt doesn’t blow up in your face and you miss the real stuff in cricket.

    • January 7th 2013 @ 8:42am
      Nick said | January 7th 2013 @ 8:42am | ! Report

      Warne is clearly struggling with his post international career irrelevance. He’s slowly tarnishing that great record with increasingly bizarre behavior and an arrogance that seemed appropriate when he was in his prime but now smacks of mid life crisis.

      • January 7th 2013 @ 10:21am
        Disco said | January 7th 2013 @ 10:21am | ! Report


      • January 7th 2013 @ 11:28am
        Chui said | January 7th 2013 @ 11:28am | ! Report

        Well said. When Warne got done for the diaretic (sp?), my initial reaction was that he was guilty of using it as a masking agent. With the way he has panned out, with the plastic face and more vanity than I could have thought possible, I’m not sure anymore. Maybe he is just that thick.

        If this is passion, and it is a desirable trait, you can have it.

        What is it with this obsession with passion at sporting games. Any perceived lack of it, and apparently it’s not worth being at the game? I don’t get it.

    • January 7th 2013 @ 8:57am
      sledgeross said | January 7th 2013 @ 8:57am | ! Report

      Passion? Its just bloody bad sportsmanship, something which the Stars seem to be “stars” of.
      You had this ugly incident, then McKay blowing up like and absolute d%ckhead at Dan Christian the other night.
      Disappointed with Finch, fair enough hes Vic mates with the blokes from the Stars, but hes the skipper of the Renegades, and should had told Warnie to back off.

      • January 7th 2013 @ 4:30pm
        yewonk said | January 7th 2013 @ 4:30pm | ! Report

        yeah that was gutless off finch. not to back his team mate.

    • January 7th 2013 @ 9:08am
      Matt F said | January 7th 2013 @ 9:08am | ! Report

      Warne has said that he wasn’t aiming at Samuels when he threw that ball. I know his fielding is atrocious these days but nobody is that bad!

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      January 7th 2013 @ 9:14am
      Tristan Rayner said | January 7th 2013 @ 9:14am | ! Report

      Cricket Australia (CA) has today advised that Shane Warne, Marlon Samuels and Cameron White have been charged with breaching CA’s Code of Behaviour following the KFC T20 Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and the Melbourne Renegades at the MCG last night.

      Shane Warne has been charged with four alleged breaches:

      · Rule 2.1 – Show serious dissent at an umpire’s decision

      · Rule 2.2 – Engage in inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with other players or officials

      · Rule 2.5 – Throw the ball at or near a player or official in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner

      · Rule 2.6 – Use language that is obscene, offensive or of a generally insulting nature to another player, official or spectator

      Marlon Samuels has been charged with two alleged breaches:

      · Rule 2.2 – Engage in inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with other players or officials

      · Rule 6 – Unbecoming Behaviour, namely that “players and officials must not at any time engage in behaviour unbecoming to a representative player or official that could (a) bring them or the game of cricket into disrepute or (b) be harmful to the interests of cricket.

      Cameron White has been charged with one alleged breach:
      · Rule 1.2 – Show dissent at an umpire’s decision”

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      January 7th 2013 @ 9:32am
      Atawhai Drive said | January 7th 2013 @ 9:32am | ! Report

      Three bad guys in the dock. Warney, in particular, should be looking at a suspension (if that sanction is available).

      But what’s the bet that even if there is provision for suspension, it won’t be applied to him?

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