Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 22 November 2014

Cricket heroes on sticky wicket

England's cricketers celebrate their Ashes victory
England's cricketers celebrate their Ashes victory

England's victorious cricket team celebrated their win over Australia in the Ashes by reportedly urinating all over the wicket.

As the sun went down on their triumph the players celebrated on the Oval pitch after the 23,500 crowd had gone.

Australian media reported that some players queued up to relieve themselves on the strip while team-mates cheered wildly.

A picture tweeted by England's wicket keeper Matt Prior showed the squad sitting on the playing surface after dark surrounded by champagne and beer as they savoured their victory over the old enemy, who lost 3-0 after a five-match series this summer.

Malcolm Conn wrote in Australia's Herald Sun: "While the centre of the ground was quite dark, lights were on in the grandstands with dozens of people still cleaning up after a late finish which saw the game go beyond 7.30pm.

"A number of players, including Stuart Broad, Kevin Pietersen and Jimmy Anderson took it in turns urinating on the pitch to the cheers of their team-mates. This could be clearly seen from the outside overflow areas of the press box."

The England and Wales Cricket Board was unavailable for comment.

England's cricketers provided an interesting insight into their well-earned night of celebrations.

As well as Matt Prior's pitch picture, bowler Stuart Broad tweeted a photo of captain Alastair Cook hailing a night bus.

Batsman Kevin Pietersen admitted to a hangover afterwards, tweeting: "Morning #ouch #mayday".

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