London: England cricketers have caused yet another storm after being spotted urinating on the Oval pitch after their Ashes Series victory. According to reports in England players celebrated their third successive Ashes triumph by urinating on the pitch.
After England cemented their 3-0 series triumph against Michael Clarkes's men, players moved their post-match party from the dressing rooms and gathered near the pitch celebrating and enjoying.
According to the reports, around 11.30 pm, several players including pacer Stuart Broad, Kevin Pietersen and Jimmy Anderson took it in turns urinating on the pitch to the cheers of their team-mates.
The English Ashes celebration could be clearly seen from the outside overflow areas of the press box. However, captain Alastair Cook said the bagging of his team by Australia wouldn't faze his side as they now turn their attention to three months time for the first Test in Brisbane.
"It's water off a duck's back," Cook said. You can say what you want. The guys in the other side are entitled to their opinion. What is important to us is how we go about things and how we perform."
When asked whether England had sledged Australia more this series than in prior series, Cook didn't deny that was the case but said things did not get out of hand.
"It's been an interesting series in that way," he said. It's been played in the right spirit. It's been hard, tough cricket and no side has been prepared to give an inch. Maybe because it's so recent you forget what happened in 2011, 2009 and 2007."
Despite Australian coach Lehmann encouraging home fans to "give it to" controversial non-walker Broad, Cook was confident England would be well received by Australian crowds. I think pretty respectful. The last time we went there I thought the atmosphere was fantastic," he said.
"When we have played well they have treated us with respect and I don't think it will be any different."