Still waiting on Samuels’ injury outcome
MELBOURNE – Scans are set to reveal whether West Indies batsman and Melbourne Renegades import Marlon Samuels has a fractured eye socket and will spend an indefinite period on the sidelines.
Samuels was slated to face a Cricket Australia investigation today into his ugly confrontation with Melbourne Stars captain Shane Warne during his side’s Big Bash League derby victory on Sunday.
But whether he is suspended for his part in the mid-pitch fracas – most notably throwing his bat in Warne’s direction – will become
irrelevant if and when x-rays show serious damage to his face. Samuels’ innings came to a bloody end after he top-edged a short ball from
Sri Lanka paceman Lasith Malinga through the grill of his helmet, drawing blood and forcing the dazed batsman to retire hurt on 17.
Renegades skipper Aaron Finch said he believed Samuels had become a target for opposition teams looking to unsettle the dangerous all-rounder.
“I don’t know what it is. He is a very good player obviously and he’s going to be out for the rest of the tournament with a broken eye socket or something like that,” Finch said.
“That is not ideal for him or us.”Finch was at the non-striker’s end when Warne and Samuels went toe-to-toe and did well to stop the confrontation from getting worse.
“It definitely takes the rivalry to a new level. We were just rapt to sew up a home semi-final. Who knows? We might meet them again in the semi-final,” he said.
“You are playing for an opposition side and you can be as furious as you want. They were actually into me for a while.
“I don’t know what kicked that off to be honest. Warnie was talking about holding the man, I thought he was playing footy or something.
“When you’ve got guys like that it can happen but I thought the way the umpires handled it was very good.”
Warne, who was charged with four breaches of Cricket Australia’s Code of Behaviour and found guilty of three, was suspended for one match and also fined $4500 following the fracas. Samuels was charged with two offences.
Tempers flared on Sunday when Warne confronted Samuels physically and verbally, seemingly in retaliation for an incident that had occurred earlier during the Melbourne Stars innings. During that incident, Samuels grabbed David Hussey by the shirt and prevented him taking off for a second run, a strange act given that Hussey’s path had not taken him into contact with Samuels.
Later, while Samuels was batting, he took off for a run and turned back, after which Warne came down the pitch and said to Samuels: “You want to grab some more people? F*** you Marlon.”
Warne, who was wearing a Fox Sports microphone at the time, then grabbed Samuels’ shirt and pointed at him threateningly.
The clash continued in the next over when Warne collected the ball running in from the off-side and under-armed it into the body of Samuels, who was in his crease not attempting a run. Samuels responded by tossing his bat down the pitch, vaguely in the direction of Warne.