Cricket Australia's Monty Panesar Tweet Draws Accusations of Racism

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Cricket Australia's Monty Panesar Tweet Draws Accusations of Racism
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Cricket Australia's official account tweeted a picture that drew instant criticism and suggestions of racism.  

Panesar, recalled by England for the second Ashes Test in Adelaide, was referenced in a picture of four Sikhs dressed as Teletubbies:

It was subsequently deleted, but not before it had been captured and discussed by other users:

The tweet drew all the more attention given that an announcer during the warm-up match at Alice Springs last week was stood down after announcing Panesar coming on to bowl in a mock-Indian accent. It should be added, as the BBC amongst others report, that the announcer in question, David Nixon, has denied any suggestion of racism.

Nonetheless, the incident certainly served as a reminder of a line that should not be crossed, making Cricket Australia's tweet stand out all the more.

There was an instant reaction to the piece from Twitter users and English journalists.

Not long after the play began, Cricket Australia issued their apology for the tweet:

All the while, the match got underway, with Australia winning the toss and batting first on what is expected to be a flat wicket.

England, as well as recalling Panesar to exploit any spin, also handed all-rounder Ben Stokes a debut. 

Australia named an unchanged XI for the match.

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