Kevin Pietersen, Andy Flower and Cricket's Biggest Fights and Fallouts
In the wake of the recent alleged dressing-room fallout between England team director Andy Flower and star batsman Kevin Pietersen, we take a look back at other such incidents that have caught the eye.
Here are 10 similar cricket fights from down the years, so let us know your thoughts on these memorable incidents…
David Warner vs. Joe Root
The Aussie opener found himself in hot water in June 2013 after allegedly punching England opener Joe Root in a Walkabout bar in Birmingham following the two nations’ earlier ICC Champions Trophy clash.
The cause of the fracas? The young Yorkshire tyro was apparently wearing a fake beard, which by all accounts sent the diminutive opener into a rage!
Mickey Arthur vs. the Australian Cricket Team
The South African was given his marching orders by Cricket Australia in June 2013 just days before the start of that summer’s Ashes series in England after a tumultuous few months for the Aussie team.
Things had really come to a head three months earlier when the ex-Proteas coach had disciplined Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson and Usman Khawaja for failing to hand in homework they had been assigned, with the quartet being dropped for the ensuing third Test in India.
Kevin Pietersen vs. Andrew Strauss
In August 2012, Pietersen found himself at the centre of controversy once again after allegedly sending provocative text messages about England captain Andrew Strauss to some members of the touring Proteas team in the middle of a closely fought Test series.
The South Africa-born batsman later denied that the messages had also contained tactical information on how best to dismiss Strauss, however, KP was nonetheless dropped from the team for the decisive third Test at Lord’s.
Steve Waugh vs. Curtly Ambrose
For once, the fearsome West Indian fast bowler completely lost his cool in the vital third Test against Australia in Trinidad and Tobago back in 1995 after the stoical Australian middle-order batsman had repeatedly played and missed at a series of deliveries outside his off stump, but without actually making contact with any of the balls though.
Ramnaresh Sarwan vs. Glenn McGrath
One of the ugliest scenes ever witnessed on a cricket field involved a little-and-large confrontation between West Indian batsman Sarwan and Aussie paceman McGrath, with Pigeon taking great offence to his wife Jane, who at the time was suffering from cancer, being used as part of a sledge by his opponent.
Javed Miandad vs. Dennis Lillee
A classic set-to between two of the game’s great competitors which came about after the moustachioed fast bowler had barged into the spiky Pakistani as the batsman attempted to turn for a run, before Lillee then appeared to also kick out at Miandad too!
As a result, chaos ensued, especially when Javed then tried to decapitate the Australian with his bat!
Inzamam-Ul-Haq vs. the Entire Crowd
The rotund Pakistani lost his cool after being continually taunted by an Indian fan during a one-day international (ODI) in Toronto back in 1997.
The spectator in question had repeatedly labelled the larger-than-life character "Alu, Alu," which means potato, although he had also reportedly used an adjective to describe the size of said potato, too.
All of which saw Inzy fly into a rage and proceed to wade into the crowd and confront his tormentor in a memorable moment that is still talked about today.
Shane Warne vs. Marlon Samuels
In January 2013, the great Aussie leg spinner became embroiled in a very ugly spat with Marlon Samuels during the Big Bash League, with Warne’s spicy verbal attack on the West Indian being picked up by the stump microphones for all to hear.
Arjuna Ranatunga vs. Ross Emerson
The colourful Sri Lanka skipper reacted to off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan being no-balled by Aussie umpire Ross Emerson during an ODI with England at Adelaide in 1999 by taking his team off the field of play in protest.
Of course, this was not the first time that Murali’s action had been called into question by Australian officials, with Darrell Hair having also responded in the same way during a Test match four years earlier.
However, for Ranatunga, this was the straw that broke the camel’s back as far as he was concerned.
Mike Gatting vs. Shakoor Rana
Still without doubt the most famous fight in cricket history after the England skipper and Pakistani umpire became involved in a very ugly spat on day two of the second Test in Faisalabad in 1987.
Gatting, who by that point of the tour had become exasperated at the standard of officiating of the home umpires, had attempted to move one of his fielders as spinner Eddie Hemmings came in to bowl, with Rana then accusing him of cheating.
That was the catalyst of an almighty and very public on-field row between the two, the result of which was Rana walking off in protest and the match being postponed until Gatting had, albeit reluctantly, submitted a written apology to the official.
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