The England cricket team has issued a statement of apology via the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after reports cropped up that some of the players had relieved themselves on the Oval pitch following the team’s 3-0 triumph in the Ashes.
Expressing regret for their actions, the team said in a statement uploaded on the ECB’s website: “The England cricket team would like to state that during our celebrations after winning the Ashes at no time was there any intention to disrespect Surrey CCC, the Oval or anyone else involved in the game we love.
“As a team we pride ourselves on respecting all things cricket including the opposition and the grounds we play at. We got carried away amongst the euphoria of winning such a prestigious series and accept that some of our behaviour was inappropriate.
“If that has caused any offence to anyone we apologise for that and want to reassure people that it was a simple error of judgement more than anything else.”
The statement came three days after the final day of the Oval Test which ended in a draw, and bookended the English leg of the Ashes. Australian journalists had reported that three England players — Stuart Broad, Kevin Pietersen and James Anderson — had urinated on the pitch during the team’s celebrations.