The England and Wales Cricket Board have released a statement regarding the actions of England cricketers who urinated on the pitch in a 'private' celebration after winning the Ashes on Sunday.
The team have now publicly apologised "if any of their actions may have caused offence".
The statement read: ‘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. the statement then went on to read.
"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 allegations of the incident arose when a group of Australian journalists who remained in the ground after England's Ashes triumph witnessed the players ‘inappropriate’ celebrations first hand.
This is the latest incident involving England and the Australians this summer to have cast a shadow over the Ashes and has fuelled this deep seated rivalry between both sides.
England's off-spinner Graeme Swann appeared to confirm the story when writing in Tuesday's Sun newspaper: "We did go out to the middle of the pitch, all the lads, drinking beers, singing a few songs and enjoying each other's company".
"I think the call of nature might have come once or twice but it was nothing untoward.
Australian cricket legend Shane Warne blasted the actions of the England players calling it"crass" and "arrogant" following the revelations after the final day of the 5th test match on Sunday. The game ended up as a draw, with England taking a 3-0 series win.
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