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Ashes Wee Scandal: ECB Probes Pitch Piddle Claim
The English Cricket Board (ECB) are to investigate after team spinner Graeme Swann appeared to confirm England players urinated on the Oval pitch after their Ashes win at the weekend.
Swann told The Sun newspaper he thought some members of the team may have answered the call of nature "once or twice" as they celebrated their victory on the pitch.
"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," Swann said.
"I think the call of nature might have come once or twice, but it was nothing untoward. It was midnight, a private celebration in the middle of the pitch and the ground was dark," he added.
A row has been growing after Australian journalists claim they spotted three England players spending a penny on the pitch after the team returned to the field after their 3-0 series win over Australia.
They reportedly saw bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad, and batsmen Kevin Pietersen relieve themselves while the rest of the team cheered.
Surrey County Cricket Club chief executive Richard Gould told The Sun: "We've spoken to the ECB and they say they will be looking into the matter.
"We would be very disappointed if it turns out they did urinate on the pitch."
The final Test at The Oval ended in controversial circumstances on Saturday, with the umpires taking the players off for bad light to end an intriguing contest that saw England needing just 21 runs for victory.