Announcer denies racial slur

The announcer sacked for "inappropriate conduct" during England's tour match in Alice Springs at the weekend has denied making a racist slur towards spinner Monty Panesar.

David Nixon was accused of pronouncing Panesar's name in a mock Indian accent during the match between Alastair Cook's side and a CA Chairman's XI.

However, the announcer defended himself to ABC - the company he works for - and repeated what he said during his commentary.

"'There's a change of bowler at the Traeger Avenue end... it's Monty!' That was it," he said.

"I fail to see how anyone could interpret my introduction of Monty Panesar as racial slurring.

"Someone has seen the opportunity for a screaming headline, including the words 'Alice Springs' and 'racism'...and included the ABC and hit the jackpot.

"There's been no one who's been presented as the source of the story."

The England and Wales Cricket Board have revealed that no complaint about Nixon had come from the tourists.