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CA sorry for Panesar tweet

Cricket Australia has apologised for offence caused by a tweet referencing Monty Panesar sent from its official Twitter account.

Panesar, returning at the Adelaide Oval for his first Ashes match since July 2009, found himself inadvertently in the headlines without even setting foot on the field.

There were echoes of a similar gaffe just last week, when CA decided to sack ground announcer David Nixon in the tour match at Alice Springs for "inappropriate conduct".

On that occasion, a suggestion - far from proven - that Nixon had announced England's left-arm spinner in a mock Indian accent resulted in his removal from match-day duties.

This time, CA had to delete a tweet on the opening morning of the second Test asking 'Will the real Monty Panesar please stand up?' next to a picture of four men, apparently Sikhs, with Teletubby aerials sticking out of the top of their turbans.

After taking the message down, CA then used their Twitter feed to issue an apology.

It read: "We apologise for any offence caused with our previous tweet.

"That was certainly not the intention. It has been removed."