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January 7, 2013
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Marlon's day of mayhem - Windies batsman injured, facing fines after fiery clash with Warne's Stars


Shane Warne - file


Samuels - file

Melbourne Renegades star batsman Marlon Samuels is likely to miss the rest of Australia's Big Bash League after suffering what is believed to be a fractured eye socket in an encounter against the Melbourne Stars.

Samuels suffered the injury while attempting to hook away Sri Lankan pace bowler Lasith Malinga, but only succeeded in top edging the ball into his helmet grill. The West Indian batsman was taken to the hospital. The injury was, however, only one of a few talking points in the fiery Melbourne derby. Samuels and Stars spinner Warne are also now facing a number of charges from Cricket Australia after a foul- tempered confrontation.

Warne launched a foul-mouthed tirade toward the batsman, which seemed have been in relation to Samuels impeding Stars batsman David Hussey in that team's turn at the strike.

Warne trod down the pitch at the end of one of his overs, tugged at the West Indian's shirt and swore at him, pointing, seemingly remonstrating over the earlier incident.

The next over saw Warne throwing the ball directly at Samuels and striking the Jamaican who responded by tossing his bat in the legendary Test player's direction.

The melee overshadowed the result of the Melbourne derby which saw Samuels' Renegades emerge with a comfortable nine-wicket victory and continue at the top of the Big Bash standings.

Opting to bat first, the Stars tallied 146 for nine off their 20 overs, with England opener Luke Wright top-scoring with 29.

In the sixth over, Samuels seemed to restrain David Hussey, who made 23, from taking a second run and the two exchanged words over the episode.

The off-spinner finished with one for 26 from three overs.

When Renegades batted, Warne welcomed Samuels's arrival at the crease in the ninth over with an obscenity laced rant and the tension escalated with the ball and bat throwing incident.

Samuels had made 17 from 15 balls with three fours when he attempted to hook the fourth delivery of a new Malinga spell but succeeded only in dragging the ball into the grill on his helmet.

He was taken to hospital but the severity of the injury was not immediately clear.

Captain Aaron Finch's compensated for Samuels' loss, striking an unbeaten 67 from 47 balls to see Renegades to victory with seven balls to spare.

The latest controversy follows that involving Brisbane Heat head coach Darren Lehmann who called Samuels' action into question, and incurred a AUS$3,000 suspended fine from Cricket Australia.

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