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Joke backfires on announcer

Alice Springs: The PA announcer at Traegar Park in Alice Springs (Australia) was stood down by Cricket Australia on Saturday, after they deemed his comments about Monty Panesar as being inappropriate.

David Nixon had already been warned on the first day to tone down his comments about the England team after ribbing Joe Root.

He followed it up by announcing Panesar’s name with an exaggerated Indian accent. It was a joke that backfired and he was replaced for the final two sessions of the match by a different announcer.

An England spokesman confirmed no offence had been taken by the remark and it is unlikely Panesar even noticed.

But CA has strict anti-racism rules with notices pinned around the ground in Alice Springs and warnings broadcast to the crowd not to use language that offends on grounds of “race, religion or gender”.

“Cricket Australia deemed the conduct of the PA announcer inappropriate and as such he will not take any further part in the match.” said a spokesman for CA.