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Cricket Australia apologise for Panesar race row gaffe on Twitter

Cricket Australia has apologised after being criticised on social media for a clumsy joke involving England spinner Monty Panesar posted on Twitter during the opening day of the second Ashes Test.

A picture of four men wearing turbans posing in a corridor was posted on the governing body's Twitter feed:

The post drew a number of negative responses, including from former England captain Michael Vaughan who tweeted: "Awful from @CricketAus".

Cricket Australia soon deleted the post and said:

The gaffe follows the dismissal of a ground announcer during last week's tour match in Alice Springs between England and a Chairman's XI for allegedly introducing Panesar with a mock-Indian accent. The announcer later denied any wrongdoing.

[Announcer sacked after mocking Panesar with Indian accent]

Panesar, whose parents are of Indian heritage, was named in Alastair Cook's team as a second spinner along with Graeme Swann at Adelaide Oval.

Australia lead the five-Test series 1-0.

[The view from Down Under: Do the English, slowly]