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Announcer stood down for racially mocking Panesar

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Panesar took three wickets in England's draw with an Australian XI © PA Photos
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Monty Panesar was racially mocked during England's tour match with a Cricket Australia XI in an incident which has led to ground announcer David Nixon being removed from his duties.

When Panesar, who was born in Luton and is from Indian descent, came on to bowl, Nixon introduced the left-arm spinner in an exaggerated Indian accent.

"Cricket Australia deemed the conduct of the PA announcer as inappropriate," a CA spokesman said.

Nixon, who works for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), had used a sarcastic tone throughout the match and was cautioned on Friday for teasing England batsman Joe Root.

When Root was dismissed, Nixon said: "You can go and have another drink now, Joe."

The England batsman, who was punched by Australia's David Warner in a Birmingham bar before the summer Ashes, repeatedly called for drinks during his first innings in temperatures of up to 39C.

Panesar has admitted he did not hear the remarks.

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