Cricket Australia apologise for Panesar Twitter gaffe

Adelaide - Cricket Australia apologised on Thursday 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 with the caption: "Will the real Monty Panesar please stand up?!"

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

Cricket Australia deleted the post and said: "We apologise for any offence caused with our previous tweet. That was certainly not the intention. It has been removed."

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 wrong doing.

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.