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ENG­LAND skip­per Mike Gat­ting was sacked amid al­le­ga­tions of sex romps in his ho­tel room the night be­fore a test match in­nings against the West Indies.

In 1988, two Bri­tish tabloid news­pa­pers ac­cused Gatts – a hugely pop­u­lar and suc­cess­ful Eng­land cap­tain – of bonking bar­maid Louise Ship­man on the eve of the first test against the Windies at Trent Bridge.

The pro­lific bats­man de­nied the story and the Eng­land big­wigs said they be­lieved his claims that he hadn’t had sex­ual re­la­tions with the young woman.


But that didn’t stop them dis­miss­ing him, say­ing the mar­ried dad-of-two had acted “ir­re­spon­si­bly” and that he shouldn’t have even been booz­ing with the babe in the first place.

It was thought the se­lec­tors had been look­ing for an ex­cuse to pot Gatts ever since his very pub­lic, heated ar­gu­ment with umpire Shakoor Rana a year ear­lier.

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