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.