Former England captain Michael Vaughan claims that a compliant Australian media spreading propaganda before the return Ashes series was responsible for revealing that England players urinated on the pitch at The Oval after the series win.
"The story came from Australian journalists at the ground and they are trying to make some mischief before the return series," Vaughan said.
"Criticising them over urinating on the pitch at The Oval is nit-picking and trying to find holes in the side."
But another England captain, Ray Illingworth, savaged the three England players - James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Kevin Pietersen - who urinated on the pitch just used for the drawn fifth Test.
"The Oval is the where the Ashes legend was born, it's a ground with a long history, and players should respect that," Illingworth said.
"It is childish behaviour and it is time they grew up. It reflects pretty badly on them."Vaughan's claim that the incident was reported as part of a conspiracy to unsettle England before the first Test at the Gabba in November is a view held by other members in the England camp.
Yet it could not be further than the truth.
The matter was reported because Test cricketers urinating on the very location where they had just achieved a remarkable goal was so unusual that it made a genuine story in its own right.
Celebrating cricketers having a quick wee on the ground after a match is hardly new - but doing it on the pitch itself certainly was.
It is almost as though players, no matter what the level, will not profane the surface on which they have just been competing.
The matter came to light when I was walking out of the ground at about 11.45pm on Sunday.
As I walked behind the stands towards the Hobbs Gate, I heard a burst of cheering and ragged singing coming from the middle of the ground and doubled back towards the square leg boundary.
The England players were sitting in a rough circle at the edge of the pitch block with bottles of beer and champagne strewn around them.
Anderson then stood up and walked to the middle of the block where he urinated.
I was not surprised that he had relieved himself but doing it on what appeared to be the match pitch astounded me.
Two journalists were left in the press box - AAP's Ben Horne and veteran News Limited reporter Malcolm Conn - and had a view directly down the ground.
I rang Horne to ask if he could tell whether Anderson was standing on the match pitch.
The poor light and thick glazing on the press box windows had prevented him and Conn from seeing the group clearly but they walked outside the box into the Vauxhall end stand to get a better view.
Horne confirmed Anderson was on the pitch itself, then while we were talking he returned to the group of players and Broad and Pietersen took their turn, though on a good length at the Pavilion end.
As much as though they were relieving themselves, there was also the sense that they were like dogs marking their territory at the scene of a great triumph.