Cricket Australia have become embroiled in a racist row after publishing a picture of Monty Panesar impersonators through their official twitter account.

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Cricket Australia have become embroiled in a racist row after publishing a picture of Monty Panesar impersonators through their official twitter account.

Shortly after the start of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide CA tweeted the shot of four Indian men with turbans dressed as teletubbies.

The picture was captioned, "Will the real Monty Panesar please stand up! #Ashes".

Although Panesar, who was added to the England bowling line-up for the Test, is of Indian extraction he was born in Luton, England.

Shortly afterwards the tweet was removed with CA issuing a statement, "We apologise for any offence caused with our previous tweet. That was certainly not the intention. It has been removed."

It is the second faux pas by CA staff concerning Panesar in a week.

A ground announcer at England's tour match in Alice Springs late last month was sacked for allegedly using an Indian accent when calling Panesar's name during play.

The incidents will do little to ease tensions between England and Australia.

The tourists were also upset at crowd behaviour during the first Test in Brisbane with reports suggesting they no longer want the Gabba to be on the schedule for future Ashes series.