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Hometown monument to disgraced Australian cricket great Michael Slater has been vandalized


  • Michael Slater memorial in Wagga Wagga vandalized
  • The cricket legend’s name has been erased from the inscription
  • Star faces multiple domestic violence-related charges

Disgraced former Australian cricket great Michael Slater has had his name removed from a memorial on the oval named after him in his childhood home of Wagga Wagga.

The 54-year-old man faces 18 domestic violence charges, including alleged strangulation and strangulation, assault with bodily harm, four counts of common assault, unlawful stalking and nighttime burglary.

He is also accused of allegedly breaching bail conditions and is currently behind bars.

It emerged on Wednesday morning that vandals had removed his name from his monument on the oval named in his honour.

Michael Slater has had his name removed from the memorial on the oval named in his honour

Slater was refused bail last month as he faces 18 domestic violence charges

Slater was refused bail last month as he faces 18 domestic violence charges

Debate has recently divided his home town of Wagga Wagga over the renaming of a sports facility.

Local councilor Jenny McKinnon shared a picture of the defaced sign on the oval, where «Michael Slater» can no longer be seen.

«I have urged the Council to urgently change the name of this oval,» McKinnon wrote on Facebook.

«I’m glad someone (maybe the Council?) took some covert action.»

Wagga is home to several cricketing greats, including Geoff Lawson and Mark Taylor, who also have ovals named after them.

Councilor Dan Hayes also called for the name of the oval to be changed after the allegations against the cricket legend emerged.

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«I want to look at ways we can replace that name with someone more deserving,» Hayes said last year.

“Someone without criminal charges.

The former cricket star (pictured playing for Australia in 1999) played 74 Tests for his nation

The former cricket star (pictured playing for Australia in 1999) played 74 Tests for his nation

The former Channel Nine commentator played 74 Tests for Australia during an eight-year career, scoring 5312 runs and 14 centuries in the long form of the game.

He also played in 42 one-day internationals for his country.



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