The Stars are making no apologies for playing hostile cricket against the Renegades in the Melbourne derby, but deny they incited the Marlon Samuels v Shane Warne stoush.
Warne and Samuels will face a hearing at 9am on Monday morning to answer a string of charges following an ugly row that overshadowed the Renegades' crucial nine-wicket win in the Big Bash League encounter at the MCG.
The tension started when West Indies maverick Samuels claimed a dubious low catch to dismiss Brad Hodge and only heightened when the all-rounder was seen holding David Hussey back from making a second run.
Then, when Samuels emerged in the ninth over of the run chase Warne greeted him with the clearly audible words, 'f*** you, Marlon', prompting the umpires to intervene.
The bickering came to a head when Samuels hurled his bat past Warne after the Stars skipper had thrown the ball directly at him from close range.
Hussey stopped short of saying the Stars set out to target Samuels personally, but revealed there was a plan to agitate the Renegades collectively.
"We tried to be very physical and have a bit of attitude out there and hit them hard with the ball. (But) I wouldn't have said targeted, no," Hussey said.
"It probably did boil over a bit too much but there was a home semi-final at stake so we had to win."
It's not the first time the controversial Samuels has made headlines this summer.
Two of Warne's close cricket chums, Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann and Adelaide Strikers coach Darren Berry, have also had angry disputes with Samuels at BBL matches in the past fortnight.
"Marlon doesn't seem to make too many friends all around the world," Hussey said.
"I guess he is one of their key players and if we actually nullify his existence throughout the game we go a long way to winning the game."
The joy of earning a recall to the Australian ODI squad on Sunday morning had well and truly worn off for Hussey, who was mulling over his team's nine-wicket loss in the dressing room after the match.
"I'm devastated that we lost a home game in front of 46,000 people. We didn't play very well," he said.
"Sadly tonight we finished second due to another great innings from Aaron Finch.
"At the moment we are not playing smart cricket."We have to do it the hard way now and win three games in a row and win the championship."
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