Australia news October 8, 2013

Warner ordered to play grade cricket

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David Warner has been handed a suspended one-match ban by New South Wales and ordered to play the next three grade matches for his club Randwick Petersham after skipping their most recent fixture for a private training session and an afternoon at the races.

After meeting with the NSW chief executive Andrew Jones on Tuesday morning, Warner was informed that he had avoided the ignominy of another suspension - he was ruled out of the first two Ashes Tests earlier this year for punching the England batsman Joe Root in a Birmingham bar - but was reminded of the importance of grade competition by the instruction that he must play in the next three games, the Blues' domestic limited-overs schedule permitting.

Warner must also visit two other Sydney clubs to promote the state association's anti-drink driving sponsorship message. Following the outcome of his meeting with Jones, Warner conceded he should not have defied NSW orders to play for his club. "I believed I was doing the right thing by focusing on my training and batting, but in hindsight I should have played," Warner said. "I remain determined to score runs for NSW and Australia and am also looking forward to taking the field for Randy-Petes this round. "

Jones levied the penalty after speaking with all parties concerned, including NSW team management, Randwick Petersham officials and Warner's manager Tony Connelly. While another episode in Warner's year of misadventure, the meeting was an early test of Jones as the state's new CEO, having replaced David Gilbert.

"This has been an unfortunate episode," Jones said. "Like most cricket fans, I and all at Cricket NSW would like nothing more than to see David Warner achieve his potential on and off the field. However, in order to do this David needs to ensure that he is doing the right things and working closely with the organisation in all areas. We believe the suspended sentence demonstrates our good faith and gives David the opportunity to prove his commitment to NSW's fans and stakeholders, including the Grade clubs. We are hopeful that this is the last incident of this nature so that David and Cricket NSW can focus solely on cricket for the remainder of the season."

Irrespective of his disciplinary record, Warner's most pressing concern now is finding a way to return to strong run-making form, having recorded innings of four and a duck in the Blues' two limited overs matches so far.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Green_and_Gold on October 9, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    @Insult to Injury - Your right - if players score loads of runs or take loads of wickets then they will be forgiven - but if a player isnt a match winner then their disruptive behaviour will be seen as disrupting the teams performance and ability to move forward. Warner isnt winning games (although he has the potential to). I dont want him to lose all the arrogance and it factor but i do want him to show more respect to his fellow players (at all grades) and be more of an ambassador of cricket.

  • Insult_2_Injury on October 9, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    Lillee, Merv, Warney, now Warner.....plus some guy in ten years time. Big personalities create problems for the clip board carriers, so what? If they make 1000 runs or take 80 wickets in a year the public is all over them. Their exciting unpredictability is their on field asset, yet we expect them to be boring off field. Well I don't. All I get angry at is that some committee decides stopping players entertaining us is their only recourse. That says more of the back room employees limitations.

  • cricket_ahan on October 9, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    This should be Warner's last chance. For the followers of Aussie Rules Football, for me he almost equates to cricket's version of Brendan Fevola. He oozes of talent and potential, but lacks so much in terms of cander, temperament and good judgement. And in the end, lack of discipline has to have an impact on your ability to work well in a team. Excusing Warner's misdemeanors will send out the wrong message to other current and potential team members. CA need to continue to be firm, and make David earn their (and the public's) trust again. This reminds me of the stance taken against Andrew Symonds in a way (and I'm pretty sure he didn't play another game).

  • landl47 on October 9, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx: Of course, that's true, but at the time they were much younger and less in command of their games than they are now. That was 7 years ago, don't forget- a lifetime in a pro cricketer's career. Pietersen was the oldest at 26, Anderson and Bell were 24 and Cook was a kid of 21.

    Isn't it more to the point that they were all there also in 2010/11? Have a look at how they did then. A little differently to 2006/7!

  • ruester on October 8, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    As an England supporter, I'm loving the Warner antics, he really is on a one man quest to tarnish the reputation of Australian cricket. From an unbiased view, surely it is time for Boof and the selectors to drop him for good. In years past Aussie cricketers would fight for a chance to play by scoring stacks of runs in all forms of the game, they would take pride in the fact that they represent their country. Warner does not seem at all bothered about playing for Australia, hardly the type of guy you want in the team. Australia need more committed players than him if they are to do well. Warner can go and play T20 all over the world in my view and real cricket lovers can forget him.

  • dorothydix on October 8, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    The unwritten rule in the good old days was that when a state or Australian cricketer was available to play grade cricket he would play. It was a given. If a normal grade cricketer had not turned up I don`t think he would have been welcomed back to his club. Can`t understand why Warner`s club want him playing after this last episode. Another indication that Australian cricket culture has gone soft at every level.

  • on October 8, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    Warner has the God-given talent to take any attack apart, even in Test Matches. Dropping him would focus his mind. Not knowing the guy, what else would he do, except play cricket ? In a previous generation, he would havev been overtaken by now. Witness the Test careers of Darrren Lehmann and Stuart Law. There aren't any obvious batsmen to take his place, today. How mny chances does he want ?

  • on October 8, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Warner needs to learn how to play a long test innings. He is a waste of space if he comes out and makes a quick fire 50 in half an hour then get out. That is not really making a great start, its not building a platform and puts a lot of pressure on the number 3 batsman. Warner is not a test player. Cowan knows how to play a long test innings and he gets dropped after a couple of failures. Australia is not making high score because of a lot of guys making quick fire 30s 40s and 50s and then getting out. Not good enough

  • GeoffreysMother on October 8, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Missing from the report here is that he was seen at Randwick Racecourse 'working on his batting'. Even if he had finished his session earlier in the day he should have gone along to support his grade team rather than going to the nags. He isn't what Australia need right now and should be put out to grass.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on October 8, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Warner being ordered to play grade cricket? Well, that's where he belongs.

  • Green_and_Gold on October 9, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    @Insult to Injury - Your right - if players score loads of runs or take loads of wickets then they will be forgiven - but if a player isnt a match winner then their disruptive behaviour will be seen as disrupting the teams performance and ability to move forward. Warner isnt winning games (although he has the potential to). I dont want him to lose all the arrogance and it factor but i do want him to show more respect to his fellow players (at all grades) and be more of an ambassador of cricket.

  • Insult_2_Injury on October 9, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    Lillee, Merv, Warney, now Warner.....plus some guy in ten years time. Big personalities create problems for the clip board carriers, so what? If they make 1000 runs or take 80 wickets in a year the public is all over them. Their exciting unpredictability is their on field asset, yet we expect them to be boring off field. Well I don't. All I get angry at is that some committee decides stopping players entertaining us is their only recourse. That says more of the back room employees limitations.

  • cricket_ahan on October 9, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    This should be Warner's last chance. For the followers of Aussie Rules Football, for me he almost equates to cricket's version of Brendan Fevola. He oozes of talent and potential, but lacks so much in terms of cander, temperament and good judgement. And in the end, lack of discipline has to have an impact on your ability to work well in a team. Excusing Warner's misdemeanors will send out the wrong message to other current and potential team members. CA need to continue to be firm, and make David earn their (and the public's) trust again. This reminds me of the stance taken against Andrew Symonds in a way (and I'm pretty sure he didn't play another game).

  • landl47 on October 9, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx: Of course, that's true, but at the time they were much younger and less in command of their games than they are now. That was 7 years ago, don't forget- a lifetime in a pro cricketer's career. Pietersen was the oldest at 26, Anderson and Bell were 24 and Cook was a kid of 21.

    Isn't it more to the point that they were all there also in 2010/11? Have a look at how they did then. A little differently to 2006/7!

  • ruester on October 8, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    As an England supporter, I'm loving the Warner antics, he really is on a one man quest to tarnish the reputation of Australian cricket. From an unbiased view, surely it is time for Boof and the selectors to drop him for good. In years past Aussie cricketers would fight for a chance to play by scoring stacks of runs in all forms of the game, they would take pride in the fact that they represent their country. Warner does not seem at all bothered about playing for Australia, hardly the type of guy you want in the team. Australia need more committed players than him if they are to do well. Warner can go and play T20 all over the world in my view and real cricket lovers can forget him.

  • dorothydix on October 8, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    The unwritten rule in the good old days was that when a state or Australian cricketer was available to play grade cricket he would play. It was a given. If a normal grade cricketer had not turned up I don`t think he would have been welcomed back to his club. Can`t understand why Warner`s club want him playing after this last episode. Another indication that Australian cricket culture has gone soft at every level.

  • on October 8, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    Warner has the God-given talent to take any attack apart, even in Test Matches. Dropping him would focus his mind. Not knowing the guy, what else would he do, except play cricket ? In a previous generation, he would havev been overtaken by now. Witness the Test careers of Darrren Lehmann and Stuart Law. There aren't any obvious batsmen to take his place, today. How mny chances does he want ?

  • on October 8, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Warner needs to learn how to play a long test innings. He is a waste of space if he comes out and makes a quick fire 50 in half an hour then get out. That is not really making a great start, its not building a platform and puts a lot of pressure on the number 3 batsman. Warner is not a test player. Cowan knows how to play a long test innings and he gets dropped after a couple of failures. Australia is not making high score because of a lot of guys making quick fire 30s 40s and 50s and then getting out. Not good enough

  • GeoffreysMother on October 8, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Missing from the report here is that he was seen at Randwick Racecourse 'working on his batting'. Even if he had finished his session earlier in the day he should have gone along to support his grade team rather than going to the nags. He isn't what Australia need right now and should be put out to grass.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on October 8, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Warner being ordered to play grade cricket? Well, that's where he belongs.

  • anton1234 on October 8, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    He played a nice innings at Durham in the 4th test and put them in a position from which they should have gone on to win. He is an immense talent. He is averaging close to 40 in test cricket and yet most people think he has been a bit of a failure.

  • SDHM on October 8, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Being ordered to play cricket is seen as a punishment now?

  • Barnesy4444 on October 8, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Apart from 192 he made for Aus A (where there was something like 8/1000 scored on a road) he has done little for nearly 12 months, except create headlines.

    He didn't bat the first week of this game either. I thought the best practice was in the centre wicket facing bowlers who are trying to get you out? Not some soft training session facing throw downs then heading off to the races.

    This is soft and his performance the next day shows it.

    It baffles me that a bloke such as Hughes who behaves impeccably all of the time, is scoring piles of runs in all forms of the game gets stuffed around then dropped while Warner gets selected. I'm sure Boof has noticed Warner here.

  • CricketChat on October 8, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    This is a tragedy for Aussie cricket. Warner should be playing with national team. Instead, he seems to be embroiled in one controversy or the other these days. Looks like he still can't manage his own affairs after all these years in international cricket.

  • milepost on October 8, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    I don't think it is that big a deal but a lot of former test players used to always turn out for their grade sides - Brett Lee, the Waughs for exampl. It is good for the game.

  • Nutcutlet on October 8, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    I wonder if anyone else is doing what I've begun to do? I now have a mental list of those players who are forever causing management problems (high maintenance) & those who never give management anything out of the ordinary to deal with (low maintenance). When selecting players for a tour, the degree to which management is likely to be tested by X is bound to be a factor. For the players concerned, it inevitably becomes their handicap & limits (or is very likely to limit) the fulfilling of their cricketing potential. Both on-field & off-field behaviour have a bearing on what an individual brings to his or her team. As for Warner, if he was a boxer, I'd say he keeps on lowering his guard & consequently keeps on getting hit. Note: I have not said anything about common-sense ( and intelligence doesn't need to be mentioned). With DW it's at a lower level than that: self-preservation.

  • shirl on October 8, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Dump him now, maybe then his ego will deflate!!

  • on October 8, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    It was my understanding from a different news article he skipped an entire day of fielding for personal net sessions. It's probably a bit unfair for him to be blasted for not getting grade cricket bat practice by people here in relevancy of that.

  • scarab666 on October 8, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    'personal training session'...you are kidding me, playing grade cricket will do far more for him than his personal training session. It's obvious he hasn't learnt a thing over the past year, Australia would be far better off dumping him altogether and focusing on the talent coming through. He just continually attracts attention for all the wrong reasons, then apologises , says he's learnt his lesson and then we start all over again.

  • Green_and_Gold on October 8, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    I dont have much respect for anyone who skips out on a match. Thats poor cricket and an act of selfishness. Why couldnt he at least attend the match before/after his personal training session? Could have shown support and engagement to his local club.

  • Greatest_Game on October 8, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Grade cricket is exactly where Warner needs to be to realise his potential … on the field. Off the field, any old pub will do!

  • xtrafalgarx on October 8, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    @jmcilhinney, I'll admit i did let out a chuckle or two after reading your comment, however it highlights the narrow mindedness of most cricket fans. We only ever seems to see the present and forget about the past and disregard the future. After losing the ashes again this summer i though, if England are this good where were they in 2006/07 when they got smashed 5 nil? The answer to that question is, they were all there!

    2006/07 (my thoughts): Pietersen - good looking player, he is worth persevering with. Bell: Looks good when he bats, but is he strong mentally?Looks like tarzan, plays like jane. Cook: He's got some shots but nicks for fun. Anderson: Bog average

    2013: Pietersen, great player. Cook,mental giant - good player. Bell, technically perfect. Anderson, world class bowler.

  • Rahul_78 on October 8, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    "I believed I was doing the right thing by focusing on my training and batting, but in hindsight I should have played," Really David? You conveniently forgot to mention about an afternoon session at the races. For a guy who himself proclaimed to be on last notice this kind of behavior is deplorable. At the moment he is looking more like a grumpy school kid who has been ordered to do the lines for a discretion then a professional athlete. After people were sent home for not doing their home work the suspended sentence for a repeated offender looks a bit linen-ant.

  • chaitukash79 on October 8, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    You can't schedule a "personal training session" when you are supposed to be playing a match, making big scores and getting back into the national side. What is so difficult to understand about that?! Can't for the life of me understand how somebody can be that careless and immature. Warner is an exciting cricketer and I hope he grows up for his benefit and for the benefit of cricket in general.

  • Tongariro on October 8, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Re landl47 comment on Warner's 'dropped for loss of form' ...No, it didn't wash.

  • vazz64 on October 8, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Another suspended ban ? Warner gets too much publicity for his talent .What about the previous suspended ban which was only suspended as NSW were playing a critical shield match . Lets move on from Warner and focus on th eother talent thats coming through .

  • CherryWood_Champion on October 8, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Off the field -- he has already delivered... or infact exceeded his potential .... only thing left to see is his potential "on" the field.

  • PrasPunter on October 8, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    why dont this Guy just focus on the game rather than attracting attention on all these unnecessary things ? He is already dropped and wondering why it doesn't bother him much than the other irrevelant things.

  • landl47 on October 8, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Did anyone buy the 'dropped for loss of form' line dished up by Australia as the reason for sending Warner home early after the Ashes? He's a disciplinary nightmare, a guy who keeps on breaking the rules, apologizing and saying he's learned his lesson and then going out and breaking the rules again. Either he's incapable of respecting authority or he's very, very stupid.

    He has talent everywhere except between the ears.

  • Tongariro on October 8, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    Warner is his own worst enemy. He needs to grow up. Very quickly

  • jmcilhinney on October 8, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    "Like most cricket fans, I and all at Cricket NSW would like nothing more than to see David Warner achieve his potential on and off the field". Sadly, he may already be doing both.

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  • jmcilhinney on October 8, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    "Like most cricket fans, I and all at Cricket NSW would like nothing more than to see David Warner achieve his potential on and off the field". Sadly, he may already be doing both.

  • Tongariro on October 8, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    Warner is his own worst enemy. He needs to grow up. Very quickly

  • landl47 on October 8, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Did anyone buy the 'dropped for loss of form' line dished up by Australia as the reason for sending Warner home early after the Ashes? He's a disciplinary nightmare, a guy who keeps on breaking the rules, apologizing and saying he's learned his lesson and then going out and breaking the rules again. Either he's incapable of respecting authority or he's very, very stupid.

    He has talent everywhere except between the ears.

  • PrasPunter on October 8, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    why dont this Guy just focus on the game rather than attracting attention on all these unnecessary things ? He is already dropped and wondering why it doesn't bother him much than the other irrevelant things.

  • CherryWood_Champion on October 8, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Off the field -- he has already delivered... or infact exceeded his potential .... only thing left to see is his potential "on" the field.

  • vazz64 on October 8, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Another suspended ban ? Warner gets too much publicity for his talent .What about the previous suspended ban which was only suspended as NSW were playing a critical shield match . Lets move on from Warner and focus on th eother talent thats coming through .

  • Tongariro on October 8, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Re landl47 comment on Warner's 'dropped for loss of form' ...No, it didn't wash.

  • chaitukash79 on October 8, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    You can't schedule a "personal training session" when you are supposed to be playing a match, making big scores and getting back into the national side. What is so difficult to understand about that?! Can't for the life of me understand how somebody can be that careless and immature. Warner is an exciting cricketer and I hope he grows up for his benefit and for the benefit of cricket in general.

  • Rahul_78 on October 8, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    "I believed I was doing the right thing by focusing on my training and batting, but in hindsight I should have played," Really David? You conveniently forgot to mention about an afternoon session at the races. For a guy who himself proclaimed to be on last notice this kind of behavior is deplorable. At the moment he is looking more like a grumpy school kid who has been ordered to do the lines for a discretion then a professional athlete. After people were sent home for not doing their home work the suspended sentence for a repeated offender looks a bit linen-ant.

  • xtrafalgarx on October 8, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    @jmcilhinney, I'll admit i did let out a chuckle or two after reading your comment, however it highlights the narrow mindedness of most cricket fans. We only ever seems to see the present and forget about the past and disregard the future. After losing the ashes again this summer i though, if England are this good where were they in 2006/07 when they got smashed 5 nil? The answer to that question is, they were all there!

    2006/07 (my thoughts): Pietersen - good looking player, he is worth persevering with. Bell: Looks good when he bats, but is he strong mentally?Looks like tarzan, plays like jane. Cook: He's got some shots but nicks for fun. Anderson: Bog average

    2013: Pietersen, great player. Cook,mental giant - good player. Bell, technically perfect. Anderson, world class bowler.