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Warner ordered to play grade cricket

Daniel Brettig

October 8, 2013

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David Warner finds his stumps in disarray, New South Wales v Victoria, Ryobi One-Day Cup, 4th match, Sydney, October 7, 2013
David Warner admits he should have played for his club on the weekend © Getty Images
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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.

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Posted by 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.

Posted by Insult_2_Injury on (October 9, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

Lillee, Merv, Warney, now 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.

Posted by 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).

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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 ?

Posted by   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

Posted by 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.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (October 8, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

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

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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