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Warner could be in trouble over tweets

Brydon Coverdale

May 18, 2013

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David Warner plays a lofted shot during his innings, Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2013, Chennai, May 14, 2013
David Warner was not happy with an article that appeared in News Ltd newspapers on Saturday © BCCI
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David Warner could face disciplinary action from Cricket Australia after apparently launching a Twitter attack on two of Australia's most senior cricket journalists.

Cricket Australia's general manager of team performance, Pat Howard, has attempted to make contact with Warner after the tirade emerged from Warner's Twitter account @davidwarner31 in the early hours of Saturday morning Indian time. Warner is currently in India for the IPL.

The outburst appeared to begin with Warner taking exception to a comment piece written by Robert Craddock which was printed in News Limited newspapers on Saturday in which he discussed the IPL and its problems. The following tweet appeared on Warner's Twitter account: "Shock me @crashcraddock1 talking s*** about ipl jealous p****. Get a real job. All you do is bag people. #getalife"

Craddock was then mentioned in a series of six bitter tweets and while Craddock did not respond on Twitter, his fellow News Limited journalist Malcolm Conn did. Conn wrote: "@davidwarner31 cricket is a real job? Please. Most people pay to play. Million dollar cricketers milking the IPL are hardly the best judges." Warner and Conn then engaged in a protracted Twitter discussion.

Cricket Australia said in a statement on Saturday: "Cricket Australia is aware of comments made on David Warner's twitter account overnight. Cricket Australia is attempting to contact Warner and will continue to investigate the matter. Cricket Australia will make further comment once it has conducted a thorough investigation."

Some of Saturday's tweets

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Posted by ramonster on (May 21, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

Why do they dislike the ipl so much, is it because they think that peoplenshouldnpay to do a job, is that right, especially when other professionalnsports men get paid a lot more for doing a lot less, e.g. Golf! You should be pad to do a job, not the other way around.

Posted by Longhairrocks on (May 20, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

Such intemperate tweets over an article where he is not mentioned seems somewhat witless at best.

The IPL polarises opinion and some players seem to have bought into the BCCI principle that any question asked of the tournament not prefaced by high flown praise is an "attack". Such players and the BCCI should grow up.

Interesting to observe that even a passing glance of a game provides ample evidence of players gathering timber and seeming less than athletic than before.

Posted by garr on (May 20, 2013, 0:00 GMT)

Storm in a tea cup, twitter name explains it all, alas I'm a luddite lol. Please Mr warner bat with some consistency against england inthe Tests the game that matters and you can twit to tour hearts content. Come on aussie fans we had two decades of world domination in both genuine forms of the game, Ok now we are struggling it will turn presuming the strategies that were in place at State level in the 90's are pursued again there will be change. Better selectors and cricket managerial positions would help. Howard and Merv the mind boggles.

Posted by Hammond on (May 19, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

@GeoffreysMother "at the heart of Australia's regeneration as the best team in the world" is just as incredulous as "Conn is the most incisive and principled cricket writer since Neville Cardus." I hope that the double barrelled sarcasm is what you were going for, because otherwise they are the two biggest numpty statements I've read this year from a cricketing perspective.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

Davie Warner what are you thinking. MC & RC have lived on this planet a lot longer than you 'champ'. They are respected journalists. Would Border, Waugh, Taylor have the gumption to be so disrespectful to senior Australian cricket writers when they have played twenty tests (not there yet) and have an average of under 40. Go to England, average 50, maybe save a test match, and EARN some respect. I have been lucky enough to enjoy a few ashes seies in the old dart, and i do believe that if you take your elitist, entitled attitude in June they will crush you like the little bug you seem to be potraying that you are.

Posted by PratUSA on (May 19, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

@Guyanese2Dbone: Interesting observation. Let's say you are an office worker. You are angry and frustrated by something or someone at work, what you do? Break a piece of furniture maybe? Or abuse that coworker? Or may be post angry comments on social media? And what happens after you have done that? In many cases you might actually lose your job, isn't? Same with society in general. Some people are angry with administration or corruption or politicians and what not and say they pelt a public bus with stones or burn public property. If caught it is wrong to fine/jailed them? In your own home you break your TV, shout abuses and clear your mind between friends and get over your anger and it's fine. But if you do it in public, there is little logic in defending that, more so when you are a public figure. Warner is still young kid and will learn that often silence (and scoring runs) is best response to criticism.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (May 19, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

Warner didn't break any laws nor did he break any terms of his contract. All he did was to stand up for himself against some dubious sports writing. If we start punishing players for this kind of thing, then it will set a very bad precedent.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2013, 3:20 GMT)

I see Dave warner as a Key member of our Ashes team. His aggressive batting could have the potential to devastate any attack. He obviously though has trouble maintaining focus. If he learns to channel his aggression at the bowlers deliveries and not get caught up in the many side drama's of cricket then his game would have the potential to outshine even the very best. The worry for CA is that now they have set such a strong precedent in discipline with the Mohali four; where do they now go with Warner except suspension? I guess they could rationionalize against that by arguing that his indiscretions were committed whilst he wasnt on tour and therefore stop short of a suspension but would the other players who were suspended then feel they were unequally treated for something as minor as an incompleted task?

Posted by NAP73 on (May 19, 2013, 2:45 GMT)

Such a pathetic performance, but what can you expect when there has been no real change despite all the supposed reform reports (eg Argus). Typical of NSW-centrism in Australian cricket. Governance in Australian cricket is still a joke and leadership still seems to be non-existent off the field. BTW, the Australian top-order's ability is still questionable in terms of performance (certainly no consistency and only 1 seems to be able to play spin well). What are these guys paid again?

Posted by KingOwl on (May 19, 2013, 0:00 GMT)

I am on Warner's side on this one. I don't like journalists, period.

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Brydon Coverdale Assistant Editor Possibly the only person to win a headline-writing award for a title with the word "heifers" in it, Brydon decided agricultural journalism wasn't for him when he took up his position with ESPNcricinfo in Melbourne. His cricketing career peaked with an unbeaten 85 in the seconds for a small team in rural Victoria on a day when they could not scrounge up 11 players and Brydon, tragically, ran out of partners to help him reach his century. He is also a compulsive TV game-show contestant and has appeared on half a dozen shows in Australia.
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