Australia news May 20, 2013

Warner to learn his fate on Wednesday


David Warner will face a Cricket Australia Code of Behaviour hearing on Wednesday after being reported following his Twitter outburst in the earlier hours of Saturday morning. CA has announced that the hearing will be held via teleconference at 5.45pm on Wednesday and will be presided over by CA's senior Code of Behaviour commissioner, Gordon Lewis.

Warner was reported on Sunday under CA's Code of Behaviour and he is alleged to have breached rule 6, regarding "unbecoming behaviour". The rule stipulates that "players and officials must not at any time engage in behaviour unbecoming to a representative player or official that could (a) bring them or the game of cricket into disrepute or (b) be harmful to the interests of cricket...this rule applies at all times where the unbecoming behaviour involves the player being involved in public comment or comment to or in the media."

On Saturday, Warner used his Twitter account to direct a tirade of tweets to the News Ltd journalist Robert Craddock, regarding a story on the negative aspects of the IPL Craddock had written for the organisation's Saturday newspapers. Craddock did not reply on Twitter but his News Ltd colleague Malcolm Conn did, and Warner and Conn then engaged in a vigorous exchange of tweets.

It has since emerged that Warner was mostly annoyed that a photo of him had been used to illustrate Craddock's article, which referred to "notorious IPL parties" and discussed alleged corruption in the league. In the Daily Telegraph on Monday, Conn wrote that Warner had made contact with him on Saturday night and said he had not intended to get personal.

"I replied there were no hard feelings, I was a great believer in free speech and he was entitled to his opinion," Conn wrote. "I have also told three of Cricket Australia's senior managers that I had taken no offence. This was all part of the cut and thrust of working in the media."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Jerome on May 22, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    David Warner is a glorified T20 player at best. He is not a Shield player let alone Test Cricket. How many first class runs has he made in comparison to some of the greats like the Waugh brothers, Hussey, Langer and Hayden to name a few. He is just lucky to be around at present to get a gig as there is no one else. What a joker. Have some respect for the game and the people that have been around it that make the game for what it is....

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    Just to clarify my previous comment; I meant to say that David Warner's talent is definitely something that CA definitely cannot afford to discard as he is our brightest batting hope at the moment!

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Just adding to my previous comments; I definitely dont think that Warner's talent both with the bat and in the field is something that CA cannot afford to discard. He is Australia's brightest hope with the bat in all forms of cricket at the moment. I also dont think this lapse is something that he should be hung drawn and quartered for. I just hope For David that; as an opening batsmen is able to apply more subtelty to his game; respect the bowlers who deserve it a wee bit more instead of swiping outside offstump to bowlers such as Steyn and Anderson in the first few overs. This requires consequential thinking and risk reduction, something which was missing in this incident. Although forthright he comes across as a great guy, someone you'ld love to have in your corner; especially when his aggressive batting is fully unleashed. The confrontation with Ishant Sharma was priceless. There are much cleverer bowlers though with whom out and out aggression from the word go is unwise.

  • Rajaram on May 21, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    David Warner never did impress me as a Test Cricketer. It will be good riddance to bad rubbish if he is dropped from The Ashes Squad, and relegated to play ONLY T20. We have better SOLID Test Openers - Ed Cowan, Chris Rogers,Usman Khawaja.

  • Pete on May 21, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    Worst case scenario for David, they drop him. For Australia, there are so many iffy batsman, you could almost draw straws on whom to drop. Rogers/Cowan/Watson/Hughes/Clarke/Khawaja/Haddin... you could do worse given what Australia has to work with. Rogers/Watson/Warner/Hughes/Clarke/Khawaja/Haddin would be my first choice (given the constraints that the selectors seem to be wedded to the idea of Haddin and not cutting Khawaja loose).

  • GeoffreysMother on May 20, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    Missing tweet from Mickey Arthur 'I know I said you had the potential to be just like Kevin Pieterson, but that's not what I meant David'.

  • j on May 20, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Yet another embarrassment to top it all off. Warner is no leader, and the least he could do is apologize for this extraordinarily childish outburst. Let's hope he does and everyone moves on from this. Having a journo rub in 'you lost 4-0' is a sight Australian fans could do without.

  • John on May 20, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    If Warner had an issue with his image being used to illustrate the story then maybe he should have stated that he had an issue with his image being used to illustrate the story instead of acting like a petulant child. One of the problems with Twitter is that far too many people seem to feel obliged not to stop and think before tweeting. If you're going to shoot from the hip then expect to suffer the consequences.

  • Chukwuma on May 20, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    I am not sure what this has to do with anything. I stand by David Warner who was only defending himself against obviously jealous and overzealous commentators. Anyone can get behind a keyboard and write all the rubbish they want, but I would like to see them with a cricket bat in hand facing the worlds quickest bowlers

  • Dummy4 on May 20, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Warner's very unmeasured response in this incident leads to questions over his temperament. Does he have the mental atitude to open the batting in trying conditions. I personally would love to think so. His maiden century in Hobart was very adaptive to the conditions and game situation. His shot selection was superb and his shortened follow through limited risk. His Pure batting aggression against Ishant Sharma was awe inspiring but will that do against the Skilful, Wily James Anderson with the new ball? I would probably back Anderson in a battle of wits vs brawn as Anderson only needs that one good ball vs Warner's many lusty blows. In India Warner was outfoxed by the spinners and displayed an inability; almost stubborn refusal to adapt to the different conditions eg.sweep shot. To me Warner is a man who needs to revisit Hobart and come to grips with his limitations once again, otherwise he will be routinely wound up, outthought and outfoxed by the craftiest International bowlers.

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