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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