Australia news May 22, 2013

Warner fined for Twitter outburst


David Warner has been fined A$5750 (around US$5600) for his Twitter outburst at two Australian journalists at the weekend. Warner pleaded guilty to breaching the Cricket Australia Code of Behaviour when he launched a tirade of tweets at the News Limited journalists Robert Craddock and Malcolm Conn during the early hours of Saturday morning, initially in response to a comment piece on the IPL written by Craddock and later as part of a back-and-forth exchange with Conn.

Warner, who returned to Australia from the IPL on Wednesday, was found guilty at a Code of Behaviour hearing and received the maximum financial penalty for a first offence. He had been reported by Cricket Australia for unbecoming behaviour.

"In hindsight, clearly I let my frustrations get the better of me and posted some inappropriate tweets last weekend," Warner said after the hearing. "While I disagreed with the story and my image being used alongside the story, I could have chosen my words better and I apologise for any offence that my language may have caused. I'll continue to have honest conversations with all my followers and I will be mindful of the language I use in future."

Warner's comments might have earned him a fine but have not had a major effect on his future leadership ambitions, according to the Cricket Australia hierarchy. Warner was briefly named vice-captain of Australia's ODI team early in 2012 and has been considered a potential future leader of the national side, although he was overlooked for the vice-captaincy this year when Brad Haddin was named Michael Clarke's deputy for the Ashes and George Bailey for the Champions Trophy.

"'You never rule a line through someone in terms of their ultimate leadership potential in terms of a captain or vice-captain," James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia chief executive, said. "There are plenty of players in the past that have tripped themselves up and gone on to become fantastic leaders in Australian cricket and I'm sure David is one of those that could continue to step up as a leader even if he never gets a title."

Clarke agreed that Warner had leadership potential and said there would be no chance that the Australia players would scale back their social media output as a result of the episode.

"The one thing I've been very disciplined about is allowing people to be themselves," Clarke said. "At the end of the day we're all old enough and wise enough to know what you are required to do as an Australian cricketer. There's certainly been no talk of stopping players using social media, I think it's a fantastic way to give back to fans.

"I think Davey has great potential to be a leader of the Australian cricket team. He's a wonderful guy and wonderful player. He's learnt from this ... and if he continues to grow as he has over the last few years, there's no reason why he hasn't got the potential to captain Australia one day."

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

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  • James on May 23, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    How much was Warner on in the IPL? I don't recall, but its probably half a million or so. I think he can take the $5000 hit. On with the show.

    @Pommyspirit. You are not fooling anybody but yourself.

  • Axel on May 23, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    Warner lacks the character required of a Test captain but I seriously doubt that any of this will matter - what will matter is the fact that he is out of form and practice ahead of the Ashes and it is highly unlikely that he will dominate against the swinging ball in England. I predict that at some point over the next two series, Warner will bat at number 6 as a leg-spinning all-rounder. He's more Lance Klusener than Alistair Cook and he's gotten away with a suspect technique up to this point but really this Ashes should be the end for "Davey". The English slips cordon will be salivating when he comes out to open in overcast conditions to face Anderson and the duke ball with nothing but IPL and Champions Trophy form behind him. I hope his slash technique works but I doubt that it will and I doubt Warner will be there for the final Ashes Test. In fact, I bet that by this time next year Warner is a full-time T20 professional and never plays Tests again? Any odds?

  • James on May 23, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    It is fascinating that two batsmen of such different levels of ability as Clarke and Warner should be playing in the same team. In any particular innings, with one we are likely to see something good and with other we are not likely to. And just the determination of Hughes or Cowan is a spectacle. Warner is mostly a disappointment in the latter regard as well.

  • Rich on May 22, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    I feel very sad for Aus cricket right now as they just go from one disaster to the next. Warner has ruined his chance as captain, and if we lose the next two Ashes, which is odds on we will, there is no one to replace Clarke. Clarke will have to go if he loses both. A new keeper, spinner & batsmen is all needed but to add a new captain to that list is the last thing we need. Oz can only try and move on from the last few months, but there'll probably be another roadblock in the way of progress. Nothing has changed since the last Ashes.

  • j on May 22, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    Warner has a good chance of being handed the captaincy after the next Ashes given the current quality of Australia's captain or top 6 batsmen. All he has to do is hide down the order, away from the new ball, and he'll fit right in.

  • Pravin on May 22, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Seen and read enough ofMalcolm Conn....Playing cricket is not a profession while writing about it is??? although Warner should have kept quiet but at least he respects the profession that puts bread on his table unlike Mr Conn....He likes free speech as long as he's the one exercising it. I always found his writing highly opinionated.

  • Ryo on May 22, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Outburst won't affect his leadership ambitions. What ambitions? He has no chance. You might as well say, outburst won't affect his ambitions to become a time travelling astronaut.

  • Yuvan on May 22, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Warner is a walking wicket in turning tracks, Australia can also tryout different captains for different continents and different forms of the game, that roughly equals to 15. Just trying is not a viability at least.

  • Chris on May 22, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    When does this wretched IPL finish? there seem to be 100+ games, nobody outside India cares about it, its the English Domestic season. Its becoming boring

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Our three main hopes for the ashes; Clarke, Pattinson, that order. Nuff said!

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