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Warner fined for Twitter outburst

Brydon Coverdale

May 22, 2013

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David Warner loses his balance, Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals, IPL, Delhi, April 6, 2013
David Warner: "I could have chosen my words better and I apologise for any offence that my language may have caused" © BCCI

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."

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Posted by TheBigBoodha on (May 23, 2013, 1:40 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.

Posted by Yuji9 on (May 23, 2013, 1:23 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?

Posted by Clyde on (May 23, 2013, 1:00 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.

Posted by ozziespirit on (May 22, 2013, 22:10 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.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (May 22, 2013, 21:23 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.

Posted by king_julien on (May 22, 2013, 17:59 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.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (May 22, 2013, 17:28 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.

Posted by yuva19 on (May 22, 2013, 16:50 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.

Posted by DERBYSHIRE33 on (May 22, 2013, 16:43 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

Posted by   on (May 22, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 22, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

Free speech eh? what ever happened to that?

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (May 22, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

So the Boys Club of the Aussie cricket team closed ranks to protect its own in Dave Warner. No real apology from Warner, just remarks regarding the language he used. How about the two very respected journalists who were just doing their job and calling it how they saw it? Professionalism in a highly paid sporting team means taking criticism and performing on the big stage like a man. Neither of which Warner has done yet. As one of the journalists said, Dave when you win the ashes back and I will add, top the run scorers, then you can say something constructive to naysayers. I knew he wouldn't cop a suspension like the poor homework gate victims. The brass are trying to groom him for the top job and wouldn't want any controversy in the past. That didn't work out too well when they picked Ponting instead of Warne. I think with the more controversial Warnie in charge, 2005 ashes would certainly have been won by Australia

Posted by   on (May 22, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

I don't get it. These aren't school days anymore where people will come out asking for apologies. These guys are supposed to be mature to not let anything like this happen in the first place. I see it time and again that someone will act unprofessionally and then apologize, and so the cycle continues. On and on and on.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (May 22, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

Given that his name has been bandied about as a potential future captain, I assume that Warner possesses a number of leadership qualities. One thing that he definitely seems to lack at the moment is maturity. That's something that obviously improves with time for everyone. Whether it will do so enough in Warner's case remains to be seen. Also, even if someone is the kind of person who others would follow out of a trench and into enemy fire, that's only one side of being an international cricket captain in this day and age. Whether Warner has all the required attributes, or can develop them, to be a good all-round captain is also by no means certain. I think one lesson that he, and anyone else in a position where they have to watch what they say, can learn from this is not to tweet when you're mad. The fact that we can communicate with immediacy these days doesn't necessarily mean that we should. Thinking before you act is rarely a bad thing.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

Look at Ponting... look at Clarke... CA always seems to tolerate aberrations in their behavior IN THE PAST, as long as they mature by the time they are ready to take over leadership positions. Come to think of it not a bad idea. Not holding him a prisoner of his past for the rest of his life! In the Indian context, that gives some hope for guys like Kohli. But, anyone who swears at his own team mates in the foulest language, is something else, and should not be condoned.

Posted by Sanj747 on (May 22, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

A poor example of an Australian cricketer. What disappoints even more is the support Warner has received from James Sutherland and Michael Clarke. Unfortunately this provides a clear indication of how the game is being run in Australia.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

Whether it is Warner, Gambhir, or Kohli... they all need to learn to be more mature and balanced in responding to the thousands of provocations they may have to face in their future... that is if any of them have aspirations to occupy leadership positions... in whatever field they may want to... occupy.

Posted by blink182alex on (May 22, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

Nothing wrong with being aggressive on the field but don't cross the line. Warner needs to learn when to keep his mouth closed when he is batting and fielding. He could do worse than by looking at Mike Hussey, he just lets his bat do the talking.

Add in Maxwell and Wade into that category as well, less time mouthing off about the oppo and more time learning how to bat and catch a ball (for Wade).

Posted by srikanths on (May 22, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

The cost of hurling abuses on Malcolm Conn and Robert Craddock is AUD 5750, could well be money well spent per some of the players.

Posted by andrew.henshaw on (May 22, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

Weak and expected. I can only assume that the reason that Warners punishment is so light is that it is a sign of the times. (1) the loss of "control" of players to domestic leagues like the ipl (2) the general loss of interest in cricket in australia vis-a-vis the various football codes and warner's status as a crowd puller

Posted by landl47 on (May 22, 2013, 13:07 GMT)

It will be a dark day for Australian cricket if Warner ever gets to be captain. I'd rate him as one of the least astute members of the Australian squad. He may yet go on to be a good test batsman, but leadership is another matter.

Posted by Mitty2 on (May 22, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

David you have to learn the laws/rules of the media mate. If you get slandered/criticized from pillar to post the rule is you're not allowed to respond/express your opinion otherwise there will be uproar and you will be slandered even further!

Just love the media, right?? Especially as it's involving the worst Australian cricket journalist in malcolm conn!

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (May 22, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

So let me get this straight. A newspaper is allowed to report on spot fixing by incorrectly using the image of an unrelated player as part of their story, and they get in no trouble whatsoever, while if that player questions the newspaper doing it, then they get a big fine? That sounds wrong to me.

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