Australia news May 23, 2013

Warner apologises over tweets


David Warner has apologised for the language he used during his Twitter outburst on Saturday but said he felt the need to defend himself after a photo of him was used to illustrate a story on the seedy side of the IPL. Warner has arrived home in Australia after his long stint in India with Delhi Daredevils and he spoke to reporters at the SCG on Thursday, the day after he was fined A$5750 at a Cricket Australia Code of Behaviour hearing.

Warner said he had been woken during the early hours of Saturday by WhatsApp, an instant messaging application on his phone, and found that his friends had seen the Courier-Mail article and asked him what was going on. Warner then took his anger out in a series of tweets directed at journalist Robert Craddock, who in the article had discussed the recent arrest of three Rajasthan Royals players over alleged spot-fixing.

"I was just extremely annoyed with my image being used on that related article," Warner told reporters on Thursday. "I was trying to defend myself because anyone who looks at the photograph can automatically assume that I'm related to what happened over there.

"If I let it go and didn't say anything, was I going to be defended by others? We just don't know that. What I did through Twitter, for myself it was disappointing and I shouldn't have done that and I shouldn't have used the language that I did."

In his initial tweet, Warner wrote "Shock me @crashcraddock1 talking s*** about ipl jealous p****. Get a real job. All you do is bag people. #getalife". He used similar language in a series of tweets directed at Craddock and his News Limited colleague Malcolm Conn, who weighed in on Twitter.

"I've got to be a bit more professional with the choice of words that I use next time," Warner said. "I'll keep speaking my mind and always have my opinion and always continue to try and defend myself in the right choice of words ... If I had my time again I'd definitely make a phone-call to Robert and ask him why the sub-editors used that image."

Warner sat down with Conn to put the issue behind them on Thursday morning and his focus has now turned firmly towards the Champions Trophy and Ashes in England. Warner is keen to ensure his Test form lifts from the disappointing tour of India in February and March, when he scored 195 runs at 24.37.

"I don't think [this adds] more pressure at all," he said. "I just want to put a line under this and move forward defending the Champions Trophy and hopefully try to bring back the urn. That's my goal, to score as many runs as I can for the Australian team and hopefully we can win both those tournaments while we're away."

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

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  • Adrian on May 25, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    The good thing is that now it has come out what Warner was trying to do (to defend himself against a defamatory photo). It is very sad that so many people jumped the gun to assume that Warner was doing the wrong thing. Warner did the right thing but in the wrong way. There is a big difference. The journalist who posted his photo in connection to the article is the one who did the wrong thing and I'd like to see them punished much more severely than Warner was here.

  • Andrew on May 24, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    @Doogius on (May 23, 2013, 2:51 GMT) - personnally I would glean to much from twitter posts (they're not War & Peace). I am assuming what he says is true, but as neither you or I are in his shoes we can't know for sure what ticked him off. About culture at the top - I think it depends on which "top" you are talking about! I think Sutherland is a lame joke & should resign or be sacked, if you are talking in direct relation to the team - I'm pro-Clarke, & Arthurs neutral. I don't believe they (Clarke & Arthurs) can be in any way responsible for this, Tweeting is an unfortunate modern peril for pro-sportspeople & celebrities & there is enuff of them getting into trouble in the Twitterverse to say it is a broader issue than in cricket. I read the interview Conn & Warner had the other day & they seem to have let bygones be bygones! @ygkd on (May 23, 2013, 7:34 GMT) - I prefer Tweets are for Twits!

  • Axel on May 23, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    I'm sorry but who would want a Twatter account really? Who seriously thinks they are interesting enough to be 'followed' by a legion of anonymous people hanging on every banal word you speak? What parent would raise a child to believe that massive ego indulgences like Twatter are a virtue? I have no sympathy for this generation of Facebook/Twatter ego maniacs. They put their pointless thoughts out there for the world to view in the hope that they will have their ego stroked with every 'Tweet'. It just shows weakness of mind, weakness of character and a rampant belief in one's own greatness to even want a Twatter account in the first place. Who cares what Warner had for breakfast? He can't write well, can't spell, can't articulate yet CA thinks we're all supposed to care and understand him? Please. Doug Walters and Boony sharing a beer with Warner? Doubt it. Get real cricket fans and boycott this Gen Y nonsense!

  • Dummy4 on May 23, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    I'm all for a captain defending a fellow team member, however, Clark's support of Warner being a future captain of Australia is not only optimistic it's misplaced.

  • Francois on May 23, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    I will also feel offended when my pic is used to something unrelated, but I actually notice there some kind of jealousy regarding the IPL from Oz media. The Big Bash can unfortunately not compete with the millions and the huge crowd. Best of luck David

  • Eddie on May 23, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Mr Warner needs runs badly. And maybe an Ashes win to rehabilitate his tainted image

  • Philip on May 23, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    There are some very good immediate reasons for defence. Chiefly amongst these are Anderson and Swann. Newspaper articles with unfortunate choices of photographic accompaniment do need the reaction of a defence at all, especially in the lead up to an all-important tour. They need to be let through to the keeper. Come to think of it, so too do some of Anderson's and Swann's servings. In other words, if some players stick to the cricket they will come across far better. Twittering is for the birds.

  • Neil on May 23, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Seriously, what value has Twitter been to Australian Cricketers, or for that matter any international cricketers? Has it produced some wonderful increase in the popularity of the game or a valuable insight into the lives of the players. They're like schoolkids who have to be protected from online predators. Just tell them they can't have an account until they've finished playing. I often say to my kids in reference to all social media, just remember every word, every sentence and every photograph is there for the world to see, and that includes your present boss, your next boss, those who love you and those want to bring you down. My 13 year seems to get it. You'd think that Dave Warner, Kevin Pietersen and the rest of them would as well.

  • Robert on May 23, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    @Meety agreed. I believe he was well within his rights to show his distane but perhaps without the language he might have saved himself some pocket money.