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Warner faces sanction for missing club match

Daniel Brettig

October 6, 2013

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David Warner during a practice session, The Oval, June 14, 2013
David Warner's decision to skip a club match and train privately may draw sanction from New South Wales Blues © Getty Images
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David Warner will claim adequate preparation for Monday's limited-overs match between New South Wales and Victoria as the reason he missed a Sydney grade match on the weekend when he explains his absence to the Blues' chief executive Andrew Jones this week.

Jones may yet sanction Warner for being absent from the second day of a fixture between his new club Randwick Petersham and Northern District, on a day when all available NSW cricketers were expected to play in the grade competition. The pair are scheduled to meet on Tuesday.

Blues coaches and selectors are unhappy that Warner did not take his place in the team after being told directly that he and all other state players needed to turn out on Saturday. Warner was informed of his obligations on Friday following a net session with the coach Trevor Bayliss.

Warner had earlier informed Randwick Petersham that he did not intend to play due to the club not batting on Saturday. Instead he trained privately and had his own net session, following a week of promotional and preparatory commitments with Cricket Australia, including a two-day camp that featured contract meetings with the national selectors. The club is believed to have made plans for a substitute fielder, but fielded with 10 men throughout Saturday.

Other NSW players who experienced similar schedules during the week included Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon, both of whom appeared for their grade clubs on Saturday. Smith will captain the Blues on Monday in the absence of Michael Clarke due to injury and Brad Haddin on international duty in India.

It is the latest episode in a year of misadventures for Warner, who was disciplined in May for engaging in a Twitter joust with Australian journalists, then suspended from the Australian Ashes touring party for punching the England opening batsman Joe Root in a Birmingham bar following the visitors' loss in their opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy.

He took part in the final three Tests of the Ashes series but subsequently lost his place in the ODI squad, and was told at his contract meeting on Wednesday that runs for NSW in the domestic competition would greatly aid his chances of a recall.

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Posted by VillageBlacksmith on (October 9, 2013, 11:36 GMT)

people on here talking about clark as a capt, team spirit etc... anyone notice at Lord's (prob other tests but i did not see the huddles) that in the Lord's team huddle watto never had his arm round the guy either side of him like everyone else in the team huddle had?? and weeks of dubious body language between clark and watto at 1st n 2nd slip.... as skipper clark should be all over this, but he isn't... if watto behaves like this on the pitch i imagine he is much worse in the dressing room, to the detriment of the whole team of course... as well as continually burning reviews to further his own advantage at the expense of the team when plumb... and a very poor test average for such behaviour.. he is tolerated because the cupboard is bare

Posted by Jagger on (October 8, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

@ Steve Back - unfortunately there is no way to cover all bases of an observation in a few short sentences, however for the sake of brevity - fair comment, mate. However, the way the transition was handled and the state system failing us right at the time everyone was singing its praises - was all overseen by Clarke and Sutherland. Clarke as selector; The failings of the Argus review; T20; IPL; Hussey nominating Lyon for the song; bowlers inflated averages due to the pitch condition overhaul; the pitch condition overhaul itself; failing to play our gun bowler in Harris in the first test and selectors not turning up to his state game prior - and much more. Like Ian Chappell says coach is another word for a bus. There is too much spending and focus on the support staff, and many of these players need to be taken down a peg or two. Just a few years ago Clarke was the face of the Prima donna brigade, despite sound advice to stop it, now he and Sutherland have a lot to answer for.

Posted by popcorn on (October 8, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

David Warner is no better than Monty Panesar. Warner is at best an ODI and T20 Player.He has ZERO technique for Test Cricket.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (October 8, 2013, 4:25 GMT)

@Harmony111 on (October 6, 2013, 6:52 GMT), fortunately, some people think that people should be held account for their actions regardless of whether they're a good batsman or famous or whatever else. Being good at something should not give license to behave badly in other areas, related or not.

Posted by Chris_P on (October 7, 2013, 21:56 GMT)

Having played grade cricket in Sydney, it is hard to fathom how anyone can say that they are, basically, above playing it when they aren't required to bat. Last year, even Clarke turned out for Wests when he had a Saturday off from first class, & this was the first day of a 2 day match where he could have easily have fielded all day as well. I would have suggest there are plenty of hours in the day to practice your batting issues, but then again, having Falzon on your arm is a not too shabby of a reason to wake up too early.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

@Jagger: "Clarke is the most useless captain we've ever had."

Be careful what you wish for. Captaincy worth is not an easy thing to quantify. As outsiders, we cannot get a complete look into the workings of what goes on between the Australian team members. From my perspective, Clarke seems caught between a rock and a hard place - trying his best to lead from the front with the bat and being as imaginative as he can with the field and his bowlers, but he has the misfortune of being too good for his teammates and having a mediocre talent base to work with. If there are big rifts between some of the players and Clarke that may or may not be his fault, then it's unlikely that Clarke can do a Stephen Fleming and make the most of a modest team. To be honest, I find it hard to believe that all of what's happened has been Clarke's doing. The other players need to take their share of the blame.

Posted by Jagger on (October 7, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

So they "rest" Warner from playing a Test match when he is in form, and they whinge at him for not playing a grade game - even though he was going to be standing in the field all day.

What we have here is when the captain and coaches fail in their leadership of men, rather than accepting blame, they turn tail and run.

Clarke is the most useless captain we've ever had.

Posted by Selassie-I on (October 7, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

Waqrner continues to discrace himself. SHame that he's one of Australia's best players at the moment and they need to keep him on side before he just decides to become a t20 mercanary.

@Harmony11 -' if someone says something nasty to me then I have the liberty of responding in the manner of my liking' - so if someone calls you a name you don't like it's okay to murder them or burn their house down..? Warner has no one to blame but himself here. He needs to grow up before he becomes the next Andrew Symonds.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (October 7, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

This relentless demonisation of Warner has simply gone too far. What is it that requires this much projected hostility at a single cricketer? Yet again a situation has been grossly misrepresented here, and those wishing to make the truth clear are not being allowed a voice. I will write it again. Ranwick, Warner's club, have publically stated they have no issue with Warner, and support him fully. He did not play in the game on either day. I can see no reason why this information should be withheld here. The last big write up about Warner here involved an incident so trivial that it didn't even make the umpires' report. Simply unbelievable.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (October 7, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

I can understand why Warner wanted to get more batting practice in rather than field for a club side but the fact that he chose to do so despite being explicitly told to play by CA just shows how thick this guy is. When you've had recent disciplinary issues you should probably keep your nose squeaky clean, even if you don't necessarily agree with what you've been told to do. If Warner thought that he would benefit from something other than playing for his club then he should have put a case to CA. They may have approved the idea but, if they didn't, then he would be smart to have done as he was told. I'm envisioning a press conference where Warner tells us yet again that he has learned from his mistakes. It would be interesting to hear exactly WHAT he's learned because, if it's anything worthwhile, he certainly doesn't seem to be putting it into practice.

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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