Australia news October 6, 2013

Warner faces sanction for missing club match

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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.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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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.

  • 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.

  • POSTED BY Amith_S on | October 7, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Guys take it easy, it was a club game and he had a good reason, time to get behind our young batsman as the likes of Warner, Smith, Khawaja, Silk will help rebuild our batting lineup.

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Never read so much drivel that comes out of the mouths of some of you, get a life and leave the guy alone, you are all self opinionated and probably wouldn't even know which end of a cricket bat to hold.

  • POSTED BY Cyril_Knight on | October 7, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    @VillageBlacksmith I agree entirely with you and could probably add more cricketers to the list. They just give in, physically and mentally now. They are too protected in the age group system they learnt to play in.

    Australia are desperate for a Steve Waugh, Allan Border, Ian Chappell or Ricky Ponting. Clarke is too "metro" to lead an immature team.

    CA need to realise quickly that "tough" cricket is the best way to breed Australians to win tests. These youngsters have never played hard cricket until they are picked for the national team. That is wrong.

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | October 7, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Don't see the issue, Warner was going to field so he instead did net practice, though he didn't get many today hoping he, Smith, Khawaja get early shield runs as we need all the young batsman firing.

  • POSTED BY VillageBlacksmith on | October 7, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    typical of the now aussie cricketer, no substance whatsoever... warner is like maxwell... and smith.... and koala... and bird... and patto... and cowan... and hughes... ... those ashes are gone for a long long time

  • POSTED BY Charlie101 on | October 7, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    Keep it up Davy - there is a big match coming on the 21st November and we need you to prepare as well as you did for the last series .

  • POSTED BY Big_Maxy_Walker on | October 7, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Warner was terrible against the Vics today, poor batting and in the field. Drop him from the test squad altogether. Replacement opener and the new number 5/6 for the test team to be decided by shield form. Warner has not learnt and needs a season or two in domestic cricket to find out what humility is

  • POSTED BY Gordo85 on | October 7, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    Typical David Warner. You got to laugh don't you, he just made a duck against Victoria. He just never learns that the team is bigger than the individual. Indeed he is overrated and woefully inconsistent at times. Take note Darren Lehmann.

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    8 ball duck today, dude has lost form so much.

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    Warner has always been too loved by CRICKET AUSTRALIA an organisation that jumps on talent and then ruins it by its obsession. Warner made runs by hit and miss cricket and CA thought he was fantastic. Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins were too youngstes that did well until they joined CRICKET AUSTRALIA's system. For an organisation like CA to fail so often means there must be a change back to basics. Length and direction in bowling; playing straight, along the ground and in the V for batting . But no CA is obsessed with smash and grab cricket and it is a shame they used up ROB QUINEY last year and havent given him a chance since. May I humbly suggest that CHRIS ROGERS has proved to all of us what CA cannot- ply your trade humbly and make runs

  • POSTED BY icecracked on | October 7, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    Pretty obvious this guy has an inflated opinion of his own ability which everyone else is struggling to see. Perhaps an extended run in grade cricket is what is called for to allow him to come to terms with the fact that he is NOT as good as he thinks he is.

  • POSTED BY somethingdifferent on | October 6, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    David Warner and Jesse Rider are the two problem child of modern day cricket.

  • POSTED BY rafe01 on | October 6, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Man, I would have fielded for them..

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | October 6, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    And to think he's being treated as the future for opening in tests! What a joke. The slide continues.

  • POSTED BY D-Train on | October 6, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Would've thought the best form of practice is match practice.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | October 6, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    The man believes his own press. Having seen his batting recently you would think he needs all the time he can get.

  • POSTED BY on | October 6, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Warner is an overrated batsman anyway.

  • POSTED BY punterdgr8 on | October 6, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    wow,fielding with only 10 men!!!

  • POSTED BY Barnesy4444 on | October 6, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    He didn't bat in RP's innings either. Where was he the first week? It looks like he didn't take the field at all.

  • POSTED BY Barnesy4444 on | October 6, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Warner could be at 6 in the role of Gilchrist and Douggie Walters. Hughes needs to make runs in the first few Shield games and he may well open with Rogers. But if Warner can't even follow a simple instruction such as "you must play this club game", well................ Warner really isn't that important.

  • POSTED BY on | October 6, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Low pressure zones moving through the Dave Warner teacup. Stay tuned for blanket coverage.

  • POSTED BY on | October 6, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    It is purely an ego thing. Nathan Lyon played in that game for NDs who batted. We didn't have Lyon saying "I won't play because I won't be bowling". As it was Lyon got a few runs as did Smithy for Sutherland. Maybe Warner might have had a chance to bowl his handy leggies. I reckon the Randy Petes might be wishing they hadn't pinched Warner from Easts over the off season!

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | October 6, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    How hard is it to stay out of trouble?

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | October 6, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Except that Root incident I don't think Warner is much at fault in other issues but when 4-5 diff incidents are collated and presented together then a casual reader is likely to feel that Warner is some sort of a villain or something. That twitter skirmish was from both sides and Warner did not start it, in the free speech world of today does a man have no right to even defend himself by words? Warner was definitely at fault in the Root incident but AFAIK even that was not such a one sided story as one has been told. If you are at liberty to say something nasty to me then I too have the liberty of responding in a manner of my liking. In this present incident, Warner had already informed the mgt in advance that he will not be available for the club match. The mgt then assumed that Warner will turn up when he didn't. This is more like mgt at fault than Warner.

    Given the low resources Aus have at the moment in terms of batting, a batsman of the level of Warner is being treated like this.

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  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | October 6, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Except that Root incident I don't think Warner is much at fault in other issues but when 4-5 diff incidents are collated and presented together then a casual reader is likely to feel that Warner is some sort of a villain or something. That twitter skirmish was from both sides and Warner did not start it, in the free speech world of today does a man have no right to even defend himself by words? Warner was definitely at fault in the Root incident but AFAIK even that was not such a one sided story as one has been told. If you are at liberty to say something nasty to me then I too have the liberty of responding in a manner of my liking. In this present incident, Warner had already informed the mgt in advance that he will not be available for the club match. The mgt then assumed that Warner will turn up when he didn't. This is more like mgt at fault than Warner.

    Given the low resources Aus have at the moment in terms of batting, a batsman of the level of Warner is being treated like this.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | October 6, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    How hard is it to stay out of trouble?

  • POSTED BY on | October 6, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    It is purely an ego thing. Nathan Lyon played in that game for NDs who batted. We didn't have Lyon saying "I won't play because I won't be bowling". As it was Lyon got a few runs as did Smithy for Sutherland. Maybe Warner might have had a chance to bowl his handy leggies. I reckon the Randy Petes might be wishing they hadn't pinched Warner from Easts over the off season!

  • POSTED BY on | October 6, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Low pressure zones moving through the Dave Warner teacup. Stay tuned for blanket coverage.

  • POSTED BY Barnesy4444 on | October 6, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Warner could be at 6 in the role of Gilchrist and Douggie Walters. Hughes needs to make runs in the first few Shield games and he may well open with Rogers. But if Warner can't even follow a simple instruction such as "you must play this club game", well................ Warner really isn't that important.

  • POSTED BY Barnesy4444 on | October 6, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    He didn't bat in RP's innings either. Where was he the first week? It looks like he didn't take the field at all.

  • POSTED BY punterdgr8 on | October 6, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    wow,fielding with only 10 men!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 6, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Warner is an overrated batsman anyway.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | October 6, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    The man believes his own press. Having seen his batting recently you would think he needs all the time he can get.

  • POSTED BY D-Train on | October 6, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Would've thought the best form of practice is match practice.