Champions Trophy 2013 June 12, 2013

Warner dropped after punch at Root

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David Warner has been stood down from Australia's Champions Trophy match against New Zealand after what has been called "an unprovoked physical attack" on Joe Root in a Birmingham bar in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Warner could yet face further sanction, including the possibility of being sent home from the tour, depending on the outcome of a Code of Behaviour hearing, which Cricket Australia said would be convened as soon as possible.

The ECB confirmed in a statement that an altercation between Warner and an England player took place and said it was initiated by Warner. They said the player was not responsible for the incident which happened around 2am following England's 48-run victory at Edgbaston, and had accepted an apology from Warner.

"Following a statement issued this morning by Cricket Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirms that David Warner initiated an unprovoked physical attack on a member of the England team in a Birmingham bar following England's 48-run victory over Australia," the ECB said in a statement. "Warner has admitted behaving inappropriately and has since apologised to the player involved who has accepted the apology.

"Following a full investigation the England team management has concluded that the England player was in no way responsible for nor retaliated to the attack. ECB has concluded that this is a matter for Cricket Australia and have no further comment to make."

Alastair Cook, the England captain, said that his players were fully within their rights to be out in the early hours of the morning. "You don't often get to win international games," he said. "When the schedule allows you, as long as its within certain parameters that we set as a team [and] we didn't have training for a couple of days.

"Clearly if it was a back-to-back game it's a very different issue. We had a couple of days off and a couple of days training, you don't often get those positions in a tournament so it's very important you do sometimes let your hair down. Celebrating wins also builds team spirit."

John Creighton, manager of the Walkabout bar in Birmingham, said: "David Warner and Joe Root were in our VIP area between 1.30am and 2.30am on Sunday morning along with several other England and Australia team members. None of the group seemed to have been drinking to excess and just seemed to be having a good time. There was a small altercation between Warner and Root.

"This was dealt with very amicably and quickly by the rest of the group and both were calmly chatting to each other shortly afterwards. They all left a short while later and a small bar tab was picked up by David Warner. We are quite familiar with David's face."

The manager added he did not think Warner's punch connected although it is understood that some contact was made. He also confirmed that police were not called although it is believed that was at the behest of Root who did not want to take the matter further.

Warner was reported under Cricket Australia's Code of Behaviour and in a statement, Cricket Australia said he had been cited after he "was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with an England player in the early hours of Sunday morning following the ICC Champions Trophy match between the teams in Birmingham".

The incident could have serious ramifications for Warner's Ashes campaign. He has been cited under Rule 6 of the Code of Behaviour, which deals with unbecoming behaviour, and states that: "Players and officials must not at any time engage in behaviour unbecoming to a representative player or official that could (a) bring them or the game of game into disrepute or (b) be harmful to the interests of cricket."

It is the second time in four weeks that Warner has been reported under that section of CA's Code of Behaviour, after he was fined $5750 last month for engaging in a Twitter spat with two Australian journalists. Following that incident, Warner said: "I just want to draw a line under all of this and move forward."

Warner has also been struggling for runs since arriving in England, having made ducks in both the Champions Trophy warm-up games and 9 in the loss to England.

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

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  • runout49 on June 13, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Warner MUST play the Boxing Day test !

  • Gazzypops on June 13, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Why was Root allowed to be in the bar at all? Surely he's not old enough...!

  • willy_upper on June 13, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @2nd_slip, I don't buy into Siddle being the only world class bowler. Ryan Harris and James Pattinson when fit are as good as anybody in world cricket for mine. Starc is a bit inconsistent but can produce the unplayable spell a bit like Johnson. I'd like to see Nathan Lyon have more variation in pace and flight but he's better than Hauritz who toured last time round. I'd hate to see Australia not play a spinner when they have Watson as a 4th seamer and Clarke most likely not being able to bowl with his dodgy back.

  • thebrotherswaugh on June 13, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    Warner's obviously got an anger management issue. Still can't believe the ACB thinks he's genuine leadership material. They sent guys home for not doing their homework, so they can't afford to let Warner off lightly - or does being in Clarke's clique mean different standards are applied. It's his second offence under that code - either punish him accordingly or reveal the whole process as a sham. He's just another over-hyped, overpaid sportsman. Maybe after a LOSS, he would have been better advised to have an early night rather than drowning his sorrows. If the ACB takes appropriate measures, Warner may be saved the embarrassment that will be handed to him by the Poms should he play in the Ashes - he'll be lucky to average higher than 25.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 13, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    @oscoli67- 'a classic product of the IPL ... no idea but millions in the bank, and an attitude to match' Well ,you must be meaning Kevin 'tough to be me' Peterson , the most apt for your description . At least ,Warner is Aus' very own and not some SA import that feels too 'important' about himself in Eng team .

  • on June 13, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Give the guy a break guys... Like everybody, I do realize it was not the right thing. But I have had the chance of seeing him personally and he is a great guy. He carries no star attitude, meets everyone nicely and seemed so rooted. Even in IPL, he could be seen chatting with young kids animatedly. To me, he seems to be having a hard time in controlling his emotions because he has not been able to contribute to the team. he is a passionate cricketer and let him have his breathing space.... David, wish you all the best...

  • on June 13, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    Australians are at ICC tournaments, discipline should be maintain, but imagine Ramadin acted wrong, he was very harshly punished, in same manner if West Indian/Indian/Pakistani/Sri Lankan player will get in to same situation, DO YOU THINK THEY WILL BE FORGIVEN?, No Sir-they will be penalized severally with no time.

  • on June 13, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    wat z happening in cricket.......

  • ex-Srilankan on June 13, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    This is a storm in a teacup. It appears the players have shaken hands and moved on. Others, in particular, Australian media should too.

  • shirl on June 13, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    Alcohol had nothing to do with this incident. It is yet another incident of poor behaviour on and off field from a person with llittle restraint. He is not the first Aus to do it, nor will he be the last. Aus' overall performance is poor & this does nothing to improve our image or performance. Send him home, bring in Rogers. Getting kicked out of the Aus side for poor playing form worked for Steve Waugh & Glenn McG all those years ago. I hope it works for Warner, he has talent but he's not great nor a champ because his temparent is so poor.

  • runout49 on June 13, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Warner MUST play the Boxing Day test !

  • Gazzypops on June 13, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Why was Root allowed to be in the bar at all? Surely he's not old enough...!

  • willy_upper on June 13, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @2nd_slip, I don't buy into Siddle being the only world class bowler. Ryan Harris and James Pattinson when fit are as good as anybody in world cricket for mine. Starc is a bit inconsistent but can produce the unplayable spell a bit like Johnson. I'd like to see Nathan Lyon have more variation in pace and flight but he's better than Hauritz who toured last time round. I'd hate to see Australia not play a spinner when they have Watson as a 4th seamer and Clarke most likely not being able to bowl with his dodgy back.

  • thebrotherswaugh on June 13, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    Warner's obviously got an anger management issue. Still can't believe the ACB thinks he's genuine leadership material. They sent guys home for not doing their homework, so they can't afford to let Warner off lightly - or does being in Clarke's clique mean different standards are applied. It's his second offence under that code - either punish him accordingly or reveal the whole process as a sham. He's just another over-hyped, overpaid sportsman. Maybe after a LOSS, he would have been better advised to have an early night rather than drowning his sorrows. If the ACB takes appropriate measures, Warner may be saved the embarrassment that will be handed to him by the Poms should he play in the Ashes - he'll be lucky to average higher than 25.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 13, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    @oscoli67- 'a classic product of the IPL ... no idea but millions in the bank, and an attitude to match' Well ,you must be meaning Kevin 'tough to be me' Peterson , the most apt for your description . At least ,Warner is Aus' very own and not some SA import that feels too 'important' about himself in Eng team .

  • on June 13, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Give the guy a break guys... Like everybody, I do realize it was not the right thing. But I have had the chance of seeing him personally and he is a great guy. He carries no star attitude, meets everyone nicely and seemed so rooted. Even in IPL, he could be seen chatting with young kids animatedly. To me, he seems to be having a hard time in controlling his emotions because he has not been able to contribute to the team. he is a passionate cricketer and let him have his breathing space.... David, wish you all the best...

  • on June 13, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    Australians are at ICC tournaments, discipline should be maintain, but imagine Ramadin acted wrong, he was very harshly punished, in same manner if West Indian/Indian/Pakistani/Sri Lankan player will get in to same situation, DO YOU THINK THEY WILL BE FORGIVEN?, No Sir-they will be penalized severally with no time.

  • on June 13, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    wat z happening in cricket.......

  • ex-Srilankan on June 13, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    This is a storm in a teacup. It appears the players have shaken hands and moved on. Others, in particular, Australian media should too.

  • shirl on June 13, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    Alcohol had nothing to do with this incident. It is yet another incident of poor behaviour on and off field from a person with llittle restraint. He is not the first Aus to do it, nor will he be the last. Aus' overall performance is poor & this does nothing to improve our image or performance. Send him home, bring in Rogers. Getting kicked out of the Aus side for poor playing form worked for Steve Waugh & Glenn McG all those years ago. I hope it works for Warner, he has talent but he's not great nor a champ because his temparent is so poor.

  • Happy_hamster on June 13, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    Would he aim a punch at Tremlett or Freddie I think not, small man Napoleon complex, it is lucky for him he is as accurate (or not) with his fists as his bat because he had connected and caused some physical injury he would be getting more than a slap on the wrist. It is probably in his genetic make up as he is probably descended form some ne'er do well deported for some back street shenanigan in times of yore. Probably good for Aussie team in the short to mid term though. ps. I could have him!

  • on June 13, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    I bet he wouldn't have dared have a crack at Botham!

  • shuvo_bba on June 13, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    Warner is a well-dedicated sportsman to represent his country. There is no question. This sort of incidents shold not effect his carrer in long term basis. I believe Warner will be geared up for his moment. Good Luck to him.

  • inthebag on June 13, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    Blown out of all proportion yet again. Only a handful of people know what really happened and they appear happy to leave it and move on. The ECB has come out in strong support of their players, let's see if CA can do the same rather than buckle to media pressure, it'd be a nice change.

  • pa99 on June 12, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    I sincerely hope that M Clarke is not going to defend Warner - AGAIN! It would be misplaced loyalty. Loyalty is one thing; boorish behaviour is another about time Clarke realised that he has a problem child on his hands. and about time Warner realised he is no great player. What punishment will he get? another 'hearing' from CA and round and round we go get rid of the guy; atleast on a temporary basis.

  • ChandraaR on June 12, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    Looks like its not just his cricketing strokes that Warner is not able to connect. On evidence, Warner appears to have a bright future ahead. His antics remind me of Ricky Ponting's early days and his brawl in a Calcutta night-club.

  • willy_upper on June 12, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    With 5 openers in the Ashes squad and an A-side on tour, could be quite easy to send him home. I don't think they will however, but he should sit out the rest of the Champions Trophy. Wouldn't mind seeing Adam Voges come into the test squad as his replacement. Middle order player which Australia lack, showed good form at home and now is making runs in England. I'd like to see the top 6 for the first test look something like: 1. Watson 2. Hughes 3. Rogers 4. Khawaja 5. Clarke 6.Voges

  • on June 12, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    I have heard of plenty of punch-ups and indiscretions in the history of cricket. Board room and selector punch ups, players offering to finish matters after the game vela Viv the "lad" with the blond mullet now a sir had a few tiffs and smoking indiscretions! Let's not demonize people; life is not a saintly experience for any of us. Don't homogenise cricket and people completely or else just put a bunch of robots out on the field!

  • AjaySridharan on June 12, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Root didn't bother calling the police, the two players chatted and reconciled, and Warner picked up the tab. Who the heck then blew the whistle on Warner? How did CA or ECB come to know of this?

  • SirViv1973 on June 12, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    @OzCricketwriter, Whether Warner's punch connected or not he threw an unprovoked punch at a fellow professional so there was certainly some intent on his behalf. CA have seen fit to suspend him from today's game so clearly they like most others view this as a bit more than just a storm in a teacup.

  • Greatest_Game on June 12, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Responding to the wordplay "Warner only nicked Root," contributor @ DVSK wrote "@Greatest_Game It was decribed as a "glancing blow" and … it doesn't matter if it was just a nick because the problem is lack of self restraint …"

    Umm…how do I explain this. For the reader's amusement, I posted a joke made during the ongoing NZ vs Aus match. The joke uses the word "nick" as a pun . The "double meaning" is that Warner can't hit a a cricket ball, or hit Joe Root. Hitting a Dale Steyn delivery is difficult. Hitting Joe Root when standing in front of you is not so difficult. (Joe is no "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" guy.) Only nicking Joe means Warner can't hit something that is NOT moving, yet his job is to hit moving things. The contrast between these concepts is the root of this joke, which is catagorised as "observational humour," a category of comedy described by the publication Scientific American as "it's funny because it's true."

    Cricinfo: Please post this response

  • trav29 on June 12, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    @amith warner is in the UK representing his country , hes not here on holiday. even outwith matches he is still obliged to follow their rules and those rules include behaviour during "personal" time. he is perfectly aware of what these rules are and has been around long enough to know better than to do something like this.

    if I was away on business with my work and got involved in a fight in a bar with someone from a rival company I would get a lot more than a slap on the wrist. if anything being a international sportsman means he gets treated more lenient than he would if he was just an ordinary guy rather than the other way around.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 12, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    @ashok2510, considering it occured in a public place, the press would probably have got hold of it, so the England players would probably have mentioned it to the team management so when it was published they could sort it.

    I would guess that the England management then informed the Aussies out of courtesy, so that they were prepared if/when it hit the media.

    All in all it seems to have been handled by both camps very well.

  • on June 12, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    Off field matters should be punished differently, should not be involved with sports.

  • ashok2510 on June 12, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    If Root and other English players did not complain and then how did ECB know about it?

  • ramzville on June 12, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    whatever happened is outside the ground.. it's bit extreme to suspend a player for this.. that to be in the middle of a tournament. It's sounds like an old school method of punishing the bad children.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on June 12, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    I don't think Warner is a kind of guy who can keep doing this and get away with it. saw someone reminding us of how Ricky ponting was at the start of his career , but such comparison are a bit far fetched because ponting as a batsmen is in another class compared to one dimensional game of Warner. A bit of bad boy streak is ok if you can compensate it with the weight of runs in the field but warner in current form just doesn't cut it

  • on June 12, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    @ Aditya Anchuri - Common man. Physically harming another player is not small issue. Even simple brushing shoulders of other team players on the field is considered against the code of conduct. Punching another player is something more than that.

  • himeshu on June 12, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Warner is in the news for all wrong reasons! Hope his career doesn't end like Symmo!

  • HealthyCric on June 12, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Bit extreme to suspend! Not sure what Cricket Aus is trying to prove!! They must see the ice hockey once in a while, live boxing that is.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 12, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    @dgcov, just like a senior player wouldnt have a pop at journalists on twitter, oh wait.

    THe bbc has this on thier report QUOTE : "There was a private VIP area and some of the Australia players were in there. The three England players, Joe Root, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes, were some way away and were larking around - wearing silly wigs and that.

    I understand Warner took umbrage and went over to Root and glanced him on the chin."

  • on June 12, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    Well no complaint from England or Joe Root. I think that's a good thing. It allows the Aussies to deal with it - and it's good to see they are. Yeah it's only a quick punch, but unprovoked is the issue. Like it or not - walking up to someone and punching them without provocation is not the act of someone in control

  • AKS286 on June 12, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    On the field poor performance and now off the field poor performance. Australian team is getting down and down everyday. Australian team needs doctor or psychiatric. I just imagine what will happen after whitewash in Ashes. England team need army protection.

  • on June 12, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Good reason to leave him out of ashes as Aussie have good replacement for him.

  • on June 12, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    The Ashes war has began.....bring it on boys, we want more!

  • Cricfacts on June 12, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    The new Aussie bad boy perhaps?...lol..

  • dabhand on June 12, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    @ goldeneraaus - casting no aspersions on yourself, but as few if any on this board will know you, it's the actions of the man himself by which he should be judged.

    That is the problem team managers face - they really know the players and are the best judges of the situation, unfortunately because of his track record they can't realistically defend him.

  • Vasi-Koosi on June 12, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    something gross wrong with australian cricket. Watson and Co pulled for not doing homework in India and now this incident. It is not just about winning. Aussies have set very high standards in the way they play their cricket, they also achieved the habit of winning along with it to such an extent that their way was set as the standard to achieve. IT is very sad to see those standards diminish in all counts. The winning comes with discipline, commitment and backing your teammates.

  • on June 12, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Three Aussie players were sent home from the Indian tour for not doing their "homework." So, Mickey Arthur should show some consistency and send Warner home now. Tweet outbursts, crap batting and now punching someone...poor show David!

  • dabhand on June 12, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    I don't care which country / player, it's a simple issue and - anyone representing and loyal to their team/county/state/country needs to be aware that that is what they are doing and also what conduct is expected of them - go outside those boundaries, get caught, then take the consequences.

    Once may be understandable and even acceptable, twice shows a trend and a real lack of professionalism , three strikes and you should be out.

  • on June 12, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    The players settled it ,it should be all over,let the ICC run the on field play.

  • 2nd_Slip on June 12, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    @RandyOz...I Thought a player plays for his country and gives his all just for the love of his country much like soldiers do at war and certainly not to please the coach!!!. Aus cricket has got bigger problems than Mickey Arthur..1)Clarke is the only test standard batsman in the side,2)Siddle is the only genuine test class bowler(I know you probably thinking what aout Pattinson,Starke,Lyon young promising talent blah blah blah, lets get real here, if you HAVE that so called talent than it should be reflected by your performances and thus far, all the guys we mention here as young talent only perform against weak teams at home too) 3)Wade=Kamran Akmal 4)Too much of that youngster nonsense going around in Australian cricket 5)Aus need to evolve there's only 1 Gilchrist, Hayden and as soon as we stop pressurising these young players to fulfil those roles and reach that standard they will find it difficult to assert themselves and reach their potential e.g Warner 6)I can go on for ever..

  • on June 12, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Cricket is getting boring. We suspend ppl just for throwing a punch at someone? Come on, even Joe Root didn't think it was that big a deal. Australia, what's happening to you?

  • Greatest_Game on June 12, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    I love the aura of confidence that surrounds Alistair Cook. There is nothing understated about him, no holding back his sense of superiority & dominance when he talks about his team. In the above article, the following sentence truly exemplifies all that is Cook.

    "Alastair Cook, the England captain, said that his players were fully within their rights to be out in the early hours of the morning. "You don't often get to win international games," he said.

    Bravo big Al! If you win the trophy its a week long booze cruise for the lads!

  • YorkshirePudding on June 12, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    @Greatest_Game on (June 12, 2013, 10:11 GMT) "I just heard a great comment during the NZ v Aus game. The whole incident is a storm in a teacup: when Warner had a go at Root he only nicked him anyway!"

    You mean like warner would be doing against the england bowling attack in the Ashes (provided he isnt sent home like Symonds in 2005!!)

  • 64W..HotShot on June 12, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    @goldeneraaus: Did you bowl to him while he was under the influence of alcohol?

  • dgcov on June 12, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    I'm sorry, but the ECB statement sounds highly unlikely.

    There is absolutely no way a senior batsman of one side, no matter how inebriated, would be likely to strike a rookie from the opposing side without some serious provocation and I cannot believe that Root is as blameless as the ECB insist.

    I shall reserve judgement until more facts emerge.

  • TheBigBoodha on June 12, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    I'm afraid the headline and sub-heading do not represent the reality of what happened, as clearly indicated by the barman's comments. So the question is: why?

  • on June 12, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Seriously? There is no angle to tie this incident with IPL and blame BCCI? C'mon guys you are not working hard enough.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 12, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    @muzika_tchaikovskogo, slow, low pitches in England, really, granted they arnt the quickest of pitches but they're hardley sub continent style, as the ball tends to carry well to the keeper and bowlers can get some nice lift off a good length.

  • RedRoseMan on June 12, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    So Warner took a swipe and missed?! And this is news why? Its what he does every time he bats!

  • Aussiesfalling on June 12, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    @Ozcricketwriter If this is as you say a storm in a tea-cup, why did the heads of CA and the ECB think it important enough to issue public statements on the matter given that no officials from either body were apparently present? Clearly the incident was reported back by at least one player who did not feel the urge to underplay a matter for commerical reasons, like the owner of the bar.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 12, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Meh, these things happen, anyone remember Beefy and Greg Chappell's spat bck in the day.

    However having just lost you wouldnt have thought the Aussies would have up for much celebrating, let alone wit the team that had just wiped the floor with them.

  • Ms.Cricket on June 12, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    I expect Clarke and Arthur to come out and say they stand behind Warner and that he is still in line to be Aus captain in the future while poor old Watson gets the chop for not doing homework.

  • SurlyCynic on June 12, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Looks like a few people here are now getting sucked into the PR spin of 'storm in a teacup' / 'the punch barely connected'!

    If nothing happened why was Warner stood down for today's match? Is a glancing blow on an opposition player no problem because it didn't really connect? Interesting.

  • Freak7820 on June 12, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Perfect reason for Australia to send him home before the Ashes.

    Rogers, Watson & Hughes can do the job opening...he's in pathetic form at the moment.

    Warner won't be missed. I bet England would be delighted if Warner plays all 5 tests.

  • VickGower on June 12, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    " that David Warner initiated an unprovoked physical attack"

    Wondering if the reporter here just paused a wee bit to ponder this statement before putting it in here. And what is particularly reckless is the preceding portion of the statement... "after what has been called". Called by who aside from maybe the aggrieved party. What happened to responsible reporting. How about using the word allegedly here. The same thing was done to Sreesanth. Everything, folks, is an allegation until proven in a law of court. Even though Australia took Warner out of the team I highly doubt he just walked into the bar and said I am for no reason going to sock Root.

  • TheShawshankRedemption on June 12, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    CA should endure its Policies are aware among its players.

    I think Warner deserves the next plane flying home since he has repeated the mistake in 2 times in last 2 months.

    ECB acted gentle.

  • Dashgar on June 12, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    No big issue but a good excuse to drop an underperforming player. If he is cut from the ashes squad it grew lights either Watson or Rogers to take over the test openers spot and potentially put Bailey or Voges in the middle order. The team will then look a lot more solid.

  • reality_check on June 12, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Yet another late night fight in and around a bar but thankfully this time no one has their head smashed.

  • on June 12, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    I suppose all the fuss is about the 'intent' of Warner. Sure, it's easy to say that 'nothing happened' and 'what's all the fuss'. If however, he had succeeded in landing the punch and broken Root's jaw, then we would have a lot of fuss.

    Remember: Warner threw the punch with the intention to land it.

  • goldeneraaus on June 12, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    this seems to me to be being blown way out of hand for no reason.. further i EXTREMELY DOUBT that it was "unprovoked".. people are just using this incident to air out their personal slights on a man they dont know.. ive met and bowled to warner and he is humble and kind.. you are all entitled to a CRICKETING opinion on the man but shouldn't just shamelessly slander his personality.. I am NOT defending his actions just defending the man

  • HawK89 on June 12, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    "Unprovoked", "Initiated by Warner", yet Root quickly accepts the apology and ends it. It could be that Root doesn't want any distractions leading up to his Ashes Debut, but Warner doesn't go out hitting people out of no where, or else people who criticize him would be thrown out of a window, at the very least. Anyway, more drama for the media to spit out pre-ashes.

  • popcorn on June 12, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    Warner should be sent home. It will make the decision easier for the selectors to slot in Ed Cowan and Chris Rogers as the openers for The Ashes.Is this the guy some people said is captaincy material? Sic. Glenn Maxwell has proved himself in the little time he had to make an impact. So also Wade as the ODI Opener with Watson.We don't need you anymore,Warner.

  • Greatest_Game on June 12, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    @ Stark62 wrote "Aus need him more than anyone else (barring Clarke) for the ashes... only guy that will make Jimmy, Broad and Finn think twice about their lines and lengths."

    Warner is easy. Start back of length/short, give him a touch of room to hit a few, & he's on the back foot where he likes it. Then cramp him with fuller deliveries into his body, & he gets anxious & hits out. He won't leave, & on the back foot, feet not moving, wafts at the length ball moving away. He'll either nick it spoon it between point & mid off. 80% of dismissals, caught! 65% of inngs out within facing 50 balls - exposing the middle order. His form is abysmal - he has no class.

    34 inngs. 3 tons, 7 fifties (4 vs a weak SL). Out 62% below 30 runs, 30% below 10 runs! Take out his 3 big scores & his ave is 28!

    Anderson, Broad & Finn KNOW what lengths to bowl. He can't play swing, esp the outswinger.

    Aus DON'T need him for the Ashes, but Eng REALLY want him. ECB is making no fuss for good reason!

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 12, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Storm in a teacup!

    John Creighton, manager of the Walkabout bar in Birmingham, said: "David Warner and Joe Root were in our VIP area between 1.30am and 2.30am on Sunday morning along with several other England and Australia team members. None of the group seemed to have been drinking to excess and just seemed to be having a good time. There was a small altercation between Warner and Root.

    "This was dealt with very amicably and quickly by the rest of the group and both were calmly chatting to each other shortly afterwards. They all left a short while later and a small bar tab was picked up by David Warner."

    The manager added he did not think Warner's punch connected although it is understood that some contact was made. He also confirmed that police were not called although it is believed that was at the behest of Root who did not want to take the matter further.

  • on June 12, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    If you can get sent home for not doing your homework what happens when you throw punches at opponents in a bar in the wee hours of the morning? Clarke/Arthur will be painting themselves into a massive corner if he's not sent home for this. As an Aussie I am possibly biased. Australia needs batsman who can score 150 plus and value their wicket, not flashy 20/20 players who them away at the drop of a hat. Picking Chris Rogers was a good start, and in him they have a ready made and far superior replacement.

  • TheBigBoodha on June 12, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    From someone who was actually there: "None of the group seemed to have been drinking to excess and just seemed to be having a good time. There was a small altercation between Warner and Root. This was dealt with very amicably and quickly by the rest of the group and both were calmly chatting to each other shortly afterwards."

    So, what is all the fuss?

  • BenjaminEdmonds on June 12, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    The best way to punish Warner is to keeping in the team and let the barmy army loose at him, will make Mitch Johnson look like a picnic!

  • on June 12, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    So nothing actually happened then.

  • stormy16 on June 12, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    I think this is blown out of proportion. Cricketers are human and thus will lose their temper and have ago at times. I am not saying it right but there are lots like him - doesnt mean he has to be sent home - that's absurd. Agreed Warner needs runs and his attitude is at times is ugly but no he doesnt need to be sent home for this incident. Yes and good luck to Warner with the Barmy Army!!

  • Jayzuz on June 12, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    There is one eye witness account, by John Creighton, manager of the Walkabout bar in Birmingham. Read it and tell me if this in any way reflects the headline "unprovoked attack", and the spiteful comments here?

    "None of the group seemed to have been drinking to excess and just seemed to be having a good time. There was a small altercation between Warner and Root.

    "This was dealt with very amicably and quickly by the rest of the group and both were calmly chatting to each other shortly afterwards. They all left a short while later and a small bar tab was picked up by David Warner."

    Once again reality and media operating on two different dimensions.

  • on June 12, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    This is officially the start of the ashes...............................i declare it open.........................

  • here2rock on June 12, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    The both are examples to kids, what were the doing in the pub in the early hours of the day?

  • Aussiesfalling on June 12, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    The best way to punish Warner is not to send him home but to pick him to open the batting for Australia in the next 5 Ashes Tests.

  • Aussasinator on June 12, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    All round frustration is bring out the typical Aussie behaviour in Warner, who is bad even under normal circumstances on field. He deserves a short ban.

  • DrAgonEdd1e on June 12, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    anyone remember Pontings black eye , the kid ended up being one of the most successful captains we have ever had. this is just a minor setback.

  • JG2704 on June 12, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Sad state of affairs. Obviously there are 2 sides to every story but it's hard to imagine a guy who seems as level headed as Root doing much to provoke an attack. I wonder if Warner and alcohol just don't mix so well

  • Apocalypse_EX on June 12, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Disgusting behaviour. What is he doing to his career?

  • on June 12, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    The Australians can not the fact that they are on the decline and the frustration is evident from their rude behaviour

  • Bogelking on June 12, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    There was a time, when the fans of the nations playing against Australia thought different tactics of how to end their undefeated run. In fact they were a sort of Colossus bestriding the rest of the Cricket nations. But recently, the team has been seen far from that reputation, and one really thinks the unwanted incidents that the players within the Australian team indulges, is causing rift in their performances. Earlier it was the home-work gate incident, and now an altercation with a rival player. It is high time that the top management seriously think about some plan to alienate the players from the controversies and concentrate over the game. Let us hope that the team will get over this and come out there to make a statement through their game.

  • landl47 on June 12, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    I'm always sad to see a player who has the talent to play sport at the top level have problems with his life outside the game. For whatever reason, Warner seems to be having trouble controlling himself.

    I hope he'll accept help and get himself back on track.

  • it_happened_last_in_2001. on June 12, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    What was he doing out at 2am ? Did no one tell him he'd failed yet again and his team had been thumped ? Sums up his whole attitude. I can't help but think he thinks he's as good as Bradman. Sadly, he's poor and shows no sign of improvement. He's a classic product of the IPL ... no idea but millions in the bank, and an attitude to match !!! As an England fan I want Warner to play every test, but realistically he should be sent home. I'd love him to stay and literally face the music with the barmy army. Rocky theme tune anyone ??

  • jonbuoy on June 12, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    This is another incident from a man who wants to be the skipper of Australia?? Give me a break, I wouldn't put in charge of the 1st XI from the Woodridge Kindergarten. He needs to be shown the door, go away think about your attitude, get some runs somewhere and when you have your attitude sorted and have made some runs, then come back and we will see if we can find a place for him in the team, Glenn Maxwell is just as good a fielder as Warner so nothing will be lost in rhat regard. His batting is hit and miss at best.

  • Kunal-Talgeri on June 12, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    It does seem like the the England and Wales Cricket Board have got to the Root of the problem. :-P Why can't the respective boards just let the guys concerned handle the matter themselves!

  • Dr.Vindaloo on June 12, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    I've always thought Warner was a particularly nasty piece of work. This confirms it.

  • SirViv1973 on June 12, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Given what happened with the homework incident & the disciplined approach being taken by the Arthur/Clarke regime i'm surprised he wasn't just sent home in disgrace on the first plane this morning. Perhaps Arthur is waiting until he has all the facts and has chance to speak to Clarke who i'm assuming is still in London getting treatment for his back. I've also noticed he's carrying the drinks this morning which i'm a bit surprised about as I thought maybe they would want to keep him out of sight, so i'm guessing this must be part of the punishment. If Warner is thrown out of the ashes squad & Clarke is unable to overcome his bad back, that would leave Brad Haddin with the best ave of the batsman with 35.5, quite astonishing.

  • DVSK on June 12, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    @Greatest_Game It was decribed as a "glancing blow" and apparently it stopped at that because Mckay dragged Warner away. Either way it doesn't matter if it was just a nick because the problem is the lack of self restraint he showed.

  • Selassie-I on June 12, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    What a discrace. I hope this spurs Joe on to spend the next 10 years or so punishing Australia with pure weight of runs for this.

    Warner's a big guy too, why doesn't he pick on someone his own size, maybe tim bresnan.

  • on June 12, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    This incident is a disgrace. The Ashes is supposed to be a friendly rivalvry where everyone is able to have a friendly drink after play. I think David Warner should be sent home from the squad so the team can distance itself from negative publicity. Khwaja should be the beneficiary.

  • RednWhiteArmy on June 12, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Nooooo! Please let him play in the ashes. Joe Root doesnt want to press charges so everything is good.

  • gaurav4878 on June 12, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    he is great player with great patience :)

  • RandyOZ on June 12, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Have said it since day 1, Arthur is a terrible coach for this team. The players don't respect him and they don't play for him.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 12, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    The frustration of yet another loss to England clearly was too much for Warner, how many more such incidents will take place in the future. I hope not too many. There is no room for green envy on the field or off it. Take defeat like a man, not like a child. A 12 month ban should be handed out now. Anderson will be disappointed he won't get to bowl at him in the Ashes.

  • kruther on June 12, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    SEND HIM HOME - embarassing. Broken record. All that is wrong with Australian sport, let alone cricket. We are fast becoming a laughing stock off the pitchIf he was our best bat I would send him home; he is far from that, so its a very easy decision. Make a statement CA.

  • on June 12, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Looks like someone can't handle his drink.

  • Stark62 on June 12, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Completely idiotic act but I think Aus need him more than anyone else (barring Clarke) for the ashes.

    He is the only guy that will make Jimmy, Broad and Finn think twice about their lines and lengths because he is an aggressive batsman and will punish anything that strays off line or length.

  • Greatest_Game on June 12, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    I just heard a great comment during the NZ v Aus game. The whole incident is a storm in a teacup: when Warner had a go at Root he only nicked him anyway!

  • RandyOZ on June 12, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Not a huge loss with Rogers and Khawaja in the wings. Send him home; we don't want him.

  • WakeyLee on June 12, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Hope they don't send him home, the barmy army will have a lot of fun with Warner this summer...!

  • meursault on June 12, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    The Australian team hierarchy painted itself into a corner with those overblown punishments for the trivial homework-gate "offences". Surely by that standard, Warner cannot play in the first test after this behaviour. If so, it's probably a good thing for the team. Cowan, Rogers, Hughes, Clarke, Khawaja, Watson, Haddin looks relatively decent as a top 7 in English conditions.

  • on June 12, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    David Warner just hasn't learnt from past incidents and the powers that be must send him home. I was looking forward to seeing him battling again us in the Ashes, but no one from any cricketing nation is above the rules.

  • AlbertEinstein on June 12, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Can't have been much of a fight, the way he's been playing he probably took a swing and missed. (Phillip)

  • Longhairrocks on June 12, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Reports in the Daily Telegraph here suggest it was an unprovoked assault on Joe Root who was out with Steve Finn and Stuart Broad, so Warner throws an unprovoked punch at the smallest guy in the field. He is a real brave soul

    If he stays on the tour, the Barmy Army will rip him to shreds and secondly he had single handedly created ill feeling between the sides which could have consequences this summer

  • on June 12, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Send him home without another seconds thought. Disgraceful behaviour and not what Australian cricket stands for.

  • VivGilchrist on June 12, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Embarrassing. Send him home. If he stays, the English media will be on him all through the Ashes and that will distract the whole team. Don't need it. Time to bring in Lehmann. The players will respect him and play with pride unlike the Arthur effect.

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on June 12, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Replace him in the ashes with a specialist middle order batsmen like Bailey or Steve Smith. This is a blessing in disguise as we have too many openers in the squad as it is

  • asiacricket1234 on June 12, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Why'd anyone go after root :O. Root is just a kid. I hope CA take strong action against such behaviour.

  • Spofforth1877 on June 12, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Awesome. CA now don't have to drop him on the excuse that he's rubbish and his form has been terrible. He's had success as a flat track bully but his poor ODI and Test record speak for themselves, and the way he was dismissed in the last Test against India shows he has a poor Test temperament.

    CA should reconsider trying to find a replacement for Hayden - Australia will never have the team they had so they need to rebuild from solid foundations, not on the ghosts of greatness past.

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on June 12, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    That should be it for him as far as England is concerned. Bring him home and see if he has grown up a bit for the home Ashes. If four players miss one test for not doing homework, bad mouthing respected journalists and unprovoked attacks on opponents should warrant a hefty penalty

  • jmcilhinney on June 12, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    @MP4-28 on (June 12, 2013, 8:41 GMT), how would you know that about Warner? I bet there were people saying that about Andrew Symonds too and look how that turned out. Warner's behaviour seems to be have been getting steadily worse so the fact that you would like to see him come back and succeed is a long way short of his being a champion. It may turn out that he does and I hope so because it's a shame for talent to be wasted but he may just be a meat-head and, if so, good riddance I say. If nothing makes your belief in them waver then you're a fool. Being an Australian cricketer doesn't make someone a saint. They are just people like any other. Celebrate their cricketing ability but don't pretend that they can do wrong. It really bothers me that people are allowed to get away with things just because they are good at singing or playing a sport. If someone behaved this way at a business conference after performing poorly at work for some time, would you call them a champion?

  • kc69 on June 12, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    I seriously don't understand what's wrong with Australian Cricket which is in the news for all wrong reasons. Action against Warner is justified but please ensure you don't lose another talented player before it goes completely opposite same way as it happened in the case of Andrew Symonds.

  • wrenx on June 12, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Anyone else get the feeling that Waner, aside from not playing international cricket, won't be playing cricket at all for much longer? Doesn't seem like a career he's well suited for. Shame.

  • DVSK on June 12, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Always knew he had a temper but never expected this.

    @MP4-28 You call it "inconsequential", really? There is a difference between having a belief in your team and making excuses for inexcusable behaviour. But you are right Warner shouldn't be defined by this one incident if he goes on to change himself.

  • ScottStevo on June 12, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Considering this was Warners last chance to get some runs prior to the Ashes to prove he's of any worth in any form of the game, he's really messed up. We have 5 openers in the squad for the Ashes, so he won't be missed. As for ODIs, he does leave a hole as we've not got enough batsmen in the squad. This means we'll end up seeing bits n pieces Maxwells, etc, who just aren't good enough with the bat. Especially in team struggling to get runs at the moment. Stupid boy...but it may be time for him to head home and reflect on his behaviour of recent times and whether or not that's the same reason he can't buy a run..

  • SurlyCynic on June 12, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Warner is not living up to the standards set by his ancestors and previous Aussie teams.

    Oh wait...

  • on June 12, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Warner is a Great player, but now out of sorts, drop him, let him mend his ways and mend his game, and come back, this is not good for the sport, all Aussies supporting him, where are u upto?? u need to have aggression on the game, not cock fight.!! look at your own Haydos, gilly. these incidents wont make him great player at all, not good as Gilly, Dravid etc,, NOT GOOD Enough, SEND HIM HOME< let him do his NATURAL OWN HOMEWORK

  • PutMarshyOn on June 12, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Poor stuff from Warner. Send him home with a phone number for a good counsellor. Fleet Street must be wondering how on earth life could be this good.

  • on June 12, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    When David Warner got into trouble with the media a little while ago, Cricket Australia said that the incident would have no bearing on his leadership ambitions. I wonder if they'll feel the same way after this. Its quite evident by now that Warner has anger control issues, and loses restraint quite often. I don't know if Mickey Arthur was fully mindful of this when he backed Warner as a potential captain for Australia.

    The lack of off-field decency aside, Warner doesn't look as good a player he was once touted to be either. The lack of form's probably played a part in the incident. I can't think of a good reason why any person would want to take on Joe Root - he doesn't seem the type to get into fights. Warner should really pick someone his own size, if he must.

  • AhmedEsat on June 12, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    I agree shaggy. No individual should be above the game.

  • PrasPunter on June 12, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    @MP4-28 , well-said mate. can't agree more with you. Count me as well as one of those life-time Aussie cricket lovers who has a hell a lot of faith in our boys. At first look, got furious but later settled down on this - they are just going through a difficult time and all they need is a bit of conditioning and counselling. Let Warner take his time out of the game, clear his mind and get back bigger and stronger. Time to back our boys during these times !! Go Aussie Go !!

  • Barnesy4444 on June 12, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    This may give a chane for Phil Hughes to open where he belongs. It's true a young R T Ponting had an alcohol fuelled incident, as a 21 year old (nearly 20 years ago), Warner is 26. Most recently the last Aussie to have a drinking spat was Symonds, he didn't last long after that. Warner needs to pull his head in as these incidents can derail Ashes campaigns.

  • Sudhir65 on June 12, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    CA is doing the right think and needs to be congratulated. BCCI would never self-discipline its top players unless forced to by ICC.

  • Kitschiguy on June 12, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    This will come as no surprise to anyone who's seen him behave on the field. if he can't control himself when playing the game then why expect him to control himself off it, especially when he's been drinking. He's disgraceful.

  • HatsforBats on June 12, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Send him home. The last thing we need is Warner trying to impose himself on the field in the midst of a poor run form by swiping his bat at everything and mouthing off at the opposition. Another reason why Warner shouldn't be considered leadership material. Round 2 to England, well played chaps.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 12, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Aus chances winning the match improved with Warner sitting down. Warner has been a passenger in the team.

  • himanshu.team on June 12, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    What is wrong with Australian Cricket these days? First the homework-gate, then a whitewash in India, then getting all out for 65, followed by a big loss to England and now a drunken brawl by Warner.

    Do they really want to play cricket any more? how much worse will things get before they start their 're-building'? As far as I know, the greats have all retired long time back and by now things should have fallen in place. Seems it is far from over for the Aussies.

  • Shaggy076 on June 12, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    It certainly not going to hurt us tonight as his one-day form has been quite average for some time. Dont think he is a good enough player to get away with this prima donna behaviour, send him home he wont be missed.

  • MP4-28 on June 12, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    I remember a few years ago another Australian batsman having an alcohol related incident

    a certain RT Ponting - remember him??

    Didn't he end up being one of Australia's greatest batsman??

    A Champion is defined by the fact that he doesn't stay down - Warner is one of those. These incidents are inconsequential and the impetuousness of youth

    The real concern that we mustn't miss is that this is a call for help from a team that is under extreme stress which generates erratic behaviour

    As a lifetime Aussie cricket team lover - I have nothing but faith in my boys - I know they will triumph and I will be with them all the way - nothing will waiver my belief in them

    The history of Aussie cricket has been characterised by comebacks from being down and out - Allan Border leading the way in the 1980's, Ian Chappell same from Ashes in 1972, Richie Benaud in the late 1950's to 1960's, even our own great Sir Don Bradman in 1934 Ashes winning the series 3-2 after being 0-2 down - keep the faith

  • Chris_P on June 12, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    If true, he should be booted out. Cricket or any society shouldn't have to put up with this garbage no matter who it is. Poor effort.

  • Biggus on June 12, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    We should send him home. If he won't learn the easy way, i.e. his twitter incident fine, then it's time for him to learn the hard way. If these allegations are substantiated by the hearing then there is no way he should be retained in the squad. He should stop throwing his toys out of the pram and concentrate on his game.

  • Ali_86xz on June 12, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Why is everybody depending on Warner for Tests (Ashes) and ODI's, keep him only for T20's, that's all he's good at. If Australia have any chance of becoming the 'dream team' they were 6+ years ago, they would have to completely change their management and especially selectors.

  • on June 12, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    The poor guy just need support to fire...

  • Teachers on June 12, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Warner will win 1 out of every 5 games he plays, the other 4 we will lose because there is no one in the current test team to take up the slack left by irresponsible batting. Hopefully, some new batsman will get the opportunity to make substantially more than the 9 runs from 3 innings Warner has made on this tour.

  • Gurram on June 12, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Take a break Mr.Warner, come back as strong as Shikar Dhawan, and dont foget a moustache. You will do great things on field soon.

  • on June 12, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    and to think some were talking Warner up as future Oz skipper... doesn't seem he's particularly bothered about playing for Oz, let alone skippering it. Bad news for England though, if it means Rogers comes in for Ashes...

  • Stumay on June 12, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    And the joke that is the Australian cricket circus rumbles on to another humiliation.

  • RahulHariharan on June 12, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    A much needed break for Warner!!!! Hope he takes this time to evaluate himself and relaunch the Pocket Rocket...!!!

  • on June 12, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Aussie Jessi Ryder being talented bat still doing wrong things

  • on June 12, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    BBC reporting as "attack" on Joe Root!?

  • foozball on June 12, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    To all those poo-pooing CA's response, keep in mind that D Warner is a professional who was in hot water a mere month ago. Added to which, he hasn't been making *any* runs for his national team.

    @warnerbasher: when Warner makes 500 runs in a series, then he can have a beer. He can have 500 for all I care. Hard yakka first, reward later.

    Quite simply, Warner doesn't seem to take his career all that seriously. If you had an employee that flaunted the rules - and there are most definitely rules regarding drinking during competitions - would you be happy to let it slide? Would you keep paying him, keep giving him projects, keep him as the public face of your company?

    Time to give someone who actually wants to be there a chance. Warner's had his fair share. Send him back to shield cricket (hell, even grade cricket) for a couple of seasons and see if he's learnt his lesson.

    Australian cricket cannot afford these freeloaders, especially with the upcoming schedule.

  • srriaj317 on June 12, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Apparently drinking isn't David Warner's main offence in this instance. He is alleged to have been involved in a physical altercation with England's Joe Root the morning of the Eng-Aus ODI. Considering Root's fragile child-like physical build, must have been pretty dangerous indeed!

  • Stevros3 on June 12, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    @spindizzy it's not for drinking he's being investigated it's for a 'drinking related incedent' (thought to be attacking Joe Root).

    Yes drinking is legal, attaking someone when drunk however is NOT!

  • brusselslion on June 12, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Dear CA,

    Please don't replace Warner in the Ashes team with a real batsman (Rogers).

    Thanks,

    An England supporter

  • Stevros3 on June 12, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    He's actually been dropped now according to the BBC and Cricket Australia, supposedly for attaking a England player (thought to be Joe Root)

  • on June 12, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    Since his tweets against journos he must hv become their punching bag. Hounding him so that he will fall in line?

  • Biggus on June 12, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    @spindizzy-An alleged physical confrontation with England batsman Joe Root. Still OK with that?

  • Hammond7249 on June 12, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Gee, spindizzy, are you advocating that players should be allowed to get drunk whilst they are being paid by their country to play a sport? It's not being puritanical its just common sense and if someone can't avoid alcohol perhaps they have a problem.

  • shuvo_bba on June 12, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Davey Warner is one of the very few players in the Australian outfit whose dedication to the team is absolutely out of question. Feeling sorry for the incident on him. He should be punished as minimally as possible.

  • pardo on June 12, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Sydney Morning Herald says there are reports of a "physical altercation" with Joe Root. If that's true its a bit poor - can't imagine Root picking a fight - shoudl be sent home. Very odd, if it is true.

  • on June 12, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    David is a great batsman, but considering his recent form and the activities he is engaged in he should be drop now to make him understand the value of his spot in the Australian team, perhaps he can come back much lively like the warner we used to know earlier!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 12, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Further reason to get this guy well away from the Ashes squad. Walking-Wicket-Switch-Hit-And-Out-Warner might very well find himself in IPL only soon.

  • stickboy on June 12, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    warners arrogance is finally catching up with him. I wish that he could channel it more into his batting like matthew hayden did. Hopefully one day he will.

  • aruna.b.herath on June 12, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    @DJstriplefive @Dr.Yeluri Probably saved you from getting some minus marks

  • on June 12, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    another blow .. :( oz players need more discipline ...

  • on June 12, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Ahhhh David Warner,the Justin Bieber of Australian cricket!

  • tickcric on June 12, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    I guess guys like Warner need the right kind of guidance. The kind which mentors like Steve Waugh, Imran Khan can give. Unfortunately the current Australian setup is more like a boarding school. They go for over-punishment.

  • WristyFlick101 on June 12, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Awesome! He was not in my Fantasy League Team! Smart Choice :P :P

  • warnerbasher on June 12, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Daveys report card in England 2013

    Beers -16(estimate) Runs-9(actual)

    Whats wrong with a few beers anyway. Boony drank a Qantas plane dry on the way to England in 1989 and ended up with over 500 runs in the series. I know because their share price has been crap ever since

  • Dr.Yeluri on June 12, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Phew...! My transfer wasted for the second time in Fantasy League....!

  • spindizzy on June 12, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    Or, alternatively, stop demanding that they act like monks or school children.

    It's a game of cricket - not a marketing exercise. They're allowed by law to drink, they're even allowed to get drunk.

    Stop being so bloody puritanical!

  • FredBoycott on June 12, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    David Warner. The gift that keeps on giving.

  • on June 12, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    Hopefully CA imposes an appropriate punishment & Warner pulls his head in, he is a very talented player clearly out of form, he needs to focus on his cricket. Australian cricket right now needs form batsman not big heads.

  • DJstriplefive on June 12, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    aaaaaaaaaah he was in my fantasy league team......transfer wasted....

  • satishchandar on June 12, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Why is Warer getting into trouble? Now as he proved himself as volatile as anyone after the twitter incident, eh will be a easy target for opposition as we ll as away media..

  • Rahul_78 on June 12, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Ohh oh! The Australian captain fantastic is known not to tolerate these kind of behavior in his new strict regime. People were sent home for not doing their homework. Wonder what's in-store for Warner.

  • deano_411 on June 12, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Send him home from the whole tour ashes as well. He is overrated and overpaid and clearly does not seem to be working very hard on his poor batting technique.. Bring in someone who will actually work hard and take it seriously.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on June 12, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Warner's style of batting is best suited to Australian conditions- his average outside Australia is just 26.1, with a strike rate just over 50. His recent form has hardly been encouraging and the slow, low pitches he's likely to encounter in England will hardly suit his style of betting. Unless there's a dramatic turnaround, I'll be surprised if he makes a significant difference in the Ashes.

  • Big-Dog on June 12, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Probably a good thing for Australia. His form has been non existant anyway.

  • baski77 on June 12, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Does anyone know what is the incident??

  • jeauxx on June 12, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    I'm one of Davey's biggest fans (even played in the same junior side as him a few years under) but he seems a bit out of sorts lately. Started off the IPL well but has really gone downhill towards the end and with the Twitter incident. His confidence seems down.

    I reckon it might be time to drop Warner. We've seen he's very much a form batsman (recall his ODI record before his Gabba ton 2011/12 summer?) and right now he's a bit of a liability.

    Our CT batsmen's confidence is dented by his shakiness at the top of the order (Hughes especially). Furthermore, his dropping would solve a dilemma at the top of the Ashes order - giving Rogers or Watson a chance to step up top.

    Let David have winter off, develop a yearning for Test cricket watching the Ashes from home, and come out blasting in Shield cricket to earn his spot back.

    Maybe even in NSW's middle order as captain? Goodness knows they need a headstrong captain right now!

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 12, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    C'mon, give him a break. Is CA aware that Warner is the only batsman they've got, barring Pup.

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  • Baseball-Sucks on June 12, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    C'mon, give him a break. Is CA aware that Warner is the only batsman they've got, barring Pup.

  • jeauxx on June 12, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    I'm one of Davey's biggest fans (even played in the same junior side as him a few years under) but he seems a bit out of sorts lately. Started off the IPL well but has really gone downhill towards the end and with the Twitter incident. His confidence seems down.

    I reckon it might be time to drop Warner. We've seen he's very much a form batsman (recall his ODI record before his Gabba ton 2011/12 summer?) and right now he's a bit of a liability.

    Our CT batsmen's confidence is dented by his shakiness at the top of the order (Hughes especially). Furthermore, his dropping would solve a dilemma at the top of the Ashes order - giving Rogers or Watson a chance to step up top.

    Let David have winter off, develop a yearning for Test cricket watching the Ashes from home, and come out blasting in Shield cricket to earn his spot back.

    Maybe even in NSW's middle order as captain? Goodness knows they need a headstrong captain right now!

  • baski77 on June 12, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Does anyone know what is the incident??

  • Big-Dog on June 12, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Probably a good thing for Australia. His form has been non existant anyway.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on June 12, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Warner's style of batting is best suited to Australian conditions- his average outside Australia is just 26.1, with a strike rate just over 50. His recent form has hardly been encouraging and the slow, low pitches he's likely to encounter in England will hardly suit his style of betting. Unless there's a dramatic turnaround, I'll be surprised if he makes a significant difference in the Ashes.

  • deano_411 on June 12, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Send him home from the whole tour ashes as well. He is overrated and overpaid and clearly does not seem to be working very hard on his poor batting technique.. Bring in someone who will actually work hard and take it seriously.

  • Rahul_78 on June 12, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Ohh oh! The Australian captain fantastic is known not to tolerate these kind of behavior in his new strict regime. People were sent home for not doing their homework. Wonder what's in-store for Warner.

  • satishchandar on June 12, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Why is Warer getting into trouble? Now as he proved himself as volatile as anyone after the twitter incident, eh will be a easy target for opposition as we ll as away media..

  • DJstriplefive on June 12, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    aaaaaaaaaah he was in my fantasy league team......transfer wasted....

  • on June 12, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    Hopefully CA imposes an appropriate punishment & Warner pulls his head in, he is a very talented player clearly out of form, he needs to focus on his cricket. Australian cricket right now needs form batsman not big heads.