Champions Trophy 2013

Warner hearing set for Thursday night

Brydon Coverdale

June 13, 2013

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David Warner performs his 12th man duties, Australia v New Zealand, Champions Trophy, Group A, Edgbaston, June 12, 2013
David Warner was running the drinks rather than playing during Australia's rained-out match against New Zealand on Wednesday © AFP
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David Warner will face a disciplinary hearing on Thursday evening Australian time over his altercation with England batsman Joe Root at a Birmingham pub. Warner was stood down from the team for Australia's washed out Champions Trophy match against New Zealand on Wednesday and will learn at the Code of Behaviour hearing whether he faces any further sanction over the incident, which took place in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The hearing will take place via teleconference at 6.30pm AEST (9.30am in the UK) and it will be the second time in less than a month that a case involving Warner will be heard by Cricket Australia's senior Code of Behaviour commissioner, Gordon Lewis. Warner was fined A$5750 in May after he pleaded guilty to unbecoming behaviour, concerning his foul-mouthed Twitter rant at two Australian journalists.

This time, Warner has again been reported for "unbecoming behaviour", relating to a punch he allegedly threw at Root while members of the England and Australia teams were at a Birmingham pub following their game on Saturday.

There have been reports that the altercation was instigated by Warner's belief that Root was impersonating Hashim Amla when wearing a false beard, but the England camp has said Root was making fun of himself and referring to taunts from his team-mates that he was too young to grow facial hair.

George Bailey, the acting captain of Australia in the absence of the injured Michael Clarke, said after the New Zealand match that the Warner-Root altercation was "a very minor incident" which had "been dealt with in-house".

There have also been reports that Warner was a regular at the Walkabout pub, where the incident occurred, during the team's time in Birmingham. "Our bar staff are quite familiar with David's face," John Creighton, the manager of the pub, said.

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Posted by   on (June 13, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

I hope this affair will be dealt with sensibly, and not be blown out of all preportion. David is a very talented player who deserves a chance to redeem himself both on and off the field.As has been pointed out he will face enough reaction from spectators, and probably players too. Lets all get on with the serious business of the forthcoming games.

Posted by Nedy on (June 13, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

he has been suspened untill the 1st test of the ashes, champions trophy is over for him

Posted by ahmarjami on (June 13, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

Cricinfo is too slow. this is from CA now- At a hearing tonight, Warner pleaded guilty to breaching Rule 6: Unbecoming Behaviour. CA Senior Code of Behaviour Commissioner, The Hon. Justice Gordon Lewis AM, fined Warner $11,500 and suspended him from the remainder of Australia's ICC Champions Trophy campaign as well as the Australian team's two tour matches before the first Ashes Test against Somerset and Worcestershire. Warner will be eligible for selection for the first Test.

Rule 6 states: Without limiting any other rule, 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.

Posted by MartinC on (June 13, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

In the interests of natural justice I hope the Aussies dont send Warner home - I think that would be an over reaction to what seems a stupid and unacceptable incident, but also one that is being overblown a bit. A couple of matches suspension, a fine and a warning that he is last chance saloon in relation to future behaviour seems about right.

He is going to get torn to shreds by English crowds though and imagine the intensity of the bowlers and fielders when he is on strike will be high as well. He is going to have to make runs early in the Ashes (if he plays) or the stick will grow and grow and crush him like it did Mitchell Johnson.

Posted by Charlie101 on (June 13, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

Right at the end of the article I read that " Warner was a regular at the walkabout pub "

Spending time in pubs seems to me to be a major problem for any professional player in any sport who is out of form and has fitness issues . The 2 do not mix - ask Freddie Flintoff .

Posted by chaituchb on (June 13, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

Its sad to see , one of the most destructive batsmen in the world at present is carrying drinks for his teammates . But the situation is created by warner for himself

Posted by Wakeybeancounter on (June 13, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

Biggus; point well made. CA should remember Hookes when they hand out punishment. However the fact that he was 12th man suggests the punishment will be next to nothing.

Posted by bobmartin on (June 13, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

@ Craig Anthony Hoffmann ... I agree 100 % with your comments, as apparently does the vast majority of the Aussie commenters on here and other threads... For my part, whatever the outcome, if Warner ever shows his face again in a match against England in England...he can be sure of one thing, the Barmy Army will be on his case... big time....I'll be most surprised if a song hasn't already been composed. I can also imagine a few choice comments from the close-in English fielders too.. I look forward with keen anticipation to seeing him, with his obviously high opinion of himself taken down a further peg or two....

Posted by superoli on (June 13, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

So the English team go to Walkabout pub in Birmingham wearing green and gold wigs and this is not seen as in any way provocative? Of all the bars in Birmingham they pick Walkabout?

Posted by SS Club on (June 13, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

Trying to find channel 9 commentators who said that Warner and Hughes are the future of Aus Cricket during last Aus summer. Let me know if anyone find those comedians, sorry commentators.

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