Champions Trophy 2013 June 13, 2013

Warner hearing set for Thursday night

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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.

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

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  • on June 13, 2013, 10:34 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.

  • Nedy on June 13, 2013, 10:30 GMT

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

  • ahmarjami on June 13, 2013, 10:27 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.

  • MartinC on June 13, 2013, 9:42 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.

  • Charlie101 on June 13, 2013, 9:08 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 .

  • chaituchb on June 13, 2013, 9:05 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

  • Wakeybeancounter on June 13, 2013, 8:52 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.

  • bobmartin on June 13, 2013, 8:49 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....

  • superoli on June 13, 2013, 8:45 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?

  • SS Club on June 13, 2013, 8:21 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.

  • on June 13, 2013, 10:34 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.

  • Nedy on June 13, 2013, 10:30 GMT

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

  • ahmarjami on June 13, 2013, 10:27 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.

  • MartinC on June 13, 2013, 9:42 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.

  • Charlie101 on June 13, 2013, 9:08 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 .

  • chaituchb on June 13, 2013, 9:05 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

  • Wakeybeancounter on June 13, 2013, 8:52 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.

  • bobmartin on June 13, 2013, 8:49 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....

  • superoli on June 13, 2013, 8:45 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?

  • SS Club on June 13, 2013, 8:21 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.

  • JG2704 on June 13, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    I think the story has been played up by the media. According to various eyewitnesses it all settled down almost straight away with apologies accepted and no hint of any further atmosphere. For me , if Root was cool with Warner afterwards and the Australian management deal with it (which I'm sure they will) then there should not be much more to it. Maybe Warner's punnishment should be to be kept away from social evenings. If he has a short temper and doesn't react to well to alcohol it could be worse on another occasion I thought Cook milked the incident a little too.

    As for Broad (I see we have a little debate here) the guy used to get a bit worked up on the field with the numerous teapot stances and stary eyes when things weren't going his way but isn't that just passion and I've not heard of any off field incidents? I think he'll carry that rep through for the rest of his career

  • Big-Dog on June 13, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    I hope he gets sent home. It would be the best thing for Australia's Ashes hopes. He is an overpaid, underperforming fringe player whose career has been kept alive by our myopic national selectors.

  • hhillbumper on June 13, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    I hope he continues to play.Him and Hughes add such good comedy value to the Aussies batting line up

  • on June 13, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    The right thing was done here. Warner was immediately stood down pending the results of an investigation. There is no conspiracy or double standard and the same procedure would have been followed for any player. Even if totally cleared he may sit out another match (likely a dead rubber), and if it was determined that he is substantially at fault who knows how severe the authorities will be? If they choose to make an example of him he could very well be sitting out for months. We just have to wait for the ruling.

  • highveldhillbilly on June 13, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    @jmcilhinney "...reaction would have been had it been Stuart Broad who done the swinging...". Firstly everyone knows that Broad only swings it once every 10 to 15 games and considering he took wickets recently against the Kiwis I imagine that most people would be surprised that he get it swinging again so soon. On to your question the difference is that many neutrals dislike Broad intensely (I admit I am one of them) because of the behavior over a long period of time (much like KP). Most people don't really feel that strongly about Warner hence a different reaction.

  • Lmaotsetung on June 13, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    What I don't understand is what does Joe Root trying to look like Hasim Amla have to do with setting Warner off into a fit of rage?

  • on June 13, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    So David Warner, how do you feel taking all those hundreds of thousands of dollars for your cricketing skill whilst us people in the country cricket scene have chook raffles, chocolate drives and beg for sponsorship in this tight economical environment. You deserve it you say? You fail to control yourself in public situations, my 17 year old son shows maturity well beyond your petulant actions and on top of all that you havent earned the respect of anyone in the greater cricketing public as yet. You want to be the tough guy leading the Aussies to victory after victory you had better become that on a cricket field before you try it anywhere else let alone pubs and bars. Give you a hot tip sport....come along to my local any night of the week and start throwing your weight around, men who work bloody hard for their families and future may just take exception to you and your overinflated ego....it may just be the reality check you need.

  • Tom_Bowler on June 13, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Don't send him home, please don't send him home.

    It's not only that he's a walking wicket, he's also the perfect new whipping boy for the crowds.

  • jmcilhinney on June 13, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    I wonder what the reaction would have been had it been Stuart Broad who done the swinging at an Australian player. I'm quite sure that plenty of Australian fans and a fair contingent of neutrals too would have been baying for blood.

  • Biggus on June 13, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    @poms_have_short_memories:-I guess the enquiry will decide on whether Warner did indeed throw a punch, and if he did he has to be dealt with severely. It matters not whether he connected or not, what matters is what might have happened. Remember David Hookes? We Australians, of all people, should remember how a moment of foolishness can lead to terrible consequences. At present, if the charges are proven, Warner has no place representing us and should be sent home and omitted from the Ashes until he decides how much he really wants to play for Australia.

  • latecut_04 on June 13, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Verdict is quite predictable.He will be issues a 'severe' warning and may be imposed a monetary fine aswell.All signs lead to that.That is probably the reason for him being 12th man for the NZ match to carry drinks.Mickey has again got it wrong regarding punishment!!!!he should have been sent packing for Aus sake..this is going to be good news for Eng.....1 wicket already down throughout the summer...:)

  • freo75 on June 13, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    As an England fan I hope he doesnt get sent home. He is in abysmal form. His lack of footwork will be easily exploited by Englands premier swing bowlers. Best of all, he has shown himself to lack any kind of self control and is going to be torn to shreds by the crowds a la M Johnson. Can't wait!

  • poms_have_short_memories on June 13, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    After reading literally hundred's of blogs on cricinfo regarding Warner's guilt, i have come to the conclusion not a punch was thrown, because it would appear that with everyone that seems to know what happened there would so many eye witnesses that Warner wouldn't have had the room to even throw a punch.

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  • poms_have_short_memories on June 13, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    After reading literally hundred's of blogs on cricinfo regarding Warner's guilt, i have come to the conclusion not a punch was thrown, because it would appear that with everyone that seems to know what happened there would so many eye witnesses that Warner wouldn't have had the room to even throw a punch.

  • freo75 on June 13, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    As an England fan I hope he doesnt get sent home. He is in abysmal form. His lack of footwork will be easily exploited by Englands premier swing bowlers. Best of all, he has shown himself to lack any kind of self control and is going to be torn to shreds by the crowds a la M Johnson. Can't wait!

  • latecut_04 on June 13, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Verdict is quite predictable.He will be issues a 'severe' warning and may be imposed a monetary fine aswell.All signs lead to that.That is probably the reason for him being 12th man for the NZ match to carry drinks.Mickey has again got it wrong regarding punishment!!!!he should have been sent packing for Aus sake..this is going to be good news for Eng.....1 wicket already down throughout the summer...:)

  • Biggus on June 13, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    @poms_have_short_memories:-I guess the enquiry will decide on whether Warner did indeed throw a punch, and if he did he has to be dealt with severely. It matters not whether he connected or not, what matters is what might have happened. Remember David Hookes? We Australians, of all people, should remember how a moment of foolishness can lead to terrible consequences. At present, if the charges are proven, Warner has no place representing us and should be sent home and omitted from the Ashes until he decides how much he really wants to play for Australia.

  • jmcilhinney on June 13, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    I wonder what the reaction would have been had it been Stuart Broad who done the swinging at an Australian player. I'm quite sure that plenty of Australian fans and a fair contingent of neutrals too would have been baying for blood.

  • Tom_Bowler on June 13, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Don't send him home, please don't send him home.

    It's not only that he's a walking wicket, he's also the perfect new whipping boy for the crowds.

  • on June 13, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    So David Warner, how do you feel taking all those hundreds of thousands of dollars for your cricketing skill whilst us people in the country cricket scene have chook raffles, chocolate drives and beg for sponsorship in this tight economical environment. You deserve it you say? You fail to control yourself in public situations, my 17 year old son shows maturity well beyond your petulant actions and on top of all that you havent earned the respect of anyone in the greater cricketing public as yet. You want to be the tough guy leading the Aussies to victory after victory you had better become that on a cricket field before you try it anywhere else let alone pubs and bars. Give you a hot tip sport....come along to my local any night of the week and start throwing your weight around, men who work bloody hard for their families and future may just take exception to you and your overinflated ego....it may just be the reality check you need.

  • Lmaotsetung on June 13, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    What I don't understand is what does Joe Root trying to look like Hasim Amla have to do with setting Warner off into a fit of rage?

  • highveldhillbilly on June 13, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    @jmcilhinney "...reaction would have been had it been Stuart Broad who done the swinging...". Firstly everyone knows that Broad only swings it once every 10 to 15 games and considering he took wickets recently against the Kiwis I imagine that most people would be surprised that he get it swinging again so soon. On to your question the difference is that many neutrals dislike Broad intensely (I admit I am one of them) because of the behavior over a long period of time (much like KP). Most people don't really feel that strongly about Warner hence a different reaction.

  • on June 13, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    The right thing was done here. Warner was immediately stood down pending the results of an investigation. There is no conspiracy or double standard and the same procedure would have been followed for any player. Even if totally cleared he may sit out another match (likely a dead rubber), and if it was determined that he is substantially at fault who knows how severe the authorities will be? If they choose to make an example of him he could very well be sitting out for months. We just have to wait for the ruling.