South Africa A v Aus A, 1st unofficial Test, Pretoria, 4th day July 27, 2013

Warner altercation overshadows tame draw

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Australia A 474 for 5 dec (Warner 193, Maxwell 155*) and 254 for 6 (Finch 88) drew with South Africa A 614 for 7 dec (Elgar 268, Tsolekile 159)
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David Warner was again gaining attention for the wrong reasons as he found himself in yet another heated altercation, this time with South Africa A's wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile. Warner got into a war of words with Tsolekile during the final day's play, with the pair having to be separated by South Africa A's Vaughn van Jaarsveld, and the umpires having to intervene.

Warner, however, termed the incident "friendly banter" as he took to Twitter after the match: "Great to be back playing cricket, had lots of fun this week and a bit of friendly banter from the wicket keeper. Was very funny!!"

With Australia currently embroiled in an Ashes series, Warner had been sent on Australia A's tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe with a focus on gaining meaningful match practice for the longer format, as he was suspended from playing the warm-ups leading up to the first Test following his altercation with Joe Root during the Champions Trophy. Only two days ago, Warner had admitted he needed a "kick up the bum" after that incident.

That was not the first time Warner had been in the news for the wrong reasons this summer. In May, he was involved in a heated Twitter exchange with Australian journalists Malcolm Conn and Robert Craddock, for which he later issued a public apology, and was subsequently fined AUD $5750 (US $5600) by Cricket Australia for his indiscretions.

The game itself ended in the draw that always looked likely. Australia A began the fourth day's play with a 28-run partnership between openers Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh. Once Marsh departed for 11, Alex Doolan came in, with the pair putting on 105 runs for the second wicket. Doolan was later dismissed leg before by Kyle Abbott for 38. Warner came in at No. 4 and, fresh from his 193 in the first innings, struck six boundaries before being caught behind, ironically, by Tsolekile off Beuran Hendricks for 33.

Wickets fell at regular intervals for the Australians, but the efforts of Finch (88), Doolan, and Warner ensured they batted out enough time to hold on to a draw in the first unofficial Test between these sides. Both teams will have a three-day break before they resume battle in the second unofficial Test in Rustenburg on July 31.

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  • Greatest_Game on July 27, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    A web search for "warner tsolekile" produced 31 500 results in .23 seconds. That's a big microscope. If Warner is, as Gary Hansell writes, "under the microscope for the wrong reasons," then what are the reasons for him being under THIS microscope? This is the "Warner's Bad Behavior" microscope, not the "Warner's Bad Batting" microscope. No one hacked his twitter account to post obscenity filled tweets, & he did not swing (& miss) in defense against Root. The severity & scope of Cricket Australia's response to his behavior built THIS microscope.

    Face it, 1 big innings against a 6th string attack on a road that saw 1342 runs, (23 less than Aus' last 6 test inns,) does not suddenly make Warner's batting irresistible fodder for the press! This match saw 79 more runs than his 34 test innings, 209 more than his 38 ODI innings, & 136 more than his 44 T20 innings, & THAT is the "Warner's Bad Batting" microscope! Unfortunately, under both behavior & batting lenses, Davey is not looking good!

  • Marktc on July 30, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Warner, being an international cricketer, should realise that a certain amount of responsibility rests with him in terms of behaviour and when he does wrong, he gets branded and further transgressions are highlighted. Having said that, on field incidents are what makes cricket, well, cricket. I think that we have learnt a lot from the SA A performance. This is why I honestly think they need to keep this team playing as much as they can.

  • FlashAsh on July 29, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    All this supposition about how great Warner is!! I don't care how good he is! He's lucky to be walking around, if he'd been any ordinary person he'd have been arrested and cautioned for assault! So please give me a break when it comes to media microscope etc!!

    Best bit is Oz are afraid to call him back to Ashes! Just think of the sledging he'd get from Swann, Jimmy and Broad?? That would soon test his temperment and any failure then would mean an end to his career.

    So bring him on!

  • BellCurve on July 29, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    @ Greatest_Game - Your analysis is a bit one-sided. Warner has played 19 Tests, most of these matches against good opposition. He averages 39.46 and has a SR of 68. If you combine that with his excellent fielding he is a very valuable player. Also, to put things in perspective, did you know that Australia's top order (1-7), excluding Warner, Ponting, Clarke and Hussey, averaged a mere 27 during these matches. Also remember that this is the start of Warner's career. He is 26 years old. During the next 9 years he will be at his peak. There simply isn't anyone better in Australia at the moment (other than Clarke).

  • gimme-a-greentop on July 29, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    @ Greatest Game...you have a point about the pitch being a road but "6th string attack" is surely taking the hyperbole a bit too far. This is the back up attack to the best bowling unit in the world, in Test cricket anyway (that statement is based on rankings not national pride - our ODI side is not good at the moment). Abbott and De Lange are both going to play a lot more cricket for the senior side. Abbott also destroyed Pakistan in his first Test, although I suppose one might argue that they don't have the strongest batting line-up. The point is, give Warner a little credit for his innings...

  • on July 29, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    Jacob Romani-Phillips: Katich has retired from First Class cricket in Australia, and is thus unavailable to be selected anyway. Yes, it seems silly since he is still playing First Class cricket in England but that's the way it works, however silly it may seem.

  • TheBigBoodha on July 28, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Welcome to assassination by media. The one eye witness report I have read described the incident as so insignificant that he was shocked anyone bothered to mention it. It lasted a second or two, with the SA guy quickly being moved away by a team mate - so clearly he was the one who was the aggressor.

    Nice to see though how the haters come out in force to project their rage over the beat up. That's quite an irony, don't you think?

  • brusselslion on July 28, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    The fact of the matter is that, rightly or wrongly, Warner is under the media icroscope. Given this, he is likely to be provoked by opponents. Surely, if he had any sense, when this happens, he'd take a few deep breathes and smile at his tormenter not face him down.

  • wickedballs on July 28, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    The reaction to my posting was expected as national identity usually prevails. When describing Bell's contribution it was in awe of his ability in comparison to all and sundry in both teams in these matches. His efforts were herculean in comparison to the more recognised stars, more importantly his performance allowed others to play their part and contribute to wins. I am still amazed that his own countrymen (comments on Cric Info for example) have not recognized the same, therein lays the true recognition of the quality of the team. The continual scrutiny on Warner's every move, I find nausea. To find means to justify nearly daily publication of any mistomenia this player may commit is obsessive and boarders on muck racking. The idea that 31,000 hits on different blogs (relating to his name), somehow identifies guilt by association is somewhat crude.

  • leave_it_to_the_umps on July 28, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    come on cricinfo - this is not good reporting - if you read reports from other multiple media outlets the facts are that Tsolekile instigated the confrontation and it was Tsolekile that had to be dragged away from Warner all because of something that Warner said 24 hrs earlier. This article should be about Tsolekile and his issues as he dwelled on something for 24hrs and then actively targeted Warner the next day and then had to be physically restrained when he went to far! Fair enough Warner has been in the news quite a bit and this makes a better headline but i dont think it is fair to produce such a onesided article that is clearly designed to further inflame Warners situation. This kind of reporting could lead to Warner not getting picked because of his "indiscretions" when given the current Australian batting form I dont think the team can afford to not pick the best available side based on actual form! Very disappointed in Cricinfo!!

  • Greatest_Game on July 27, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    A web search for "warner tsolekile" produced 31 500 results in .23 seconds. That's a big microscope. If Warner is, as Gary Hansell writes, "under the microscope for the wrong reasons," then what are the reasons for him being under THIS microscope? This is the "Warner's Bad Behavior" microscope, not the "Warner's Bad Batting" microscope. No one hacked his twitter account to post obscenity filled tweets, & he did not swing (& miss) in defense against Root. The severity & scope of Cricket Australia's response to his behavior built THIS microscope.

    Face it, 1 big innings against a 6th string attack on a road that saw 1342 runs, (23 less than Aus' last 6 test inns,) does not suddenly make Warner's batting irresistible fodder for the press! This match saw 79 more runs than his 34 test innings, 209 more than his 38 ODI innings, & 136 more than his 44 T20 innings, & THAT is the "Warner's Bad Batting" microscope! Unfortunately, under both behavior & batting lenses, Davey is not looking good!

  • Marktc on July 30, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Warner, being an international cricketer, should realise that a certain amount of responsibility rests with him in terms of behaviour and when he does wrong, he gets branded and further transgressions are highlighted. Having said that, on field incidents are what makes cricket, well, cricket. I think that we have learnt a lot from the SA A performance. This is why I honestly think they need to keep this team playing as much as they can.

  • FlashAsh on July 29, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    All this supposition about how great Warner is!! I don't care how good he is! He's lucky to be walking around, if he'd been any ordinary person he'd have been arrested and cautioned for assault! So please give me a break when it comes to media microscope etc!!

    Best bit is Oz are afraid to call him back to Ashes! Just think of the sledging he'd get from Swann, Jimmy and Broad?? That would soon test his temperment and any failure then would mean an end to his career.

    So bring him on!

  • BellCurve on July 29, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    @ Greatest_Game - Your analysis is a bit one-sided. Warner has played 19 Tests, most of these matches against good opposition. He averages 39.46 and has a SR of 68. If you combine that with his excellent fielding he is a very valuable player. Also, to put things in perspective, did you know that Australia's top order (1-7), excluding Warner, Ponting, Clarke and Hussey, averaged a mere 27 during these matches. Also remember that this is the start of Warner's career. He is 26 years old. During the next 9 years he will be at his peak. There simply isn't anyone better in Australia at the moment (other than Clarke).

  • gimme-a-greentop on July 29, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    @ Greatest Game...you have a point about the pitch being a road but "6th string attack" is surely taking the hyperbole a bit too far. This is the back up attack to the best bowling unit in the world, in Test cricket anyway (that statement is based on rankings not national pride - our ODI side is not good at the moment). Abbott and De Lange are both going to play a lot more cricket for the senior side. Abbott also destroyed Pakistan in his first Test, although I suppose one might argue that they don't have the strongest batting line-up. The point is, give Warner a little credit for his innings...

  • on July 29, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    Jacob Romani-Phillips: Katich has retired from First Class cricket in Australia, and is thus unavailable to be selected anyway. Yes, it seems silly since he is still playing First Class cricket in England but that's the way it works, however silly it may seem.

  • TheBigBoodha on July 28, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Welcome to assassination by media. The one eye witness report I have read described the incident as so insignificant that he was shocked anyone bothered to mention it. It lasted a second or two, with the SA guy quickly being moved away by a team mate - so clearly he was the one who was the aggressor.

    Nice to see though how the haters come out in force to project their rage over the beat up. That's quite an irony, don't you think?

  • brusselslion on July 28, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    The fact of the matter is that, rightly or wrongly, Warner is under the media icroscope. Given this, he is likely to be provoked by opponents. Surely, if he had any sense, when this happens, he'd take a few deep breathes and smile at his tormenter not face him down.

  • wickedballs on July 28, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    The reaction to my posting was expected as national identity usually prevails. When describing Bell's contribution it was in awe of his ability in comparison to all and sundry in both teams in these matches. His efforts were herculean in comparison to the more recognised stars, more importantly his performance allowed others to play their part and contribute to wins. I am still amazed that his own countrymen (comments on Cric Info for example) have not recognized the same, therein lays the true recognition of the quality of the team. The continual scrutiny on Warner's every move, I find nausea. To find means to justify nearly daily publication of any mistomenia this player may commit is obsessive and boarders on muck racking. The idea that 31,000 hits on different blogs (relating to his name), somehow identifies guilt by association is somewhat crude.

  • leave_it_to_the_umps on July 28, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    come on cricinfo - this is not good reporting - if you read reports from other multiple media outlets the facts are that Tsolekile instigated the confrontation and it was Tsolekile that had to be dragged away from Warner all because of something that Warner said 24 hrs earlier. This article should be about Tsolekile and his issues as he dwelled on something for 24hrs and then actively targeted Warner the next day and then had to be physically restrained when he went to far! Fair enough Warner has been in the news quite a bit and this makes a better headline but i dont think it is fair to produce such a onesided article that is clearly designed to further inflame Warners situation. This kind of reporting could lead to Warner not getting picked because of his "indiscretions" when given the current Australian batting form I dont think the team can afford to not pick the best available side based on actual form! Very disappointed in Cricinfo!!

  • KARNAWAT33 on July 28, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    You guys can criticize him all you want. But David Warner is the man who plays the game with utmost passion for his country. Yes, he has made mistakes in the past, which I think he is learning from. David Warner is better than Ed Cowan and Philip Hughes put together, he is devastating at the top if he gets going, he allows Watson to shift opening roles with him and I think he can get a lot mature playing with Rogers at the top. Plus, the two lefty combination might prove bit more troublesome for England rather than the left-right. Runs are runs, wherever you get them, I'd like to go to the Indian fans over here, their team might be trashing Zimbabwe, but they would consider it as an AWAY series win and later argues (after the South Africa tour) that their side can play abroad. They will defend Dhawan's inclusion in the side by portraying these number THEN, so c'mon people, time to support your team come-what-may, like the Indians.

  • CityGent on July 28, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    If Australia's 'saviour' is a bloke who averages 38, and has questionable temperament on and off the field, then it shows what a bad state they're in. Can't see Jimmy Anderson losing too much sleep over his inclusion.

  • on July 28, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    And I suppose Tsolelike was completely innocent here and thats why his team mate had to drag him away.

    Its not a game of mixed netball out there.

  • Biggus on July 28, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Yep Dave, you sure are a lot more mature now.

  • on July 28, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    One good innings on a pitch which produced over 1200 runs in 3 innings against a second-rate side and Warner is considered almost a certainty for the third test. Meanwhile Katich scores a wealth of runs throughout the county season and still has not been selected. Shows where the selectors heads are at.

  • Gregg22 on July 28, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Of course the media are going to focus on Warner's every move. It's to be expected. There really wasn't much else to report from this run fest. I'm Happy for Elgar. He's definitely a good player. That being said, it was a slab of cement(judging by the scores) they were playing on. I'd still prefer Duminy though. With all that said, i'm happy that they are gonna be playing 5 minutes from my house next week :) , so will look to show my support and catch up with a few mates. Hope there are more than 5 people in the stadium.

  • din7 on July 28, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    what wrong reasons? it happens all the time...onfield altercation happens all the time.. its nothin serious...dont know why cricinfo is givin so much..aussies certainly need him if he has got his confidence back it would be great..its not abt scorin runs in flat conditions..its just some time when u dont get runs u lose on confidence and his 193 would certainly given hin a lot of confidence.. so plz aussies take him in the side...it hardly matters if he fails...what others are doin?

  • simon_w on July 28, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    the umpires had to intervene, and Warner and Tsolekile had to be separated by Vaughn van Jaarsveld... doesn't sound like an "average on-field sledge" to me... Sarfin's freudian slip might be close to bang-on, though: as far as Warner is concerned, this does seem like "a regular indecent [sic!]".

  • on July 28, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    i dont think CA will consider "this war of words with Tsolekile during the final day's play". Australia needs him and his experience.

  • on July 28, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    "unofficial Test" I think its about time that the ICC creates a new category, "Test A" matches. These should be matches between two A sides, an A side & an associate side or two associate sides. Test A matches should be scheduled for at least three days to qualify. The ICC should backtrack previous matches that fit these definitions and start a new category. After all its unfair that Test A matches are classified as only domestic games!

  • Jeremy303 on July 28, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    Warner has made himself a sledging target for opposing teams. It's just too easy to get under his skin and unsettle him. Even a kid like Joe Root was able to get him riled up. He'll be back in the side, but not for the 3rd test ,not with the flights and short turn around before the match. I think he'll be in for the fourth for either Khawaja or Hughes.

  • gregjones on July 28, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    This man Warner has got serious problems.What anybody have got to say about his so called "talents", he should first learn how to behave. Just don't know why everybody are so obsessed with this ordinary player.He possesses the ability to turn a match but only at an average of 1 in 12 or 15 matches. Such inconsistent players would be found aplenty in Australia.He is the version of the current Sehwag. Atleast Sehwag used to be consistent when he was in form years ago.What did Mr. Warner do in the series in India?? And to top that he broke all code of conducts by firstly abusing an Aussie journalist only because Mr. Warner loves IPL and then physically attacked an opposition player which is unacceptable. Mr. Warner should thank his stars that he is not banned for a year or two from all forms of cricket. And if Warner puts IPL which has spoilt world cricket, over all other forms of cricket then let him go and file for Indian citizenship and stay in India and not miss a single match in IPL.

  • landl47 on July 28, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    I see it hasn't taken Warner long to prove that he hasn't learned anything- but did anyone seriously think that he would?

  • dunger.bob on July 28, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    Warner has to get it into his thick head that he is now a marked man. He's going to cop a lot of chat from the opposition because they know he's quick to arc up. .. he may be the first man (that I know of) to get sent off in a Test match for "conduct unbecoming".

    Wake up Dave. .. Calm Blue Ocean is the way to go for a while now.

  • jmcilhinney on July 28, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    @Gary Hansell on (July 27, 2013, 18:57 GMT), just to keep things in perspective, if it wasn't for an outstanding innings from Ashton Agar that could have easily ended on 6 then Australia would have lost heavily in the first game and Phil Hughes wouldn't even have one good score to his name during the series.

  • jmcilhinney on July 28, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    Having read the first few comments it seems that people think this is no big deal and, in and of itself, I would agree but, as part of a larger pattern of behaviour, it is more worrying. It's not every day on a cricket field that two players get into an argument that requires them to be separated by another player. "Friendly banter" doesn't require intervention by a third party. Even if it was an argument, it's still not necessarily a big deal but, given that Warner has had behavioural issues before and must know that the spotlight is on him, he still got embroiled in this incident even though he just recently claimed to have suddenly become more mature. This incident shows that he is no more mature than before and is just as likely to lose control of his emotions and indulge in inappropriate behaviour as he ever was. If he can't control himself when he knows for a fact that his getting back into the Test team is on the line, imagine how bad he could be if he felt his place was secure.

  • TATTUs on July 28, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    Please dont destroy this guys career too. Yes he has made a mistake and he is trying to come up. But the more you nitpick on him the more will he go down. Something similar is happening with Jessy Ryder. Too much of fault finding and the guy will go crazy.

  • Lach-Ferragh on July 28, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    Give this guy a break?! Any guy who sledges but needs to held apart by other players and is known to be a disciplinary case deserves to be placed under the spotlight and scrutinised.

    Cricket needs characters in the game. What it certainly doesn't want are thugs ruining it.

    But, that's Aussie cricketers for you.

  • Greatest_Game on July 28, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    @ Sarfin. When you wrote, "This is nothing serious. A regular indecent," are you saying that this confrontation was business as usual for Warner, and that he is regularly indecent? If so, how is this not serious? Perhaps occasional indecency might be considered "nothing serious," but the line has to be drawn somewhere, and regular indecency is considered by most as serious! I have read numerous accounts of Warner's particularly foul and viscous sledging, so I have to agree that your description of his clash with Tsolekile as a 'David Warner regular indecent' is a pretty good characterisation of what seems to be his typical on-field (& increasingly off-field) behavior. I just don't understand why you think it is not serious?

  • Barnesy4444 on July 28, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    Take his phone off of him. Ban him from Twitter. What would Border think of Twitter I wonder? Smith didn't bowl in the tour game so it's his batting he is being judged on That big whoosh when the Aussies were trying to save the test was terrible. Warner in, Smith out.

  • pompeyinOz on July 27, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    Gary, Gary, Gary, I'm guessing you're a good old fashioned one eyed Aussie? "if it was not for two outstanding innings from Ian Bell". We've forgotten Roots 180, Trott, Bairstows, Broads, Cooks and Pietersons half centuries, Swans 9 for, Andersons 10 for, Bresnans nightwatchman cameo. God forbid how much we'll beat you by when the whole team fires. For perspective, have a look at how many times your bottom 4 have out scored your top 4 in the 4 innings to date. Scary! I reckon Andy Flower rang the South African A coach and asked if they could bowl some pies at Warner to get him back in the test team

  • Shongololo on July 27, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    Just to keep things in perspective, Gary Hansell, if, if, if. Face up to it, Australian cricket is currently very ordinary. The tide will turn, for sure, but right now, Australia is rubbish.

  • shahbazhussain on July 27, 2013, 23:49 GMT

    Well i think Aussies are now taking every small thing very seriously. I dont know why they are behaving this way? I mean these were the guys who hammered india in home, and then they were hammered by india in indian soil. Since that hammering Aussies are under gallilio's telescope, CA watching every move and unable to accept the defeat as they were outclassed by classy indians. Now they are being badly beaten by England because CA's is not behaving the way it was doing from 1999-2011 when they were champs. I think CA should come back to the practice which they have forgotten since WC-2011 QF defeat. Instead of supporting their players CA is demoralizing them which is costing them a lot. I hope they will soon find it. I dont know why the boards are eager to hire psychologists for the players why not the recruit one for themselves? They need some mental treatment not the players. I bet there is something wrong in CA itself. Players are really very good by nature, by their game plan...

  • Sunil_Batra on July 27, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    Wonder if this incident will mean that Hughes can keep his spot for one more match or will Warner replace Hughes, only time will tell

  • Teachers on July 27, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    Warner is nothing other than a talented one day batsman who has an aggressive nature. His aggression accompanies him to the pub, the wicket, and probably other aspects of his life that we are not privy to. Not everybody on the field will sledge, most go about concentrating on their own skills rather than focusing on putting off the other player off his game by verbal abuse that would not be tolerated in the work place or in public. That this behavior is encouraged by statements like 'in your face', 'has a bit of spirit', 'take it to the other player' is only indicative of what some players need to do when they do not have sufficient skills. Let us not be fooled by Warner's statement 'I think I'm a bit more mature now'. He is not mature enough to wear the green and gold with the pride and behavior of some of our greatest players.

  • vedichitesh on July 27, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    One should realize that media is everywhere.... when you do good they make you popular and you reap millions.... Once you are a public figure you get great benefits and perks..... But Media is very cruel too it will get back to you if you falter... one needs to be careful..... Sportsmen are idolized by many and they have to behave responsibly..... Lara, Waugh, Tendulkar, Dravid, Border, Richards, Imran, Wasim, Kallis, Smith..... the list is long of examples of great cricketers without any banter.... Warner should learn to be responsible and control his anger.....

  • barrick on July 27, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    @gtr800 - I'd have thought that the problem would be more that this incident, along with those involving Malcolm Conn and Joe Root, prove that Warner is incapable of keeping his cool when provoked. What's worse, for him, is that he keeps providing people with ammunition to fire at him.

    It looks as though we may have more bowler-friendly conditions, certainly at the start of the Test, and I cannot see Warner dealing with tight, economical swing bowling and a barrage of 'mental disintegration' in a calm and languid way. Were I Australian, I think I'd prefer a quick 40 and a used review from Watson.

    For the sake of the series, if he does play, I hope I am wrong and he can contribute to a competitive top-order total from Australia, but I'll not be rushing to put any money on it.

  • Sarfin on July 27, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    This is nothing serious. A regular indecent. I don't think it would even make the news if someone else (except Kohli) were involved. Not a big fan of him, but feeling sorry for the unwanted and unbearable treatment he is receiving.

  • gtr800 on July 27, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    To be fair to warner, I think this is overhyped by the media. It's just your average on-field sledge- this surely cannot be the basis for him not being played in the next 3 tests.

  • on July 27, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Get him on the plane back to the real action! For god sake is this all crick info can report! Keeping up a campaign to place a person under the microscope for the wrong reasons. Just to keep things in perspective if it was not for two outstanding innings from Ian Bell and the flow on from his efforts, the Aussies would not be behind in this series.

  • xylo on July 27, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Good on Warner! If not for his behavior, he might make it to the test team on the basis of his perf on a flat lifeless pitch.

  • Narbavi on July 27, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Give that guy a break, hope it wasn't a serious one, Australia need his services for the third test!!

  • Narbavi on July 27, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Give that guy a break, hope it wasn't a serious one, Australia need his services for the third test!!

  • xylo on July 27, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Good on Warner! If not for his behavior, he might make it to the test team on the basis of his perf on a flat lifeless pitch.

  • on July 27, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Get him on the plane back to the real action! For god sake is this all crick info can report! Keeping up a campaign to place a person under the microscope for the wrong reasons. Just to keep things in perspective if it was not for two outstanding innings from Ian Bell and the flow on from his efforts, the Aussies would not be behind in this series.

  • gtr800 on July 27, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    To be fair to warner, I think this is overhyped by the media. It's just your average on-field sledge- this surely cannot be the basis for him not being played in the next 3 tests.

  • Sarfin on July 27, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    This is nothing serious. A regular indecent. I don't think it would even make the news if someone else (except Kohli) were involved. Not a big fan of him, but feeling sorry for the unwanted and unbearable treatment he is receiving.

  • barrick on July 27, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    @gtr800 - I'd have thought that the problem would be more that this incident, along with those involving Malcolm Conn and Joe Root, prove that Warner is incapable of keeping his cool when provoked. What's worse, for him, is that he keeps providing people with ammunition to fire at him.

    It looks as though we may have more bowler-friendly conditions, certainly at the start of the Test, and I cannot see Warner dealing with tight, economical swing bowling and a barrage of 'mental disintegration' in a calm and languid way. Were I Australian, I think I'd prefer a quick 40 and a used review from Watson.

    For the sake of the series, if he does play, I hope I am wrong and he can contribute to a competitive top-order total from Australia, but I'll not be rushing to put any money on it.

  • vedichitesh on July 27, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    One should realize that media is everywhere.... when you do good they make you popular and you reap millions.... Once you are a public figure you get great benefits and perks..... But Media is very cruel too it will get back to you if you falter... one needs to be careful..... Sportsmen are idolized by many and they have to behave responsibly..... Lara, Waugh, Tendulkar, Dravid, Border, Richards, Imran, Wasim, Kallis, Smith..... the list is long of examples of great cricketers without any banter.... Warner should learn to be responsible and control his anger.....

  • Teachers on July 27, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    Warner is nothing other than a talented one day batsman who has an aggressive nature. His aggression accompanies him to the pub, the wicket, and probably other aspects of his life that we are not privy to. Not everybody on the field will sledge, most go about concentrating on their own skills rather than focusing on putting off the other player off his game by verbal abuse that would not be tolerated in the work place or in public. That this behavior is encouraged by statements like 'in your face', 'has a bit of spirit', 'take it to the other player' is only indicative of what some players need to do when they do not have sufficient skills. Let us not be fooled by Warner's statement 'I think I'm a bit more mature now'. He is not mature enough to wear the green and gold with the pride and behavior of some of our greatest players.

  • Sunil_Batra on July 27, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    Wonder if this incident will mean that Hughes can keep his spot for one more match or will Warner replace Hughes, only time will tell

  • shahbazhussain on July 27, 2013, 23:49 GMT

    Well i think Aussies are now taking every small thing very seriously. I dont know why they are behaving this way? I mean these were the guys who hammered india in home, and then they were hammered by india in indian soil. Since that hammering Aussies are under gallilio's telescope, CA watching every move and unable to accept the defeat as they were outclassed by classy indians. Now they are being badly beaten by England because CA's is not behaving the way it was doing from 1999-2011 when they were champs. I think CA should come back to the practice which they have forgotten since WC-2011 QF defeat. Instead of supporting their players CA is demoralizing them which is costing them a lot. I hope they will soon find it. I dont know why the boards are eager to hire psychologists for the players why not the recruit one for themselves? They need some mental treatment not the players. I bet there is something wrong in CA itself. Players are really very good by nature, by their game plan...