David Warner could face disciplinary action from Cricket Australia after apparently launching a Twitter attack on two of Australia's most senior cricket journalists.
Cricket Australia's general manager of team performance, Pat Howard, has attempted to make contact with Warner after the tirade emerged from Warner's Twitter account @davidwarner31 in the early hours of Saturday morning Indian time. Warner is currently in India for the IPL.
The outburst appeared to begin with Warner taking exception to a comment piece written by Robert Craddock which was printed in News Limited newspapers on Saturday in which he discussed the IPL and its problems. The following tweet appeared on Warner's Twitter account: "Shock me @crashcraddock1 talking s*** about ipl jealous p****. Get a real job. All you do is bag people. #getalife"
Craddock was then mentioned in a series of six bitter tweets and while Craddock did not respond on Twitter, his fellow News Limited journalist Malcolm Conn did. Conn wrote: "@davidwarner31 cricket is a real job? Please. Most people pay to play. Million dollar cricketers milking the IPL are hardly the best judges." Warner and Conn then engaged in a protracted Twitter discussion.
Cricket Australia said in a statement on Saturday: "Cricket Australia is aware of comments made on David Warner's twitter account overnight. Cricket Australia is attempting to contact Warner and will continue to investigate the matter. Cricket Australia will make further comment once it has conducted a thorough investigation."
Some of Saturday's tweets
Wow @crashcraddock1 some smart journo who thinks he can bringDown people. Well done CHAMP!!— David Warner (@davidwarner31) May 17, 2013
@malcolmconn keep writing paper talk trash for a living champ only thing you will ever do.— David Warner (@davidwarner31) May 17, 2013
@malcolmconn are you still talking you old fart, no wonder know one buys your paper.— David Warner (@davidwarner31) May 17, 2013
Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here