BIRMINGHAM: Australia’s David Warner has been suspended until the start of the Ashes series and fined after attacking England’s Joe Root in a bar, Cricket Australia (CA) announced yesterday.
Warner will now miss the rest of title-holders Australia’s involvement in the Champions Trophy, starting with their final group game against Sri Lanka at London’s Oval ground on Monday and their two warm-up matches ahead of the Ashes.
However, he will be available for the first Ashes Test against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, which starts on July 10.
The 26-year-old Warner was dropped for Wednesday’s no-result match against New Zealand, although he appeared as 12th man, after the incident at an Australian theme pub in the central English city of Birmingham at the weekend.
CA said Warner had been reported for breaching its code of conduct relating to ‘unbecoming behaviour’ after England complained of an ‘unprovoked physical attack’ on batsman Root in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The latest spat involving Warner came barely three weeks after he was fined Aus$5,750 over an expletive-ridden Twitter tirade at two Australian journalists.
The incident with Root came after England’s comfortable opening 48-run Champions Trophy victory over Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday.
In a statement issued after yesterday’s teleconference disciplinary hearing, chaired by Justice Gordon Lewis, CA’s Senior Code of Behaviour commissioner, the governing body said, “The CA advises that David Warner has been suspended and fined for breaching the Cricket Australia Code of 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.”
It is understood that Warner aimed a punch at 22-year-old Root, reported by British media to have been wearing a fancy dress wig, before later apologising.
Root suffered no physical injuries and was included in the England team that played Sri Lanka yesterday.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2013.