MELBOURNE, 12 JUNE: Australian batsman David Warner (in afp photo) was today “stood down” from his team’s Champions Trophy Group A match against New Zealand for being allegedly involved in a physical confrontation with an England player, believed to be Joe Root.
“Warner has been stood down … after being reported for breaching the Cricket Australia code of behaviour,” CA said in a statement.
Warner has been reported for breaching Rule 6 relating to “unbecoming behaviour after he was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with an England player … early (on) Sunday morning following the Champions Trophy match between the teams in Birmingham. The incident reportedly took place in a Birmingham bar and involved alcohol after Australia (had) lost by 48 runs to England in their tournament-opener. (The) team management (has) stood down Warner pending the outcome of the hearing, meaning he will miss Australia’s match against New Zealand in Birmingham tonight,” CA said. CA will convene the code of behaviour hearing as soon as possible. Details will be provided once the time and the date are confirmed.
“CA will not be making any further comment until after the hearing,” it said. Warner, who had played for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, most recently hit the headlines after being fined 5,750 Australian dollars last month for breaching CA’s code of behaviour following his Twitter rant against a couple of journalists.
He subsequently apologised for it but insisted that he had been defending himself.
The England and Wales Cricket Board also came out with a statement on the incident, though without mentioning Root and insisting that Warner’s attack had been unprovoked.
“(The ECB) confirms that Warner initiated an unprovoked physical attack on a member of the England team in a Birmingham bar. Warner has admitted behaving inappropriately and has since apologised to the player involved who has accepted the apology. Following a full investigation, the England team management has concluded that the England player was in no way responsible for nor retaliated against the attack,” it said.