Australian batsman David Warner could be dropped from the national team following and alleged unprovoked attack on England star Joe Root last night.
It’s not often that cricket makes the headlines here in Ireland but it’s also not often that we see physical violence linked to the gentlemen’s game. Particularly when it’s between an Australian and English player with The Ashes coming just around the corner.
The incident is believed to have happened last night (Tuesday) at approximately 1.30am as Warner approached Root and punched him in what’s been described as an unprovoked attack. Since then, Warner has apologised to Root and now faces the verdict of a tough decision for the Austrlian selectors as to whether they send him home or not. He will be comforted by the fact that he is key to Australia’s chances of winning the tour.
The England and Welsh Cricket Board acknowledges Warners apology and commented: “Following a full investigation, the England team management has concluded that the England player was in no way responsible for nor retaliated to the attack.
“Warner has admitted behaving inappropriately and has since apologised to the player involved who has accepted the apology.
“ECB has concluded that this is a matter for Cricket Australia and have no further comment to make.”
This isn’t the first time that Warner has been in hot water following an online spat with Australian journalists Malcolm Conn and Robert Craddock, which led to the him being fined. This is yet another unwanted controversy for the Australian selectors following the “Homework-gate” affair last month and the English panel will be extremely keen to take advantage of the situation.