Australian batsman David Warner was dropped for today’s Champions Trophy one-day match against New Zealand after he was alleged to have made an “unprovoked physical assault” on an English player.
Opening batsman Warner, who was last month fined A$5,750 ($5,478) for posting abusive comments on Twitter, was reported for “unbecoming behavior” after he was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with an England player after the teams’ June 8 Champions Trophy match in Birmingham, England, Cricket Australia said in a statement.
The England and Wales Cricket Board said the ‘unprovoked’’ assault occurred in a bar in Birmingham after England’s 48-run defeat of Australia. While the ECB didn’t identify the England player involved in its e-mailed statement, newspapers including the Evening Standard said it was batsman Joe Root.
“Warner has admitted behaving inappropriately and has since apologized to the player involved who has accepted the apology,” the ECB said. “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. ECB has concluded that this is a matter for Cricket Australia and have no further comment to make.”
The Australian governing body said it will convene a code of behavior hearing as soon as possible. Warner, who also is a member of Australia’s squad for the Ashes series, was previously found guilty of unbecoming behavior at a May 22 disciplinary hearing after posting abusive messages to journalists, some containing obscene language, on Twitter.
The 26-year-old has played 19 Tests for Australia, scoring 1,263 runs, including three centuries, at an average of 39.46.