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Warner apologised for his actions immediately after being found guilty
Australia opening batsman David Warner has been fined A$5750 (around US$5600) by Cricket Australia for his Twitter outburst against two News Limited journalists Robert Craddock and Malcolm Conn after Craddock published a piece criticising the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Warner was found guilty at his Code of Behaviour hearing and was hit with the maximum financial penalty for a first-time offence.
Warner immediately apologised for his actions after the hearing, saying: “In hindsight, clearly I let my frustrations get the better of me and posted some inappropriate tweets. While I disagreed with the story and my image being used alongside the story, I could have chosen my words better and I apologise for any offence that my language may have caused. I’ll continue to have honest conversations with all my followers and I will be mindful of the language I use in future.”
Despite receiving a fine for his Twitter tirade, Cricket Australia still see huge leadership potential in Warner and are highly considering making him the next captain of Australia once Michael Clarke decides to step down or retire.
“‘You never rule a line through someone in terms of their ultimate leadership potential in terms of a captain or vice-captain,” Cricket Australia chief executive, James Sutherland, said. “There are plenty of players in the past that have tripped themselves up and gone on to become fantastic leaders in Australian cricket and I’m sure David is one of those that could continue to step up as a leader even if he never gets a title.”
Clarke agreed with Sutherland’s views about Warner and added that no new law would be implemented to stop or limit Australian cricketers from communicating on social networking sites.
“The one thing I’ve been very disciplined about is allowing people to be themselves,” Clarke said. “At the end of the day we’re all old enough and wise enough to know what you are required to do as an Australian cricketer. There’s certainly been no talk of stopping players using social media, I think it’s a fantastic way to give back to fans.
“I think Davey has great potential to be a leader of the Australian cricket team. He’s a wonderful guy and wonderful player. He’s learnt from this … and if he continues to grow as he has over the last few years, there’s no reason why he hasn’t got the potential to captain Australia one day.”