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It looks as if Warner will continue his part time job as a waterboy
Australia opening batsman David Warner has been slapped with A$11,500 fine and suspended till the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on July 10 for his bar brawl antics with England’s Joe Root.
With Warner serving a suspension till the start of the Ashes, it will be hard for him to prepare for the highly anticipated series and it could also pave the way for Shane Watson or Chris Rogers to replace him as Australia’s opener for the time being.
Warner was hit with his punishments at a Cricket Australia Code of Behaviour hearing via teleconference two weeks ago.
Warner’s fists of rage got him charged under rule six of the Code of Behaviour, which refers to “unbecoming behaviour”, for the second time in less than a month after he was fined for his verbal spat with two News Limited journalists via Twitter.
The incident occurred at the Walkabout bar in Birmingham on Sunday June 9 and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) branded Warner’s actions as “an unprovoked attack”.
There have been reports stating that Warner punched Root after he thought the Englishman was insulting South Africa’s Hashim Amla by wearing a fake beard, but according to team officials within the England camp, Root was making fun of himself and the fact that his team-mates had taunted him for being too young to grow facial hair.
While the altercation allowed the press in Australia and England to have a field day, Australia skipper George Bailey noted that the incident was “very minor” and had “been dealt with in-house”.
Warner was also reprimanded in January after showing disrespect towards an umpire during an ODI match against Sri Lanka.
If Warner’s numbers don’t improve this year, he may be forced to turn his fists on himself as he is only averaging 28 in Test matches this year and a dismal 20.75 in ODIs.
Warner’s poor behaviour and lack of runs makes it likely for him to be dropped for the first Ashes Test, especially given the fact that Rogers is currently leading the England county league in number of runs scored with 790 in eight matches at an outstanding average of 65.83.
Watson could also occupy the temporarily vacant opening spot, which could finally see him score some runs this year after having failed with the bat when coming in down the order.
Australia now play no tour matches until they square off against Sussex in the lead-up to the third Ashes Test and this could be the first time Warner plays a match in Australia’s Ashes campaign if he happens to be overlooked for the first two Tests.