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“I believed I was doing the right thing by focusing on my training and batting, but in hindsight I should have played”
Australia opening batsman David Warner has found himself in hot water once again as he was handed a one-match suspension by New South Wales for ditching their limited overs match against Victoria in order to have a private coaching session and spend an afternoon at the races.
Following his meeting with New South Wales chief executive Andrew Jones, Warner was informed that he would have to represent Randwick Petersham in their next three grade matches.
Warner will also have to visit two other cricket clubs in Sydney to promote the state’s anti-drink driving sponsorship message.
After his meeting with Jones, Warner admitted that he made a stupid mistake by choosing not to represent New South Wales in their match against Victoria.
“I believed I was doing the right thing by focusing on my training and batting, but in hindsight I should have played,” Warner said. “I remain determined to score runs for NSW and Australia and am also looking forward to taking the field for Randy-Petes this round.”
Speaking about the punishment he imposed on Warner, Jones noted that no cricketer should be allowed to get away with missing matches for no reason at all.
“This has been an unfortunate episode,” Jones said. “Like most cricket fans, I and all at Cricket NSW would like nothing more than to see David Warner achieve his potential on and off the field. However, in order to do this David needs to ensure that he is doing the right things and working closely with the organisation in all areas. We believe the suspended sentence demonstrates our good faith and gives David the opportunity to prove his commitment to NSW’s fans and stakeholders, including the Grade clubs. We are hopeful that this is the last incident of this nature so that David and Cricket NSW can focus solely on cricket for the remainder of the season.”