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Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe believes that Australia opener David Warner’s “thuggish behaviour has gone too far”.
Crowe’s comments come after Warner was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for verbally abusing India batsman Rohit Sharma.
“Watching from the luxury of my couch and after hearing numerous accounts from respected cricket people, there is a growing concern that David Warner’s thuggish behaviour has gone too far,” Crowe wrote in his column for ESPNcricinfo. “Soon one day it will lead to an incident that will sully the game for good.
“Before things escalate the ICC needs to arm the officials with everything possible to stop the idiots who are ruining our enjoyment of the game. My concern in the immediate future will be that Warner will be in the centre of an ugly on-field fight during the upcoming World Cup.
“Let’s demand that if any cricketer gets two yellow cards during a six-month period then they are out for six months following. It’s the only way to kill a hornet’s nest and get this game back in a groove of respect.
“Warner can play, but he is the most juvenile cricketer I have seen on a cricket field. I don’t care how good he is: if he continues to show all those watching that he doesn’t care, he must be removed, either by Cricket Australia or definitely by the world governing body.”