BATSMAN David Warner is being investigated by Cricket Australia after an “unprovoked physical attack” on an England player - believed to be Joe Root.
The incident took place in a Birmingham bar in the aftermath of England’s 48-run win over Australia at Edgbaston.
Warner was stood down from today’s Champions Trophy match as a result, with the England and Wales Cricket Board confirming that he had “admitted behaving inappropriately and has since apologised to the player involved”.
The ECB also stated that their player, who remains officially un-named, was in no way culpable for the incident and did not retaliate.
Warner has been charged with breaching Rule 6 of Cricket Australia’s Code of Behaviour, relating to ‘unbecoming behaviour’.
His place on the forthcoming Ashes tour is now in serious doubt and the 26-year-old will be waiting with bated breath over any disciplinary action.
The incident continues a difficult time for Warner, who was last month fined 5,750 Australian dollars (£3,700) following an outburst on Twitter.
Warner was given the maximum available fine after he pleaded guilty to breaching rule 6 of the code of conduct over an argument with journalists Robert Craddock and Malcolm Conn.
Warner took exception after his photograph was used alongside an article by Craddock which described the IPL as a “smouldering cesspit” and “the sunniest of places for the shadiest people” before questioning the integrity of the competition in the wake of the latest spot-fixing scandal.
Warner referred to Craddock as a “p***k” on Twitter and said both writers “talk s***”.
Warner later apologised for his language and discussed the issue in person with Conn, who had tweeted: “You lose 4-0 in India, don’t make a run, and you want to be tickled on the tummy? Win the Ashes and get back to me.”
Warner’s Twitter conduct this week has been significantly less inflammatory, with the left-hander unexpectedly writing about his fondness for turtles, birds and mountains.
Just yesterday he replied to a fan’s question about his favourite part of being a cricketer with the answer ‘being able to smile after failing’.
How long that smile remains could depend on the findings of CA’s disciplinary officers.