Cricket: Warner facing uncertain future after Root attack

BIRMINGHAM, June 12, 2013 (AFP) – David Warner’s future as a member of the Australia tour party in England was in the balance following his bar-room attack on England’s Joe Root. Warner struggled against England, scoring only nine runs in 21 balls.

He also failed to score in warm-up games against India and West Indies.

In one-day internationals, Warner averages 29.81 from 38 innings, with a strike rate of 80.58.

In Tests, he has made three centuries and seven fifties in 19 appearances, averaging 39.46. Warner was dropped from title-holders Australia’s rain-marred no result Champions Trophy Group A match against New Zealand on Wednesday but carried drinks onto the field at Edgbaston as 12th man.

Earlier, Cricket Australia (CA) said opening batsman Warner had been reported for breaching its code of conduct relating to “unbecoming behaviour” after a “physical altercation” with an unnamed England player on Sunday.

This followed the two teams’ Champions Trophy match, which England won.

England captain Alastair Cook later on Wednesday confirmed the identity of the player involved as Yorkshire batsman Root.

Warner now faces a CA disciplinary hearing