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Warner axed over Birmingham bar brawl

David Warner left out of Australia squad over Birmingham bar altercation Photo: PA Wire

David Warner has been left out of Australia's Champions Trophy clash with New Zealand today for an alleged "physical altercation" with an England player. Although the England player has not officially been named, it is widely reported to be batsman Joe Root.

Warner had expected to play in the game at The Oval today against New Zealand but was left out after an incident took place following his side's opening game against England on Saturday at Edgbaston, which they lost by 48 runs.

Team management have stood down Warner pending the outcome of the hearing, meaning he will miss Australia's match against New Zealand in Birmingham."

Rule 6 states: Without limiting any other rule, players and officials must not at any time engage in behaviour unbecoming to a representative player or official that could (a) bring them or the game of cricket into disrepute or (b) be harmful to the interests of cricket."

– Cricket Australia Statement

The England and Wales Cricket Board responded to the statement from Australia saying their player has no case to answer.

...The England and Wales Cricket Board confirms that David Warner initiated an unprovoked physical attack on a member of the England team in a Birmingham bar following England's 48 run victory over Australia."

Warner has admitted behaving inappropriately and has since apologised to the player involved who has accepted the apology. Following a full investigation the England team management has concluded that the England player was in no way responsible for nor retaliated to the attack. ECB has concluded that this is a matter for Cricket Australia and have no further comment to make."

– England Cricket Board Statement

Warner was fined £3,700 last month following an outburst on twitter. He pleaded guilty to breaching conduct rules during an argument with journalists.

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