David Warner is once again under scrutiny, this time for an off-field (reportedly alcohol-related) incident, and may be in trouble after Cricket Australia indicated that the matter is 'under investigation'. Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed that Australian batsman David Warner has been stood down from Australia's ICC Champions Trophy match against New Zealand tonight after being reported for breaching the CA Code of Behaviour, the board said on its website.
Warner has been reported for breaching Rule 6: Unbecoming Behaviour after he was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with an England player, 'heavily' reported to be England middle-order batsman Joe Root, in the early hours of Sunday morning following the ICC Champions Trophy match between the teams in Birmingham. (Read: England player accepts David Warner's apology)
"We are aware of reports regarding an incident involving David Warner in England. CA is investigating and will be commenting further soon," Cricket Australia tweeted after media reports suggested that Warner may have to return home.
Following a statement issued this morning by Cricket Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) too confirmed, via a media release, that 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.
In May this year, the Aussie opener was found guilty of breaching Cricket Australia's code of behaviour over a Twitter tirade at two journalists and fined Aus$5,750 (US$5,608).
Warner was called before the hearing after a heated social media tirade against two of the country's top cricket writers after he took exception to a story in Sydney's Daily Telegraph critical of the Indian Premier League.
After posting a tweet with expletives aimed at journalist Robert Craddock, urging him to "get a real job", Warner took issue with Craddock's News Ltd colleague Malcolm Conn in abusive tweets that sparked a back-and-forth exchange.
"While I disagreed with the story and my image being used alongside the story, I could have chosen my words better and I apologise for any offence that my language may have caused," Warner had then said.