Cricket: Warner fined for attack on Joe as England lose

Joe Root in action during the ICC Champions Trophy match at The Kia Oval yesterday. Pic: Stephen Pond/PA Wire.
Joe Root in action during the ICC Champions Trophy match at The Kia Oval yesterday. Pic: Stephen Pond/PA Wire.
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Australia batsman David Warner’s attack on Joe Root has cost him a £7,000 fine and suspension until the first Ashes Test.

Warner pleaded guilty at a hearing yesterday to breaching Cricket Australia’s code of behaviour during the incident, which occurred in Birmingham’s Walkabout theme pub in the early hours of Sunday morning following England’s 48-run win over their old rivals at Edgbaston.

It means Warner, who threw a punch at Root, is banned for the rest of the Champions Trophy and both Ashes warm-up games. He will be available for the Trent Bridges Ashes opener on July 10 but seems unlikely to figure due to no competitive cricket beforehand.

A statement after the hearing - headed by Justice Gordon Lewis, CA’s senior code of behaviour commissioner - read: “David Warner has been suspended for the remainder of the ICC Champions Trophy campaign and the two tour matches before the first Ashes Test and fined A$11,500 (£7,000) for breaching the CA Code of Behaviour.

He pleaded guilty to breaching Rule 6: Unbecoming Behaviour.”

Meanwhile, Root got a great welcome from the Oval crowd when he walked out to bat in the ICC Champions Trophy clash against Sri Lanka yesterday. And he showed no mental scars from all the publicity the incident engendered when he struck a fine half-century off 53 balls before going on to make 68 off 55 balls in England’s 293-7 with Ravi Bopara taking 28 off the final over including three sixes and two fours.

However, England’s hopes hang in the balance after a regal century from Kumar Sangakkara and some mighty blows by Nuwan Kulasekara powered Sri Lanka to a seven-wicket victory with 17 balls to spare.

Sangakkara finished with 134 not out in 135 balls and found late support from pinch-hitter Nuwan Kulasekara, who belied an average of just 16 to make an explosive unbeaten 58.

England may now need to win their final Group A match against New Zealand on Sunday to reach the semi-finals, but current weather forecasts are unsettled.