Australia batsman David Warner was dropped for the country’s Champions Trophy match against New Zealand Wednesday, Cricket Australia said, after a bar-room attack on England’s Joe Root.
Cricket Australia said the player had been reported for breaching its code of conduct relating to “unbecoming behavior” after a “physical altercation” with an unnamed player after the two teams’ Champions Trophy Sunday.
England captain Alastair Cook later confirmed the identity of the player involved as Yorkshire batsman Root.
Warner could yet face further sanction, including the possibility of being sent home from the tour, depending on the outcome of a Code of Behavior hearing, which Cricket Australia said would be convened as soon as possible.
“Following a statement issued this morning by Cricket Australia, 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 runs victory over Australia,” the ECB said.
“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,” it added.