Australia batsman David Warner has been ordered to front up to Sydneys suburban cricket grounds to play club-grade cricket after failing to show up for his Randwick Petersham side on the weekend.
The hotheaded 26-year-old was expected to debut for Randwick on Saturday,but pulled out,citing a need to hit the nets for some practice.
Warner,who posted a photo of himself in boxing gloves with a fitness trainer on Twitter on Saturday,was spotted the same day at a horse racing meeting at Sydneys Randwick racecourse,according to local media reports.
Warner was hauled before Andrew Johns,chief executive of Cricket New South Wales,on Tuesday to explain the no-show. Cricket NSW reinforced that its expectation,as well as players contractual obligation,remains that individuals play grade cricket when fitness and state commitments permit, the state governing body said in a statement on its website (www.cricketnsw.com.au).
Warner was given a suspended one-match ban,meaning he would miss either a Sheffield Shield match or a domestic one-day fixture for New South Wales for another offence,but also ordered to turn up for Randwick for the following two Saturdays,and a third if his state one-day commitments permitted.
The 22-Test lefthander would also have to make two visits to other grade cricket clubs to promote a state government campaign to discourage people from drink-driving,the statement said. Warner was left out of Australias limited overs squads touring India for a Twenty20 international and a seven-match one-day series starting Sunday,and his international career remains precarious after a number of disciplinary offences.
Warner was stood down after punching England batsman Joe Root at a Birmingham nightspot in the leadup to the Ashes and missed out on the first two Tests.
That came three weeks after a highly-publicised Twitter rant against two Australian journalists which led to a fine and a dressing down from national governing body Cricket Australia.