Bitter tweet might cost Warner tour

David Warner might have surrendered his place on cricket’s most prestigious tour because of 56 minutes of madness for all his 192,000 Twitter followers – and the rest of the world – to see.
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Warner launched a blistering attack in the early hours of Saturday morning, India time, against two of the Australian media’s longest-serving cricket writers, Robert Craddock and Malcolm Conn.

He will now almost certainly have to front a Cricket Australia code of behaviour hearing to explain why he should still be allowed on the upcoming Ashes series.

Warner’s rant began when he took exception to a piece by Craddock about corruption in the Indian Premier League, which was rocked by allegations last week of spot fixing by three players, including Indian Test paceman Sreesanth.

Warner’s Delhi Daredevils plays its final match of the tournament this weekend and he is expected to return to Sydney before heading off, if permitted, with the Ashes squad on Wednesday. Cricket Australia is staging a farewell event at Sydney Airport for Sydney-based team members and it is understood Warner was listed as a participant.

Officials, including general manager of team performance Pat Howard, were still trying to contact Warner on Saturday afternoon. It is believed the cricketer was still asleep. His manager, Tony Connelly, who is in India, did not return Fairfax Media’s requests for an interview about his client’s welfare. It was still not confirmed if the opener had sent the tweets, which were laden with vitriol towards Craddock, Conn and the media in general.

@malcolmconn wow champ all you do is bag people for a living and you say cricket is a real job!!! Bit rich CHAMP!!— David Warner (@davidwarner31) May 17, 2013

He began his tirade by tweeting ”Shock me @crashcraddock1 talking shit about ipl jealous prick. Get a real job. All you do is bag people. #getalife”. Craddock’s fellow News Ltd journalist, Conn, responded: ”@davidwarner31 cricket is a real job? Please. Most people pay to play. Million dollar cricketers milking the IPL are hardly the best judges.” Warner went on to write of Craddock: ”All he did was talk shit about the greats now he sucks up there [sic] ass. Talk more crap why don’t you”.

Among several other colourful tweets, Warner wrote to Conn: ”@malcolmconn keep writing paper talk trash for a living champ only thing you will ever do” and ”@malcolmconn are you still talking you old fart, no wonder know [sic] one buys your paper”.

Among Conn’s responses was: ”@davidwarner31 You lose 4-0 in India, don’t make a run, and you want to be tickled on the tummy? Win the Ashes and get back to me” and ”It’s becoming increasingly obvious why Brad Haddin was brought back as vice captain. Your [sic] lengths behind in that race”.

By midday, CA had issued a statement saying: ”Cricket Australia is aware of comments made on David Warner’s Twitter account overnight.

”Cricket Australia is attempting to contact Warner and will continue to investigate the matter.

”Cricket Australia will make further comment once it has conducted a thorough investigation.”

If Warner is charged with a breach, it will likely be under rule nine, Detrimental Public Comment, which states: ”Without limiting any other rule, players and officials must not make public or media comment which is detrimental to the interests of the game.”

He would face one of CA’s 18 commissioners.

Conn said on radio on Saturday he understood Cricket Australia ”wouldn’t be happy with an international cricketer using that sort of language on a public forum.

”It doesn’t worry me. He’s entitled to his opinion and good luck to him. I hope he gets some runs in England.”

Warner was out for a first-ball duck in Delhi Daredevils’ seven-run loss to Kings XI Punjab on Thursday night. He averaged 24.3 on the failed India tour recently.

The recall of Chris Rogers for the Ashes has placed his spot in the team under enormous pressure.

This is another public relations disaster for captain Michael Clarke and the team’s hierarchy.

Four players were publicly shamed on the recent fateful tour of India for having broken team rules, a move seen by many as a show of authority by Clarke, Howard and coach Mickey Arthur, and a statement about team discipline.

One of the four, vice-captain Shane Watson, left the tour and made his displeasure at Howard, especially, known upon arriving in Sydney. He returned to the tour – and captained Australia in the fourth Test when Clarke was injured – but later resigned from the vice-captaincy.

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