Cricket Australia Fires Another Warning Shot At Misbehaving Cricketers
Cricket Australia has had enough of cricketer David Warner’s "antics and the defective team environment that saw him intoxicated and brawling in a Birmingham pub at 2.30am," according to Phil Lutton of the BRISBANE TIMES. It was a steaming CA CEO James Sutherland that fronted media in Brisbane "to fire a rocket at the troubled opening batsman, who has been suspended for a month" and fined A$11,500 ($11,000) after his altercation with England batsman Joe Root. Warner "may still be on tour" but judging from Sutherland’s words and demeanour, it is clear the governing body "has had its fill of misbehaving cricketers" (BRISBANE TIMES, 6/16). In Brisbane, Robert Craddock reported cricket "is on the nose in Australia due to a deadly quadrella: shameful behaviour, weak administration, high pay and poor performance." When the four align to form the ultimate "imperfect storm," the game "ends up in the toilet." Dear "old thing that she is, cricket invariably trembles at the knees, goes pale in the face and falls head-first into her porridge at the very thought of handing out a tough penalty to a player who needs it." Sutherland "has had some big moments this year," but he "has failed to learn that when it comes to discipline, words mean nothing, actions are everything." Harsh medicine "is much better for a rebellious player than a soft landing" (COURIER-MAIL, 6/17).