Cricket Australia warns David Warner for verbal spat with Rohit Sharma; rested for next ODI

Cricket Australia (CA) has warned explosive batsman David Warner to ‘stop looking for trouble’ after he got into a heated spat with Indian batsman Rohit Sharma during the tri-series One-Day International (ODI) between India and Australia at Melbourne on Sunday.

Warner was fined 50 per cent of his match fee by ICC after Australia defeated India.

This incident was the latest and not the first time where Australian and Indian cricketers have been seen in such heated arguments with Warner being involved.

As reported by Cricketcountry, CA chief executive James Sutherland has told Warner to not indulge into such troubles and mend his ways of behaviour.

“I have spoken to David to understand what happened in the incident with Rohit Sharma yesterday and to remind him of his responsibilities as an Australian cricketer and a role model,” said the CA boss.

Sutherland further added, “He has worked very hard on his leadership and behaviour over the past 12 months and I have told him very clearly that instances like this only serve to set back the progress he has made. Quite simply, he needs to stop looking for trouble.”

The trouble on Sunday began after Rohit ran of an overthrow from Warner. The next moment saw Warner confronting the century maker with words ‘Speak English’.

James Sutherland was unimpressed with Warner’s defending himself, when he said he was simply asking Rohit to converse in English.

“This is the second time he has been before the ICC match referee this season and that’s twice too often. From my discussion with David, I am satisfied that his comments to Rohit Sharma were not racially motivated. That said, I have reminded him that he needs to carefully reconsider the manner in which he approaches these sorts of situations in the future,” quipped Sutherland.

David Warner had appealed for a truce on ‘send-offs’ for opposition players before the onset of the fourth Test against India in Sydney. His recent spat with Rohit seemed to have no place in his category but was similarly quite ugly.

Following this on-field incident, the dynamic southpaw has been rested for the next ODI against England at Hobart on Friday and will be replaced by Cameron White.