David Warner has done a despicable thing: Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland

James Sutherland said David Warner’s (above) apology did not count for much © Getty Images

Melbourne: Jun 14, 2013

The punishment has been handed but Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland remains livid with David Warner, saying the opener’s bar-room brawl during the Champions Trophy was “despicable” and his public apology for the incident counts for little.

“David Warner has done a despicable thing,” Sutherland told reporters in Brisbane.

“But I also hold the team to account here. There were other people there with him and those that were there need to take responsibility for that, but so does the team as a whole and the team management group as a whole,” he said.

Sutherland said the team management was also to be blamed for the incident.

“There is no place for violence anywhere and I’m extremely disappointed in that. I’m extremely disappointed in him and I have told him that … There were certain things that led to this situation that happened, as I understand it, at 2.30 in the morning,” he said.

“There’s not a lot of good that happens at 2.30 in the morning in a pub or a nightclub. I believe that the team as a whole and the people who were around him at the time also need to take responsibility for what happened.”

Warner, who was yesterday suspended until the Ashes, offered unconditional apologies for getting into an altercation with England player Joe Root in a bar after Australia’s opening Champions Trophy loss to the hosts in Birmingham.

A stern Sutherland said the apology did not count for much.

“I note that overnight he has made comments apologising for what he has done and expressing remorse for his actions. That’s all well and good. It counts for a little bit, but not much. What really counts is his actions going forward in the future, and we’re watching those very closely,” he said.

“I think he’s very lucky. It could have been a lot worse, couldn’t it? It should never have got to that and as it stands, yes, he is lucky to be available for selection.

“…Cricket people know it’s going to be very, very hard for David Warner to get selected for the first Test match. He can’t play cricket until the first Test match starts,” he cautioned.

Sutherland said Australian cricketers should maintain highest standards of behaviour both on and off the field.

“There is no excuse for what happened on Saturday night,” he said.

“I don’t care what explanations people might want to put up, there is no place for violence in society and there is no place for Australian cricketers to be finding themselves in that position.”