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Australian cricketer suspended after bar attack over fake beard

David Warner punched England’s Joe Root on Wednesday and has been banned until the start of the Ashes.

David Warner.
David Warner.
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AUSTRALIA’S DAVID WARNER has been suspended until the start of the Ashes series and fined after attacking England’s Joe Root in a bar.

“@davidwarner31 has been suspended up until the First Test of #TheAshes and fined $11,500,” (€8,000), the federation said on its Twitter account @CricketAus after a disciplinary hearing.

The 26-year-old was dropped for Australia’s match against New Zealand on Wednesday after the incident at an Australian theme pub in the central English city of Birmingham at the weekend.

According to The Daily Telegraph, the fight broke out over a novelty fake beard worn by Root.

The hearing was the second in three weeks for the explosive opener and has raised concerns about the culture of the Australian cricket team going into the Ashes, which starts on July 10 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

Four players were disciplined on a recent tour of India after failing to submit feedback requested by team management.

All-rounder Andrew Symonds was previously sent home from the world Twenty20 tournament in England in June 2009 after a late-night drinking episode.

Cricket Australia said Warner had been reported for breaching its code of conduct relating to “unbecoming behaviour” after England complained of an “unprovoked physical attack” on batsman Joe Root.

The latest spat involving Warner comes barely three weeks after he was fined Aus$5,750 over an expletive-ridden Twitter tirade at two Australian journalists.

The incident with Root came after England’s comfortable 48-run nvictory over Australia at Edgbaston on Sunday.

Cricket Australia charged Warner with breaching its code of conduct relating to “unbecoming behaviour”. He later apologised to Root.

© AFP, 2013

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