Warner forced to play grade cricket

Australia

Australian batsman David Warner has been disciplined by Cricket New South Wales for failing to appear in a grade cricket fixture recently.

Australian batsman David Warner has been disciplined by Cricket New South Wales for failing to appear in a grade cricket fixture recently.

Warner, who earlier this year was banned after trying to punch English cricketer Joe Root during the Champions Trophy, was supposed to play for Randwick Petersham on Saturday.

He didn't arrive, though, allegedly attending a horse race and a private practice session instead. Cricket NSW subsequently gave the left-hander a suspended one-match ban – and ordered him to undertake two visits to other grade clubs to promote an anti-drink driving campaign.

"This has been an unfortunate episode. Like most cricket fans, I and all at Cricket NSW would like nothing more than to see David Warner achieve his potential on and off the field," said NSW chief executive Andrew Jones.

"However, in order to do this David needs to ensure that he is doing the right things and working closely with the organisation in all areas."

The 26-year-old Warner was not named in the squad for this month's limited-overs tour of India, but is likely to open the batting during the Ashes series later this year.

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