David Warner has been handed a one-match suspended ban by Cricket New South Wales after not showing up for a grade game, later being spotted at a local racecourse, reports Eurosport.
The 26-year-old Australian had been selected for Randwick Petersham yet pulled out, citing the reason that an extra batting practice session was more beneficial.
He was then spotted at a local racecourse, much to the bemusement of his State side. New South Wales internal rules require all players to turn out for their grade sides when fully fit and available.
Despite the subsequent action, Warner insisted he had done nothing wrong:
In a statement, Warner said: "I believed I was doing the right thing by focusing on my training and batting, but I should have played."
This is the latest in a long line of disciplinary offences in a turbulent 2013 thus far.
Warner’s summer started with a suspension after attacking England’s Joe Root in a nightclub on June 8, immediately after the home side’s victory in the Champions Trophy.
Following a demotion from the touring side, he was then sent to South Africa in an ‘A’ tour in a bid for match practice where he became embroiled in an on-field spat with Thami Tsolekile, the pair having to be physically pulled apart by the umpires.
The disciplinary issue is just one half of the problem, with Warner suffering from an abject run of form ahead of the return Ashes series.
He was axed from the touring sides ODI team after coach Darren Lehmann cited a lack of runs which has continued on his return back home, with scores of 0 and four in New South Wales’ opening two games of the Ryobi Cup.
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