David Warner is not in the Kangaroos’ squad for their third game in the tri series against England, but, that has nothing to do with his on-field behaviour against India at Melbourne. The official word from the Australian camp is that the left hander has just been rested due to the hectic schedule in the rest of the summer. Warner was slammed by the critics for the way he had talked to the Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma during India’s innings at MCG.
The incident took place when Rohit pushed a length ball towards cover point and tried to go for a single. But, seeing Warner getting to the ball quickly, he returned back to his crease. However, Warner still threw the ball and it ricocheted off Rohit’s pads to short fine leg and taking advantage of that, the two Indian batsmen changed ends.
Warner did not like that at all. He was of the view that morally Rohit should not have taken that run as the ball had ricocheted off one of his cricketing gears. If he had been out of the way of that throw, it would have gone straight to the wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. Warner was absolutely correct on his stand there, but, it’s his way of talking which caused his criticism. He animatedly went to Rohit and seemed to be saying some harsh words to him in anger. It was a bit ugly, whatever was happening and the umpires finally stepped in to separate the two.
Warner has breached ICC code of conduct quite a few times in the recent seasons and the critics believe that some serious action needs to be taken against him otherwise there comes a day when he would cross his line on the ground. The Cricket Australia officials are also said to have taken it on board, but, they have clarified that Warner’s exclusion from the team is only to keep him fresh for the World Cup and not for disciplinary reasons.