Oz media calls for CA to take 'stronger stand' over Warner's 'drunk' behaviour

Sydney, June 15 (ANI): The Australian media has called for the necessity of Cricket Australia (CA) to take a strong stand against controversial opener David Warner, who was suspended and fined for punching England batsman Joe Root after Australia's loss to England in the tournament.

According to News.com.au, the response from Australian cricket to Warner's bad behaviour has proven that the sport is culturally cancerous and facing failure in England, after the opening batsman got away with just a fine and suspension from the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy, while being safe for the Ashes.

Hinting that Warner's drinking may be a possible problem for Australian cricket, the report said that although Warner had told that told CA that he was not drinking as part of his fitness campaign for this England tour during the latter stages of the Indian Premier League, sources from the IPL have denied his claims.

The report said that Warner's repeated insistence that he does not have a drinking problem following the Birmingham bar incident may also be false, adding that there are fears that Warner is heading down the same path as Andrew Symonds, who was suspended for two one-day matches after being drunk on the morning of a match against Bangladesh in Cardiff.

However, the report said that CA is still not convinced by Warner's avowals, as in the wake of Warner's four-week ban and 11,500 dollar-fine for punching Root, CA is seeking professional advice on the left hander's relationship with alcohol. (ANI)

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