File photo of Delhi Daredevils' batsman David Warner from IPL 5.
New Delhi: In an unusual outburst early on Saturday morning, Delhi Daredevils' Australian batsman David Warner abused Australian journalists for writing against the Indian Premier League following the spot-fixing scandal that broke out earlier in the week on Thursday.
Warner's rant reportedly came after a column written by News Limited journalist Robert Craddock, which was published in The Daily Telegraph. Craddock has written on the perils of the cash-rich IPL and how it is the hotbed of corruption in cricket.
Warner - who is playing in the IPL as the vice captain of Delhi franchise - started his tirade at about 4 a.m. with a series of tweets and used language that is unbecoming of a Test cricketer. His tweets repeatedly had words like "p**ck", "sh**" and much more, to the extent of calling one respected journalist "an old fart".
News Limited journalists Malcolm Conn and Robert Craddock didn't take Warner's abuses sitting down, leading to a back-and-forth exchange between them and Warner.
After this, Conn told the Melbourne radio that Cricket Australia had already contacted him to apologise for Warner's behaviour. "I know that Cricket Australia aren't very happy with the language he's used to express himself this morning," Conn was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph. "Cricket Australia have touched base with me and apologised and said that it was inappropriate and they'll be taking action."
"It's put paid to any suggestion that he's got any sort of leadership qualities. If he can't contain himself on Twitter, I don't know how he's going to go in the furnace of leadership when things get tough," Conn added.
The Australian board issued a statement in this regard, saying, "Cricket Australia is attempting to contact Warner and will continue to investigate the matter."
@malcolmconn puttingUp with your shit talk why would anyone want to do that.— David Warner (@davidwarner31) May 17, 2013
@malcolmconn are you still talking you old fart, no wonder know one buys your paper.— David Warner (@davidwarner31) May 17, 2013
@davidwarner31 Have a look at the scoreboards from India. Or have you forgotten about them already?— Malcolm Conn (@malcolmconn) May 17, 2013
Wow @crashcraddock1 some smart journo who thinks he can bringDown people. Well done CHAMP!!— David Warner (@davidwarner31) May 17, 2013