Australia batsman David Warner has been suspended until the first Ashes test and fined A$11,500 (HK$85,500) after reports of a bar-room fracas with young England player Joe Root.
Cricket Australia said after a hearing yesterday that Warner would miss the rest of the Champions Trophy and Australia's two tour matches against Somerset and Worcestershire before the Ashes. The batsman, who was fined A$5,750 last month for a Twitter outburst against two journalists, will however be available for the first test against England starting on July 10.
The flamboyant left-hander, who was primed to open the batting for Australia in the Ashes, was involved in the incident in the early hours of Sunday morning in Birmingham after Australia's Champions Trophy defeat by England.
British media have reported that the "unprovoked physical attack", in the words of the England and Wales Cricket Board, was triggered by Root wearing a green and gold fancy dress wig as a beard.
Warner allegedly attempted to grab the beard and then swung a punch before other players intervened. Last night, Warner apologised, saying: "I've let my teammates, family and everyone down."