Australia have dropped batsman David Warner after he physically attacked England batsman Joe Root in a bar.
The incident, which reportedly was alcohol-related, happened at the Walkabout in Birmingham in the early hours of Sunday morning.
It is understood that Root was among a group of three England players allowed to attend the bar along with six Australian players, including Warner.
The two groups stayed apart until 1:30 a.m. when Warner walked over to Root and landed a single punch on him, prompting an exchange of words before the England players left without retaliating.
Warner was stood down for today’s crucial Champions Trophy clash with New Zealand ahead of a Cricket Australia hearing and the England and Wales Cricket Board have also released a statement, clearing the unnamed player of any blame.
It read: “The England and Wales Cricket Board confirms that David Warner initiated an unprovoked physical attack on a member of the England team in a Birmingham bar following England’s 48 run victory over Australia.”
Warner has admitted behaving inappropriately and has since apologised to the player involved who has accepted the apology.
“Following a full investigation the England team management has concluded that the England player was in no way responsible for nor retaliated to the attack.
“ECB has concluded that this is a matter for Cricket Australia and have no further comment to make.”
A CA statement read: “Cricket Australia advises that Australian batsman David Warner has been stood down from Australia’s ICC Champions Trophy match against New Zealand tonight after being reported for breaching the CA Code of Behaviour.
“Warner has been reported for breaching Rule 6: Unbecoming Behaviour after he was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with an England player in the early hours of Sunday morning following the ICC Champions Trophy match between the teams in Birmingham.
“Team management have stood down Warner pending the outcome of the hearing, meaning he will miss Australia’s match against New Zealand in Birmingham.
“This is the second time in recent weeks that Warner has faced disciplinary action as he was fined 5,750 Australian dollars following an expletive-laced Twitter row with journalists. (Sky)