Fi­nally, Cricket Aus­tralia calls time on ‘at­tack dog’Warner’s brand of bul­ly­ing

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Re­demp­tion Road. For Warner, there is noth­ing. The an­nounce­ment that he would never be con­sid­ered for cap­taincy again was es­pe­cially telling.

The si­lences and de­flected an­swers in the Warner press con­fer­ence were even more re­veal­ing, es­pe­cially when he was asked if oth­ers were in­volved in the plot and if it was the first time Aus­tralia had done such a thing on the field.

If those ad­vis­ing Warner, legally and other­wise, de­cide that he has no in­ter­na­tional fu­ture — and the tune Cricket Aus­tralia has been hum­ming sug­gests as much — they could well ask him to come clean in an ex­clu­sive me­dia ap­pear­ance. If he did, what he had to say could cause huge em­bar­rass­ment to his for­mer team­mates and board of­fi­cials.

Suther­land has banged on about the “spirit of cricket” in re­cent days. Those words were dropped from Cricket Aus­tralia’s strate­gic plan in 2017. As Gideon Haigh wrote in The Aus­tralian: “At times over the years, CA has given the ap­pear­ance of car­ing lit­tle about the sport’s image, ex­cept as a brand or prod­uct. One was re­minded this last week of the con­fer­ence five years ago where CA’s com­mer­cial chief, Ben Amarfio, ar­gued that con­tro­versy in sport was not a prob­lem — it could even be ad­van­ta­geous.”

Now Warner, who in ad­di­tion to his “ball main­te­nance” du­ties was also the team’s at­tack dog, is the one they are try­ing to put down.

“I know there are unan­swered ques­tions,” tweeted Warner af­ter his tear-filled me­dia con­fer­ence. “In time, I will do my best to an­swer them all.”

For half a decade, Warner set the tone for Aus­tralia with both his bat and caus­tic tongue. He is un­likely to go qui­etly now.

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