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No punishment too much for Warner

A few weeks after being penalised for abusing two of Australian cricket’s senior-most journalists over Twitter, David Warner is in the dock for physically attacking young England batsman Joe Root at a bar during the Champions Trophy. Warner appears to have a lot of demons inside him to act in such a fashion and the punishment (suspended for Champions Trophy and Ashes lead-up games) meted out to him cannot be too much.

A sterner cricket establishment would have put him out of the Ashes series as well, but Warner being an accomplished, match-winning batsman may have prevented his Ashes axing.

The Warner controversy is bad news for Australian cricket and the authorities cannot afford to let yet another talented player disappear into the sunset. They have already seen what happened to Andrew Symonds.

Sure aggression is needed in cricket, but if the channelisation of it is warped, a career can end up getting destroyed. Ricky Ponting too had a temper and his poor behaviour in a Kolkata nightclub on the 1998 tour of India was well documented. But he reformed and Warner would do well to emulate his first international captain in this regard.

These are dark days for Australian cricket. Their captain -- Michael Clarke -- has a bad back and could be handicapped for the all-important Ashes and their one-day team has not set the Thames on fire in the Champions Trophy.

Shane Warne reckons these troubled times will help the side unite. Their supporters will hope for that to happen too, but bad publicity can never be advantageous, especially to a side which has lost three of their last four Ashes series.

As for Warner, he’d be better off using his brawn to attack a five-and-a-half ounce cricket ball instead of opposition team members. 

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