More trouble for the tourists ahead of huge clash with the Kiwis.
Australia opening batsman David Warner is currently being investigated by Cricket Australia (CA) for an alleged assault on England batsman Joe Root, according to reports on BBC Sport Online.
The incident is supposed to have taken place on Saturday night in the Walkabout bar in central Birmingham following England’s ICC Champions Trophy clash with the tourists at Edgbaston earlier that day.
Alastair Cook’s side had comprehensively beaten the Aussies in the first meeting of the summer between the two arch rivals, with Warner himself only scoring a disappointing nine runs as opener from all of 21 balls.
The batsman has since been dropped by CA for Australia’s must-win second group stage fixture with New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday, a match up that were the Aussies to lose would result in them relinquishing their grip on the Champions Trophy at the earliest possible juncture.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have since confirmed that Warner has apologised for an “unprovoked physical attack”.
And, in a full statement the ECB went on to add that: “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.
“Warner has admitted behaving inappropriately and has since apologised to the player involved who has accepted the apology.
“ECB has concluded that this is a matter for Cricket Australia and have no further comment to make.”