Sydney - Australia batsman David Warner has been fined A$5 750 ($5 600) for
his Twitter outburst against two journalists, the maximum financial
penalty for a first offence, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Wednesday.
26-year-old, who was playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) when he
tweeted the insults, faced a disciplinary hearing on his arrival back
in Sydney on Wednesday, charged with "unbecoming behaviour".
was angered that a newspaper had used a picture of him next to an
article on corruption in the IPL written by Robert Craddock. Another
journalist, Malcolm Conn, was attacked when he entered the conversation
in support of his colleague.
"In hindsight, clearly I let my
frustrations get the better of me and posted some inappropriate tweets
last weekend," Warner said in a CA statement.
"While I disagreed
with the story and my image being used alongside the story, I could have
chosen my words better and I apologise for any offence that my language
may have caused.
"I'll continue to have honest conversations with all my followers and I will be mindful of the language I use in future."
flamboyant left-hander looks likely to open the batting for Australia
in back-to-back Ashes series against England starting in July.
on Wednesday, he received backing from Australia captain Michael
Clarke, who suggested the incident may not harm his chances of one day
captaining his country.
"He's apologised and made it very clear it was unacceptable," Clarke told reporters at Sydney airport.
"I think Davey has great potential to be a leader of the Australian cricket team. He's a wonderful guy and wonderful player.
learned from this ... and if he continues to grow as he has over the
last few years, there's no reason why he hasn't got the potential to
captain Australia one day."
Clarke, who once apologised for not
"walking" via Twitter, also said there were no plans to restrict the use
of social media by players, although they needed to recognise there was
"a line that cannot be crossed".