Sport Cricket David Warner has ‘gone rogue’ and may never play for Australia again
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David Warner has ‘gone rogue’ and may never play for Australia again

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An isolated David Warner on the Australian team bus at Johannesburg airport on March 27. Photo: AAP
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Deposed vice-captain David Warner’s reported falling out with cricket teammates in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal has led to claims he may have played his last game for Australia.

The Test opener, 31, cut a desolate and isolated figure in the team’s Cape Town hotel on March 27 before he flew with the rest of the squad to Johannesburg to prepare for Friday’s fourth Test against South Africa.

Photos showed Warner sitting alone in a bar, and there were claims he was “swilling” champagne with non-cricket friends.

In a contemporary symbol of a bitter split, Warner reportedly removed himself from the Australian team’s WhatsApp group. His actions drew claims he has “gone rogue”.

ABC cricket commentator Jim Maxwell told the broadcaster’s News Breakfast Warner “may never play for Australia again out of all this, because he’s so much on the nose with the players and probably the public”.

Warner’s damaged reputation hit home on a commercial level on Wednesday, with electronics company LG confirming “in light of recent events” it is dropping its sponsorship of the pugnacious opener, who is also sponsored by bat-maker Gray-Nicholls and Asics.

“LG Australia will always look to work with ambassadors that share our core brand values,” the company said in a statement.

Warner later stepped down as captain of Indian Premier League franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad, which he led to the IPL title in 2016.

Meanwhile, the dressing room rift means “the players have pretty much ostracised” Warner said Maxwell, who is travelling with the team in South Africa.

“I noticed that. I was on the same flight coming up from Cape Town.”

“I think he’s the main problem at the moment with the side in terms of its attitude.”

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Warner faced a media scrum at Cape Town airport. Photo: Getty

Warner was already under the pump during the South African series after an ugly off-field confrontation with the home team’s wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.

“He’s been in a pretty bad frame of mind,” said Maxwell.

After the team landed in Johannesburg, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland announced the findings of an internal investigation into the scandal.

Warner, former captain Steve Smith, 28, and batsman Cameron Bancroft, 25, have been ordered home.

More penalties for “conduct contrary to the spirit of the game” may also be handed down to the trio, with Sutherland alluding to lengthy bans.

Head coach Darren Lehmann was exonerated.

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Australian coach Darren Lehmann has been exonerated. Photo: Getty

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine was named new captain. Glenn Maxwell, Joe Burns and Matthew Renshaw will join the squad in South Africa.

But while Smith was described as “distraught” by Sutherland, and Bancroft was said “not to be doing too well”, support for Warner appears hard to find.

Sources said some players do not want to set foot on a field with him again.

Players including bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood are said to be furious with Warner’s involvement and version of events, as given to CA head of integrity Iain Roy in Cape Town on March 26.

Both bowlers have now been cleared by the initial Cricket Australia investigation.

The simmering bad blood over who knew what was outlined by cricket journalist Robert Craddock on The Back Page Live on March 27.

“Basically David Warner has gone rogue,” Craddock said, claiming the New South Wales batsman has had “a major falling out” with the bowlers.

They believe he has given evidence to the integrity commissioner that they knew about the ball tampering.

“[The bowlers] are blistering. They’re not on talking terms.

“I’m asking myself whether Warner can ever play in this team again because the bad blood is staining every possible relationship.”

The toxic situation and Cricket Australia’s declaration that Smith, Warner and Bancroft were the only people who knew about the alleged cheating led to former skipper Michael Clarke declaring Australian cricket is in “deep shit”.

Similarly unconvinced, former England Test captain Michael Vaughan came up with a hashtag that caught on:

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