Alec Swann - Lack of leadership is showing for Australia

Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.

A lot has been made of Australian batsman David Warner’s shenanigans in a Birmingham bar in the early hours of Sunday morning.

If you read the sports pages you’ll won’t have failed to miss this country’s sports writers and headline creators having a field day at Warner’s expense for his alcohol-influenced decision to take a swing at England’s Joe Root.

As an incident in itself it was crass and stupid but a lot of the comment in the aftermath seems to have missed the point.

Depending on what you’ve read, Warner’s behaviour is symptomatic of an Australian team who have lost their way with their downturn in results on the field manifesting itself in inappropriate behaviour off it.

It shows that there is a lack of leadership in their ranks with the management unable to control their charges.

With such an important Test series on the horizon it has given England an added edge with their opponents is something resembling disarray.

In the middle of a tournament, international sportsmen have no place being in a bar late at night with a gut full of beer.

Warner is a serial offender who should really be on the next plane home with his tail planted firmly between his legs.

Well in response to the above points, the Aussies are far from the force they were but saying they are now a rabble is pushing it a bit.

Their management can’t be held responsible for every action taken by their players, however daft they might be.

England won’t gain much, if anything, from what happened at the weekend.

Just because they ply their trade in the public limelight, international cricketers can’t be expected to live like hermits and hole themselves up in hotels all the time.

And perhaps Warner should have been sent back to Sydney but by suspending him from the rest of the Champions Trophy and the Ashes warm-up matches his superiors have opted to effectively suspend him from part of the Test series anyway.

But what has been glossed over is the fact that here is someone who has a problem when he’s drunk.

Throwing a punch when half-cut, regardless of who the intended target is, is the action of an individual with issues that need sorting out.

Warner’s career has been on an steep upward curve ever since he made his international debut before even playing a first-class match but it’ll will soon start to take the opposite course if he doesn’t cure this and soon.