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Mohammad Asif has lost an appeal
against his conviction for spot-fixing.
The Court of Appeal in London said
yesterday there weren't "any grounds,
arguable or otherwise, for attacking the
safety of the convictions of this applicant."
Asif served half of a 12-month
sentence for his involvement in a plot
with two fellow Pakistan internationals
to bowl deliberate no-balls during a test
match against England in 2010.
Former captain Salman Butt and
teenage fast bowler Mohammad Amir
were also convicted and spent time in jail.
Asif is almost two years into a seven-
year suspension from all forms of
cricket, imposed by an independent
tribunal. Two years of the ban are
BIRMINGHAM---Australia dropped batsman
David Warner from its Champions Trophy
match against New Zealand yesterday for
attacking England player Joe Root in a bar,
a sign of increasing tensions between the
fierce rivals ahead of the Ashes series.
While Cricket Australia maintained it was
an alleged "physical altercation," England offi-
cials said Warner "initiated an unprovoked
physical attack" in a Birmingham bar following
England s victory over Australia in their open-
ing Champions Trophy match on Saturday.
"Warner has admitted behaving inappro-
priately and has since apologised to the player
involved who has accepted the apology," the
England and Wales Cricket Board said in a
The ECB said it concluded Root "was in no
way responsible for nor retaliated to the attack."
"Joe seems fine, there are no physical
injuries," England captain Alastair Cook said
at The Oval, speaking ahead of the team s
match against Sri Lanka on Thursday. "It s
unfortunate this has happened and he wants
to put it behind him.
"We are clearly disappointed that the inci-
dent has happened," added Cook, who wasn t
present on the night out, "but after investi-
gating it from our side, we don t believe we
have done anything wrong."
Cook said he had no problem with Root being
out on a night out, saying: "When the schedule
allows ... it s good to let your hair down."
Warner---a left-handed opener and one of
the cornerstones of Australia s batting depart-
ment---faced a hearing on a date yet to be
determined and could be sent home from the
tour of England. Cricket Australia has reported
him for engaging in "behavior unbecoming
to a representative player or official that could
(a) bring them or the game into disrepute or
(b) be harmful to the interests of cricket."
Reports across the British media said Root
and two other England players were in the
Australian-themed Walkabout bar in central
Birmingham when he was punched on the
chin by Warner. The manager of the bar told
Sky Sports on Wednesday that the players
made up after the altercation and Warner
picked up the bar tab.
The temperamental Warner found himself
in trouble last month when he delivered an
expletive-laden Twitter rant against two senior
He was fined Australian $5,750 for breaching
CA s code of conduct and apologised, despite
saying he disagreed with having his photo printed
alongside a story written by one of the journalists
about corruption in the Indian Premier League.
The potential absence of Warner, recently
touted as a potential future captain, would
further weaken the team s batting lineup ahead
of the eagerly anticipated Ashes. Captain
Michael Clarke missed both of Australia s
matches in the Champions Trophy because
of a lower back injury that could hinder him
in the upcoming Test series.
Warner has been a regular in Australia s
Test team---averaging nearly 40---since making
his debut in December 2011 but has struggled
for form since arriving in England, failing to
score a run in both of the warm-up games
for the Champions Trophy and then 9 in the
48-run loss to England at the weekend.
During that match, Australia wicketkeeper
Matthew Wade faced up to England batsman
Jonathan Trott after clashing at the crease.
Words were exchanged and the umpires needed
Trott then said something to Wade as the
Australian returned to the pavilion after being
dismissed in the tourists reply.
The first Test starts at Trent Bridge on July
10, with the teams playing four more tests in
England and then meeting in a return Ashes
series in Australia. In all, the old foes meet
26 times across all formats over the next nine
Australian suspended for 'unprovoked physical attack' on Joe Root in bar
Asif loses appeal against spot-fixing conviction
David Warner faces a
hearing on a date yet to
be determined and could
be sent home from the
tour of England.
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