Cricket: Cricket Australia seeking advice on dealing with Warner's drinking problem

SYDNEY (AFP) - Cricket Australia (CA) is seeking professional advice on what the organisation believes is troubled batsman David Warner's drinking problem.

The controversial opener was fined A$11,500 (S$13.800) and suspended until the start of the Ashes by CA on Thursday for an incident in which he punched England batsman Joe Root in a Birmingham bar during the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy.

CA chief executive James Sutherland on Friday strongly condemned the behaviour of Warner and five other Australian players who were with him at the time of the incident.

The Sydney Daily Telegraph on Saturday quoted Sutherland as saying that CA were looking to examine Warner's drinking issues further.

"I will be taking expert advice on that within the team to make sure, with our various professionals, to make some additional judgements on that to provide whatever support is necessary," he said.

"Whatever the case is, he is making some pretty ordinary decisions and getting himself into trouble."

The Telegraph said there were fears that Warner was heading down the same path as former Australian player Andrew Symonds, who was suspended for two one-day matches in 2009 after being drunk on the morning of a match against Bangladesh in Cardiff.

"I don't think I've got a drinking problem at all," Warner told a press conference in London on Thursday. "It's just basically I've got to make the right decisions at the right time.

"I have to apologise for what I did and I can't put myself in that position ever again. And not let the team down and everyone else down and in these circumstances try not to be aggressive like I did."

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