Warner: ‘Disappointing to see O’Keefe making offensive comments’

O’Keefe’s rant has invited a $20,000 fine and a suspension from the entire Matador Cup and even raising questions about his place in the national team.

“Cricket Australia doesn’t tolerate these things. It is really strict in these issues. It is very, very bad. O'Keefe should not have done that,” said the Sunrisers Hyderabad captain about the incident.   -  V V SUBRAHMANYAM

Australian star batsman David Warner says that it is very disappointing to see Steve O’Keefe making offensive comments, after apparently being drunk, at the official after-party of the NSW cricket end-of-season awards night in Sydney.

“Cricket Australia doesn’t tolerate these things. It is really strict in these issues. It is very, very bad. O'Keefe should not have done that,” the Sunrisers Hyderabad captain remarked during an informal chat in the hotel lobby.

O’Keefe’s rant has also invited a $20,000 fine and a suspension from the entire Matador Cup and even raising questions about his place in the national team.

“I was in a similar kind of scenario. But, hopefully Keefe will get all the support from to be back on the cricket field again,” Warner commented.

“We will all give him the right kind of help Keefe and as team-mates will render him all support to help him,” the explosive opener insisted.

No problems with Virat

Referring to his relationship with the Indian captain Virat Kohli after the animated scenes on the field during the recent India-Australia Test series, a smiling Warner said they were all good friends.

“Whatever happens on the field is because of emotions. Off the field we are very good friends. I texted him. We have to move on. Our job is to play cricket,” he said looking back at the season opening match in which SRH defeated Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Wednesday night.