The cricket career of Warriors ‘keeper Tom Triffitt hangs in the balance after he was charged with one count of wilful damage and two counts of stealing.
Perth Scorchers skipper Simon Katich says Tom Triffitt only has himself to blame if his career takes a hit following his brush with the law.
Triffitt’s future with Western Australia hangs in the balance after he was charged with one count of wilful damage and two counts of stealing following an alleged early-morning altercation in Brisbane on Wednesday.
His teammate Tim Armstrong was also present at the time, but not charged by police.
Both players were stood down from WA’s Futures League match against Queensland and sent back to Perth.
Triffitt, who will face court in Brisbane on March 7, is in the final year of his Warriors’ contract and might be sacked over the incident.
Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) management met Triffitt and Armstrong on Thursday to discuss the Brisbane altercation.
A statement released late on Thursday said WACA management would “consider all aspects of the incident before deciding on a course of action.
“The WACA does not have a timeline for that decision, but is looking to conclude the issue as quickly as is both possible and appropriate.”
Katich said the incident involving Triffitt and Armstrong was a slap in the face to coach Justin Langer, who has worked diligently over the past year to improve the team’s culture.
“At the end of the day, you have to be responsible for your actions,” Katich said.
“Yes they might be young but, at the same time, there’s also a knowledge of right and wrong.
“These guys are grown men. They have to be accountable for their actions. Justin has made it very clear to this group what is expected.
“He’ll be the one that feels the most let down, and rightfully so.
“He’s put a lot of time and effort into these guys, and sometimes the penny doesn’t drop with some of them.
“This might be a wake-up call and a reminder to the rest of the squad how things can change pretty quickly.”
Katich said the fact the incident occurred during the middle of a four-day game made it even more disappointing.
Triffitt, 23, hasn’t played for the Warriors this summer due to the emergence of Sam Whiteman as the team’s No.1 gloveman.
Armstrong featured twice for the Scorchers during this summer’s Big Bash League, but is also a fringe member of the team.
The drama comes at a bad time for the Scorchers, who face a tough challenge to knock off the Sydney Sixers in Wednesday’s BBL semi-final at the SCG.