The cricket career of Warriors wicketkeeper Tom Triffitt hangs in the balance after his axing by WA over his alcohol-fuelled bender in Brisbane this week.
Warriors wicketkeeper Tom Triffitt has been sacked following his alcohol-fuelled brush with the law in Brisbane.
Triffitt was charged with one count of wilful damage and two counts of stealing following an alleged altercation early on Wednesday morning.
Coach Justin Langer was forced to go to the police station at the time to deal with the situation.
Perth Scorchers allrounder Tim Armstrong, who was with Triffitt but not charged by police, won’t be considered for selection for the rest of the summer.
Triffitt has been released from the remainder of his two-year deal with the Warriors and Scorchers.
Triffitt and Armstrong will be required to complete a period of community service in the area of alcohol-related harm.
Triffitt will complete 40 hours, while Armstrong will do 20 hours.
Both players will be fined the full match payment of $960 applicable to the Futures League game during which the incident occurred.
“We are extremely disappointed by this incident,” WACA chief executive Christina Matthews said.
“We have worked hard on contributing to a positive change to the culture and behaviour of our staff and players to give us the best chance of sustainable success on and off the field.
“That said, we understand that progress in this area takes time and is not linear and that this behaviour is inconsistent with what we have seen over the past 12 months.
“It does not represent the culture and behaviour of the broader playing group.
“I want to state that Tom and Tim are not bad people. They are young men who have made a mistake, yet must remain accountable for their actions.
“We will continue to support both players where possible and the door is not shut on a cricket career here in WA.
“However, they will need to earn back the trust and respect of staff, coaches and the playing group through their actions.
“Tom has had some disciplinary issues during his time in WA and he has accepted responsibility for that.
“He had shown signs of progress recently and this is no doubt a significant setback for him.
“We hope that he is able to learn from this and use it as a turning point in his career.
“Tim has been on the fringe of the Western Warriors and Perth Scorchers squads for a couple of years and had also shown signs of positive development recently.
“This, too, is undoubtedly a setback for him, however, we are confident it is not a pattern of behaviour.”