Cricket: Australia’s David Warner in Twitter row

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CRICKET Australia says it is attempting to contact Test opener David Warner over reported comments he made on Twitter in terse and often angry exchanges with two journalists.

Warner took to Twitter on Friday night from India to launch an expletive-filled attack on News Ltd journalists Robert Craddock and Malcolm Conn after taking exception to an article which was critical of an India-based Twenty20 tournament.

Warner is playing for the competition’s Delhi team, which was rocked this week by spot-fixing allegations against three players, including India Test paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth. Cricket Australia said yesterday it was trying to determine whether Warner, who is in Australia’s squad for the upcoming Ashes series in England, made the comments or if his account had been hacked.

Meanwhile, in the LV= County Championship Division One, Steve Magoffin took a four-wicket haul as Sussex completed their second victory of the season and condemned Derbyshire to a fourth consecutive defeat.

The Australian paceman snapped up two of the remaining three Derbyshire wickets in the first half hour of the fourth morning to finish with figures of four for 44.

That left Sussex a victory target of just 42 in the clash at Derby and they knocked off the runs in 5.5 overs for the loss of only one wicket to celebrate a 24-point haul.

Nottinghamshire raced to a 114-run win over Surrey at Trent Bridge after their seamers made the most of conducive conditions.

Surrey began the day on 72 for three but were bowled out for 144 shortly after lunch as Paul Franks (three for 16) and Harry Gurney (three for 40) did the damage for the home side.