Commentator and Former Australia Batsman Michael Slater Arrested

Former Australia batsman Michael Slater has been arrested in Sydney after a domestic violence incident, Australian media reported on Wednesday.

The cricketer’s management declined to comment on the reports.

New South Wales (NSW) police said they had started a domestic violence investigation on Tuesday based on reports.

“Following inquiries, detectives attended a home at Manly about 9:20 a.m. and spoke with a 51-year-old man. He has since been arrested and taken to Manly police station,” NSW Police said in a statement on Wednesday.

Slater was vacated from his position on the Australian Seven Network’s cricket commentary team last month after the 51-year-old caused controversy in May when he went on a furious tirade against Prime Minister Scott Morrison on social media, for temporarily banning Australians in India from returning home, when the country battled a COVID-19 outbreak, saying Morrison had “blood on his hands.”

Slater played as an opening batsman for Australia in 74 tests from 1993-2001 and 42 one-day internationals before becoming a popular cricket commentator.