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Cricketer Triffitt arrested
Tom Triffitt. Picture: The West Australian/Steve Ferrier

UPDATE: The arrest of wicket-keeper Tom Triffitt has been labelled a major setback to improving the culture of the WA cricket team.

Triffitt, 23, was charged with one count of willful damage and two counts of stealing for his role in an alleged 5am altercation in Brisbane's CBD on Wednesday.

Teammate Tim Armstrong is understood to have been out with Triffitt, but has not been charged.

Both players are expected to learn their fate within the WA squad in the next 24 hours following a meeting with WA Cricket Association management.

Scorchers captain Simon Katich said everyone at the WACA was "very disappointed" with the outcome.

"There's been a lot of hard work, not only from the playing group but the coaches and support staff and also the WACA admin as well to get things going in the right direction," he said.

"This is obviously a big setback, but at this point in time until the legal process is gone through it's hard to make any comments on the situation until we know all the facts and the matter's dealt with by WACA management."

Katich said he had not spoken to Triffitt since the alleged incident.

A potential sacking is a strong possibility given the association's $2.1 million sponsorship deal with Healthway and the team's past history with boozy incidents, including a late-night celebration that marred the Scorchers failed Champions League campaign in 2012.

"(Coach) Justin (Langer) has made it very clear to the playing group since he's been in charge that these sorts of things aren't tolerated, particularly when there's games on," Katich said.

McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth director Professor Mike Daube said: "The WACA have been tremendously supportive of the Healthway sponsorship and I’m sure that they will take the appropriate action."

Triffitt, from Tasmania, and Armstrong, from NSW, were due to play for the WA under-23 side on day three of a Futures League match against Queensland at Allan Border Field on Wednesday but were withdrawn by the WACA for disciplinary reasons and flown back to Perth.

Both had batted in the first innings against a Queensland line-up featuring Australian pacemen Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle, who were getting last-minute match practice before flying to South Africa for next month’s Test tour.

However, WA were effectively forced to concede the match after slumping to 9-160 yesterday given the absence of the two players.

It is alleged Triffitt picked up a chair from an eatery near the corner of Albert and Charlotte Street and used it to smash the rear window of a parked car.

He is then alleged to have taken a bike secured to a tree and ridden off.

He was ordered to appear at the Brisbane Magistrates Court on March 7.

The incident comes after Triffitt’s fall from grace on the field.

The wicket-keeper, in his second season in Perth, played all four matches in the Scorchers’ T20 Champions League campaign late last year and played in the Sheffield Shield team in 2012-13 after playing for Tasmania the season before.

He has been overlooked for State duties this summer as Sam Whiteman takes a hold on the job.

The WACA refused to confirm whether alcohol was involved.

Any connection to alcohol misuse would be untimely for the WACA, which has heavily promoted the slogan "alcohol and sport don’t mix" in advertisements linked to the three-year Healthway agreement.

WA coach Justin Langer said at the time it was hoped the deal would help remove perceptions of poor behaviour linked to the team.

Perth Scorchers came under fire over a boozy celebration in Cape Town during their failed 2012 Champions League campaign that led to Marcus North standing down from the captaincy and Lachlan Stevens quitting as WA coach.

A statement from the WACA yesterday said it would not make any further comment until the matter was fully investigated.

The West Australian

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