Former Australia batsman Michael Slater has been arrested in Sydney after a domestic violence incident, Australian media reported on Wednesday.
New South Wales (NSW) police said they had started an investigation on Tuesday into reports of a domestic violence incident last week.
“Following inquiries, detectives attended a home at Manly about 9:20 am 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, a flamboyant opening batsman, played 74 Tests and 42 One Day Internationals for Australia between 1993 and 2001 before moving into commentary.
Slater was dumped from the Seven Network’s cricket commentary team last month after three years with the Australian broadcaster.
The 51-year-old caused controversy in May after a furious tirade against Prime Minister Scott Morrison on social media.
Slater said Morrison had “blood on (his) hands” after the government temporarily banned Australians from returning home from India as the Asian nation battled a major Covid-19 outbreak.
“If our government cared for the safety of Aussies they would allow us to get home. It’s a disgrace!!” Slater tweeted in May.
“Blood on your hands PM. How dare you treat us like this. How about you sort out quarantine system.
“I had government permission to work on the IPL but I now have government neglect.
“And for those who think this is a money exercise. Well forget it. This is what I do for a living and I have not made a penny having left early.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison labelled Slater tweets “absurd.”