Australia players warned to remain vigilant after journalist attacked and robbed

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Roseau (Dominica), June 8: A journalist was attacked and robbed here on Saturday night (June 6) and the visiting Australian Test cricketers were "warned to remain vigilant" after the incident near the team hotel.

Australian Daniel Brettig, who works at "ESPNCricinfo", was attacked by 2 men carrying knives after withdrawing cash from an ATM machine at around 10 PM on Saturday night, Cricket Australia's (CA) website reported.

Australia players warned to remain vigilant after journalist attacked and robbed

"Brettig was slammed into the ground face first and had his wallet and mobile phones stolen. He was treated in hospital after suffering a bloodied nose, a cut on the head and several other grazes," the report said.

"Players were informed of the incident via a text message from team manager Gavin Dovey on Sunday morning and told to take extra care when venturing outside their hotel in Roseau.

"The attack on Brettig came on the same night a travelling Australian supporter reported that he was also mugged, while an employee of Ten Sports - the broadcaster covering the series - was attacked on Saturday night," it added.

"I'm overwhelmingly relieved it wasn't worse, but equally I don't want to let this affect how people see Dominica. I have had a terrific time here both this week and in 2012.

"What has changed for me, however, is I'll never be out on my own at night on a cricket tour again - irrespective of the location. We have all had a quite relaxed attitude to Dominica because it had a good reputation, but this goes to show you should always be careful, irrespective of location," Brettig was quoted as saying.

Australia won the first Test against West Indies by 9 wickets. The 2nd and final Test starts in Kingston (Jamaica) on June 11.

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