Warner accuses Cricket Australia of unsettling team

Lynette Rowe
June 9, 2017

Warner, the Australia vice-captain, was fined and suspended after the incident during the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, following England's defeat of Australia.

Australia face hosts England in a make or break Champions Trophy match at Birmingham's Edgbaston ground on Saturday, where a defeat could see them fail to qualify for the semi-finals of a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-dy global teams.

David Warner has questioned whether CA want to help Australia win the ICC Champions Trophy, after the board released a video aimed at persuading players to agree to giving up the revenue sharing model. They obviously haven't thought about the process.

The tourists will be doing their best to set aside distractions.

"We have an important game coming up this week and that is our focus", Warner said, "and the memorandum of understanding can wait until after the game and the tournament. We 100 per cent support the ACA to get to the table with CA".

Warner is set to face another reunion this weekend, with Root.

Now 30, married with two young children and teetotal to boot, Warner looks back at that night as the making of him, with the numbers since certainly supporting the theory given that 26 of his 31 worldwide centuries have come post Walkabout-gate.

Australia will nearly certainly need to beat England to avoid elimination at the same stage as four years ago.

"We all go through periods when young and naive - it's not about stuffing up and moving on; it's about learning the ropes of being away on tour for such a long time".

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"There's little things there that you have to think about as a youngster 'what can I do?'".

"I probably didn't work that out at that stage, but now I have, and have a great balance on and off the field".

The incident, dubbed "an unprovoked physical attack" by England in a statement at the time, was said to have been sparked by Warner taking offence at Root wearing a wig on his chin in the belief he was mocking South Africa's Hashim Amla.

"I was young and now I'm old".

Once nicknamed the Bull, Warner is now known as "the reverend" by his teammates, although he concedes there are days he still occasionally raises his horns.

The "Bull" can still stir occasionally, though.

In a video released by the CA, chief negotiator Kevin Roberts infuriated the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) by contradicting their claims about what it costs to run the game.

"Here and there, just depends on what day you get me", he said.

The pair have crossed paths on numerous occasions and even posed for a picture together after the 2015 Ashes series and Warner said he will happily shake hands when they meet on Saturday.

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