Ashes 2013: Australia’s David Warner ’embracing’ villain role

Ashes 2013: Australia's David Warner admits he had a "chuckle" to himself after being ousted by Joe Root on day four of the third Test

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

David Warner admitted he could see the funny side of ousted by Joe Root after Australia finished on 172-7 at the end of day four of the third Test at Old Trafford.

The Australia batsman was absent for the opening two Tests at Trent Bridge and Lord’s after the 26-year-old launched an “unprovoked attack” on Root at a bar in Birmingham in May.

And Warner, who has been subjected to jeers from the Old Trafford crowd, was dismissed for 41 runs in the second innings after he was caught by Root of a Tim Bresnan ball.

“Out of all the people to hit it to, I hooked another to ‘Rooty’,” Warner said.

“It was quite comical. I also liked the trumpeter playing the Rocky theme song when I came out, I had a little chuckle to myself.

“I’m not well-liked at the moment and it’s not every day you get booed onto the field. And I can’t wait to
read Twitter later.

“But you’ve got to embrace it. Obviously it was all my fault but I went away and learned my lesson. Somebody always gets picked out, this time it’s me and I’ve got to keep my head down and focus on my task, which is scoring runs.”

Australia finished 331 runs ahead of England on a rain-interrupted day four, and with more wet conditions forecast on Monday, the hosts are nearing a draw in the third Test which would see them retain the Ashes.

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