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Australia tarnished by bar brawl, says Michael Vaughan

Opening batsman Warner was dropped from the Australia side for their rain-marred no result Champions Trophy match against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Monday after his clash with England batsman Root in a Birmingham bar in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan

The incident followed the Aussies’ 48-run defeat by England in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on Saturday. “Unfortunately David Warner has tarnished the whole Australia cricket team,” Vaughan told BBC Sport on Wednesday.

“People are talking about him but the whole network, structure, captain, management, supporters, are all tarred with the same brush because of what that one individual has done to the team,” said Vaughan, who led England to 2005 Ashes glory.

‘Minor incident’
However, Australia stand-in captain George Bailey, speaking after Wednesday’s match, downplayed the clash which has left Warner facing a Cricket Australia disciplinary hearing, expected to be held before this weekend Warner carried the drinks at Edgbaston and Bailey said of the dynamic opener: “I thought he took it on the chin. No pun intended.

“From my point of view, it's disappointing. It’s a very minor incident and being dealt with in-house.” Vaughan absolved Australia coach Mickey Arthur and captain Michael Clarke for a confrontation that took place just under a month before the first Ashes Test starts at Trent Bridge on July 10.

Arthur dropped four players for the third Test in India in March — a series Australia eventually lost 4-0 — for failing to complete “homework” having asked them for written comments about how to improve the team. 

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