David Warner 'gutted' over role in coach's axing

Jul 17, 2013, 00:59 IST | AFP

Australian batsman David Warner has admitted he is devastated by the idea that his off-field behaviour may have played a part in the sacking of national coach Mickey Arthur.

Arthur was sensationally ditched just days out from the first Ashes Test, apparently paying the price for a 4-0 Test series loss in India, a poor Champions Trophy campaign and a lack of player discipline.

David Warner
David Warner

This last was highlighted by an incident in which Warner punched England’s Joe Root in a Birmingham bar following a Champions Trophy defeat. “It was probably another thing that was gutting, that I may have played a part in that,” Warner said on Monday.

Warner served a ban for the incident but without having played in any warm-up matches was left out of the Australia side which played the first Ashes Test and lost to England.

He will now play with Australia ‘A’ in Zimbabwe and South Africa to gain match practice.  Speaking on the eve of his departure from London, Warner, 26, spoke of his devastation at not being selected to play the first Ashes Test.

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