Warner row could unite Australian team: Shane Warne

Jun 14, 2013, 00:47 IST | AFP

Shane Warne said the fall-out from David Warner's controversial attack on England batsman Joe Root could yet "bring Australia together" as they bid to regain the Ashes.

“In a funny sort of way this could bring Australia together. I think it is a chance for them to gel together,” Warne wrote in his column in Britain’s Daily Telegraph yesterday, before Warner’s hearing was held.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne

“They really have to take this opportunity to sit down and have a chat about what they want to achieve. After this incident England could be thinking to themselves Australia are there for the taking,” the leg-spin legend, himself no stranger to off-field controversy during a colourful career, added. “But if Australia regroup then they might get a surprise.”

Warne recalled how senior players had been a key factor in maintaining team discipline at the start of his Australia career. “I was one of a group of young guys... rubbing shoulders with David Boon, Allan Border and Ian Healy.

If you were not on time for the bus or out too late, they absolutely nailed you verbally. You felt embarrassed and as if you had let the team down.” 

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Warne wrote yesterday: “When one of the younger players steps out of line it is up to senior players to grab control and deal with it, whether it be wearing the wrong tracksuit or being late for the bus. Sometimes embarrassing a player and a fine are the most effective punishments.

I remember Ravindra Jadeja being late for the team bus in the IPL. We wanted to make a statement so we stopped the bus and made him walk through the streets of Mumbai back to the hotel. He was not late again.” 

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