Deputy to Steven Smith and the aggressive left-handed opener – David Warner revealed what surfaced in the CCTV footage regarding Bristol street-brawl involving Ben Stokes, was far better evidence then his 2013 infamous episode when he punched Joe Root in a pub.
While comparing both the incidents, Warner remarked there was a ‘lot less’ available as a proof before chief executive James Sutherland pronounced the verdict when Australia toured England.
“I had to deal with the situation that I was dealt with. Does Cricket Australia regret that or not? I don’t know,” Warner was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
As Stokes is under investigation after thrashing 27-year-old Ryan Hale, who was hospitalised with facial injuries, as the Durham-star become the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons.
Warner added all eyes are on Stokes’ case and it is up to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to decide the fate of the promising all-rounder whether he would participate in the Magellan Ashes or not.
“It’s up to them what they want to do – how they punish him and first of all it’s up to the police. Obviously with their investigation findings, to see what happens there,” Warner stated.
Moreover, Avon and Somerset’s police have already launched the investigation of a fracas as the verdict is expected to come out in the last week of October.
“I think everyone in the world is waiting to see what happens there and what the outcome is,” Warner expressed.
Warner further stressed the Cricket Australia hadn’t accessed any footage and hinted he is further interested in going through the video which would reveal the blow to Root at Walkabout Bar Birmingham.
“One thing they didn’t have was video footage, I’d still like to know where that is,” Warner added.
Pertinently, the 30-year-old New South Wales-based Warner was banned for the warm-up fixtures which further saw him missing out on first two Ashes Tests against England when root.
“I just copped it on the chin and moved forward,” Warned maintained.
On the other side, the notorious incident somewhat also witnessed the sacking of South Africa-based Mickey Arthur, who is concurrently a head coach for Pakistan.
“I did do my time. It was a lot less than what we’ve seen on that footage, that’s for sure,” Warner further added.
However, the incident grabbed the headlines in the United Kingdom, as Warner did not face any charges from the British police.
After on-field battles in the recent past, Warner has further backed himself to show his aggressive side in the upcoming Ashes series which is scheduled for November 14.
“I’ll be doing everything I can to make sure that when we’re out there, we’ve got a lot of energy and lot of buzz,” Warner said.
Coming to a conclusion, Warner, who has witnessed ups and downs further lavished praised on her wife Candice Falzon for playing a significant role in his professional career.
“I am fortunate enough that my wife came into my life at that time and really got me into a routine,” Warner concluded.
Warner is averaging 47.94 with the bat in 66 Test matches after making his international cricket in 2009.