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The English media have already added insult to injury
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has lashed out at Australia opening batsman David Warner after his bar brawl antics got him suspended till the first Ashes Test on July 10 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Vaughan slammed Warner for punching England’s ‘Golden Boy’ Joe Root at the Walkabout bar in Birmingham on June 8 after both teams had clashed on the pitch earlier in the day.
Vaughan also noted that Warner’s actions had seriously “tarnished” Australia’s image just weeks before the start of the highly anticipated Ashes series.
“Unfortunately David Warner has tarnished the whole Australia cricket team,” Vaughan told BBC Sport. “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.”
Warner has been in the media spotlight over the past month as well as he was fined for his Twitter tirade against two News Limited journalists.
However, Warner isn’t the only culprit to be in the limelight lately as Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, Usman Khawaja and James Pattinson were all dropped for the third Test against India at Mohali after they failed to complete a homework assignment set by then coach Mickey Arthur.
“In India a few months ago they would definitely have felt it couldn’t get any worse and you come to England and it’s a clean slate,” Vaughan said. “People will say the management isn’t strong enough but what does the management do when someone swings at an opposing player at 02:00 or 03:00?
“It’s nothing that a coach or a captain can stop, it’s down to that one individual acting in an irresponsible manner.”