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Australia opener David Warner has finally broken his silence on the incident that led to him taking a swing at England batsman Joe Root in a bar in Birmingham two years ago.
Warner revealed that he was deeply offended when Root took a green and gold wig off his friend’s head, but admitted that he let his emotions get the better of him.
“A mate of mine was actually wearing it on top of his head like a (Lasith) Malinga wig, that’s what it was,” Warner told the Sydney Morning Herald. “He was wearing it on his head and (Root) decided to come in and take it off my mate’s head and start acting the way he did.
“When people are drunk that’s what they do but I thought it was a bit inappropriate the way he went about that stuff so I went over and tried to take it off him.
“And he probably didn’t mean anything by it at all but I just thought … actually I can’t say I thought. I probably let my aggression and alcohol take over there and probably made an excuse for me to go over there and actually take it off him.”
Warner, who was subsequently suspended for the first two Tests of the 2013 Ashes series, which England won 3-0, also believes that the entire incident was blown out of proportion.
“I texted Joe the next morning and everything was fine,” he said. “I think the way it’s been blown up I should have asked him to get in the ring for a re-match or something.”
Warner also claimed that he saw England pace bowler Steven Finn “asleep in the gutter” when he left the bar.