David Warner, wife Candice targeted by English cricket fans
The chant even refers to his alleged fling with his wife, Candice who was then reportedly engaged to rugby player Sonny Bill Williams in 2008.
Published - Nov 23, 2017 9:14 pm | Updated - Nov 23, 2017 9:14 pm
With the onset of Ashes 2017-18, it revived one of the most popular groups of English supporters and fanatics of the sport, the Barmy Army. Co-founded by Dave Peacock, the group is a vocal bunch that follows the England cricket team on their overseas tours. They are best known for their innovative chants against their opposition, usually finding inspiration from popular songs and giving it a Barmy Army twist.
However, the cricket frenzy group has come up with a new chant which could be overheard from the stands as the first Ashes Test got underway in Brisbane on Thursday. The chants were targeted at Aussie vice-captain David Warner, making references to his ill-famed bar-run with Joe Root that saw him being dropped by the Australian team.
The chant even refers to his alleged fling with his wife, Candice who was then reportedly engaged to rugby player Sonny Bill Williams in 2008. Warner married Candice in 2015.
Barmy Army’s verbal battering, especially the Australians is so vigorous, that it had even forced Mitchell Johnson to an Ashes meltdown in 2010-11. The group targets everything from a player’s past to their personal choices; even their relationships are not spared.
Targeting Warner was a pre-planned response
The group’s leader, however, has conceded that targeting Warner was no coincidence. It was pre-planned and orchestrated in response to Warner’s jibes against Ben Stokes’ recent drunken altercation back home. He had further angered the English fans by comparing the Ashes series to a ‘war’.
The Aussie left-hander had reportedly even gone on to state that Root and Jonathan Trott had ‘scared eyes’ when the two teams faced off in Gabba in 2013, naturally incurring the wrath of the Barmy Army.
The chant is an alteration of the song ‘We’ll Take The Urn Home’ chant and it goes:
“Davie Warner is over the hill
Came second to Sonny Bill
He’ll only pick a fight with men in a wig
When he opens his gob
We think he’s a knooooob
With Root our captain we’ll take the urn home”