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Got emotional after the personal remark made on wife, reveals David Warner

"I would have liked him to actually say the comment a little bit louder" - Warner.

David Warner
Australian cricketer David Warner and Candice. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Australia vice-captain David Warner was charged by the ICC after the left-hander accepted the charges for his altercation with South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton De Kock. Warner was fined 75% of his match fees and was handed 3 demerit points for his actions which came to notice when a CCTV footage was leaked by a news agency from South Africa.

31-year-old Warner for the first time spoke about the incident where he suggested that he responded emotionally to the vile and disgusting verbal sledge which was done by De Kock targeting his wife while getting in their respective dressing rooms post-tea session of the first Test. Warner had played a useful knock of 51 in the first innings of the game which the Australians went on to win and they now lead 1-0 in the 3-match Test series.

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Responded emotionally to the personal sledge

The Australian said that he felt whatever was said behind him was unnecessary targetting his wife. Warner also said that he gets such kind of comments from spectators which doesn’t bother him but something was said behind him which made him respond that way.

“I cop it left, right and center, especially off the field from spectators and I’m used to that and it doesn’t bother me,” Warner said about being targeted by the spectators. “My emotional response was just something that I don’t believe should have been said and I’ll always stick up for my family and in that case my teammates as well,” Warner added to Cricket.com.au.

Warner also suggested that De Kock said something very slowly which was heard by him and Tim Paine but he later denied saying anything of that sort when other team members came to the scene.

“I would have liked him to actually say the comment a little bit louder instead of just muttering it under his breath next to me and Tim Paine and then walking up the stairs and saying ‘I didn’t say anything’ as soon as the rest of his team came out,” Warner said. He also said that as men, one should look at the eyes and say something.

Will make sure I am the voice of the team: Warner

Warner suggested that he will keep motivating his side on the field. “I’ll keep playing with that energy and making sure I am the voice in the team to keep our guys motivated on the field, that’s for sure,” said the left-hander. “I play with aggression on the field and I try not to cross that line and it has been in the past that I have sort of been fiery,” he added.

The left-hander was hopeful that such comments wouldn’t come up in the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

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