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Erratic Warner admits he's no 'saint'

Australian opener David Warner has opened up about his erratic behavior and has claimed that he is no saint or angel and claimed he even doubted himself if he deserved an opportunity to represent his country following his quarrel with England batsman Joe Root.

Warner punched Root in a Birmingham pub two years ago and went on to nurture doubts about whether he deserved another chance to represent Australia. He was also involved in a "speak English" row with Indian opener Rohit Sharma during their Test series last year.

Warner revealed that the intervention of his fiancé Candice Falzon in the weeks after he was stood down from Australia’s Champions Trophy squad in 2013 saved his international career, News.com.au reported. Regarding his quarrel with Root, Warner claimed that he was just down on himself because they weren’t playing their best cricket, adding that he wasn’t playing his best cricket at the time and "it all just led into this big volcano ready to erupt".

Warner said James Sutherland called it a despicable act and said what happened was inappropriate. He admitted that he is the first person to put his hand up and say that he is no saint or angel, adding that he does nudge that line all the time, and claimed that he does live on the edge. The opener accepted that it was aggressive the way that he said it, in the manner that he said it, but he added that there was no way in the world that he was racist. He said he was asking Sharma to translate it because what the Indian was saying in his language.

Warner said that the umpire wouldn’t have understood, but added that if he was to say what Sharma said in English, the umpire would understand and he would get into trouble.


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