The Investec Ashes August 2, 2013

"He loves being the villain"

ESPNcricinfo staff
David Warner's decision to review an obvious edge off his bat to Jonathan Trott, has been met with much ridicule and criticism from the fans, pundits and players alike, and his eventual dismissal was met with a wave of boos from the Old Trafford faithful

David Warner's decision to review an obvious edge off his bat to Jonathan Trott, has been met with much ridicule and criticism from the fans, pundits and players alike, as his eventual dismissal was met with a wave of boos from the Old Trafford faithful. Barney Ronay, writing for the Guardian, tries to find some logic behind Warner's actions.

Perhaps Warner hoped vaguely some gremlin in the DRS would gum the works in his favour. The easier conclusion is that his judgment, such as it is, had been mangled by the fevered nature of his reception at the wicket: not just from the crowd but also from Joe Root who walked uncomfortably close before Warner had faced his first ball and seemed to be offering some helpful words of advice on high summer conditions at Old Trafford. Increasingly that initial sense of bafflement over Warner's choice of late-night victim - Really? Little Rooty? - seems less obviously clear-cut.

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