England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Old Trafford, 4th day August 4, 2013

Warner laughs at Root repeat


David Warner saw the lighter side of his dismissal on Sunday, when he sent a delivery from Tim Bresnan to deep square leg. The man who swallowed the catch was Joe Root, the same man who Warner tried to punch in a Birmingham bar during the Champions Trophy, an incident that cost Warner his place in the side for the first two Tests.

"Hooked another one to Rooty," Warner said. "Of all the people in the field ... it's quite comical now. I can't wait to read Twitter a bit later."

Warner has revelled in his role as pantomime villain during this series, his suspension having cast him as a natural for the England fans to boo whenever he walks to the wicket or chases a ball in the deep. He didn't add to his reputation with the fans by asking for a review in Australia's first innings when he clearly edged behind. But it's all a bit of a laugh to Warner.

"I'm not well liked at the moment but this morning was actually quite entertaining down there on the boundary," Warner said. "I actually liked the trumpeter playing the Rocky theme song [when he went out to bat], it was actually entertaining. I had a little chuckle. It's not every day you walk out on the field and you get booed. You've just got to embrace it, know what your job is ahead of you, and that's all I can concentrate on."

For Australia's second innings, that role was to open the batting with Chris Rogers, a curious decision given the naturally attacking method of the incumbent opener Shane Watson. Warner made 41 from 57 deliveries before he sent the catch to Root and, while he expects to remain at No. 6 in the immediate future, he said it was pleasing to have another chance at the top.

"I was told before we went out there I'd be opening just to try and get the run rate going, get us into a position where we could maybe declare early," Warner said. "I would have liked a bit more of a hurry on, and we could have bowled tonight. I love opening the batting, that's where I started my career. I'm just enjoying being back in the team. All my misdemeanours are behind me at the moment and I'm just happy to be playing cricket."

As it happened, the Australians did not get a chance to declare early, in part due to the rain and bad light and partially due to their lead not growing as quickly as they would have hoped. Warner said he had noticed the England players taking their time out on the field, reluctant to move the game too quickly, and he was confident the ICC would step in if any excessive time-wasting had occurred.

"We expected that. We knew the bowlers were going to take their time," he said. "The one they were going to review off me was a massive time-waster because they walked into a circle and said 'let's just hold back a little bit', and Broady, as well, walking from fine leg to mid-off. He took his time.

"You've just got to get into your own rhythm. You've got to keep yourself occupied out there. Me and Ussie were talking about what we were going to have for dinner tonight. You've got to try and take your mind off it and just do what you can when the bowler comes into bowl.

"The captain suffers from that [if the over rate is too slow]. He can miss a game if he's time-wasting and the overs aren't bowled in the time allocated. That will come back to bite them on the bum."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Tim on August 5, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    @Wibblewibble. Why would England do the Root chant every time Warner fields the ball?

  • Sean on August 5, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    The rocky theme when he walked out was a classic. Showing that superb barmy army humour.

  • Tom on August 5, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    He's not getting booed, what an ego on this one. They are cheering Root, not booing Warner.

  • D N on August 5, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    At the end of the day, Dravid walked off with accolades, smiles, money, fame, captaincy while he wanted it, legions of fans, tons of admirers.

    Warner could do well to take a leaf out of his book

  • parjanya on August 5, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Trust the bungling umpires to ignore the time wasting tactics and then call off the players. If the ICC doesn't watch it this series could deteriorate into a farce.By the way,the administrators are supposed to be proactive so as to nip problems in the bud,but it seems that they are in a deep slumber.

  • Raja on August 5, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    David Warner is a talent. We wanted a good cricketer and a good person behind him. So please Warner I am sure you can be both. Be a role model for all the youngsters. You can have fun being a good boy.

  • Brett on August 5, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    I'm pleased Warner can see the funny side of the mindless yob-happy booing but personally I find it offensive. Almost as offensive as England's time-wasting antics to help ensure a draw. I have never seen an Australian Test team do that and I hope I never will.

  • rienzie on August 5, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo suspended for a minor delay and yet at the Ashes Cooke and Clarke get away with more delays than a low budget airline flight schedule... You wonder!!!

  • Paul on August 5, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    Pantomime Villain? One who (allegedly) picked on the youngest, 'sweetest', least experienced member - No! Yes if he'd hit Prior or Bresnan.

    Not in the same league as Ponting - who wanted to win Ashes, and Warnie - who'd love anything to add to the theatre :)

    The umpires would perhaps do better in a pantomime?

  • Kishor on August 4, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    Wasting time is just a tactic which i am sure given a chance Aus would also employ especially when you need a draw to retain or win the ashes. iF Aus really wants to win this they should have declared at 280 and encourage england to play for a win and in doing so, Aus would have had a chance. I think 330 is still good enough, with the expected cloud cover and 5th day pitch. if eng are so good enough to chase 330 in a day on a 5th day track, then say "well played sir" and moveon but atleast Aus would have given themselves a chance to come back in the series.

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