June 12, 2013
A neutral game, even one involving the trans-Tasman rivals, didn't quite get the crowds flocking to Birmingham. But the action was furious off the field. You couldn't look anywhere on Twitter and not be punched in the face by a David Warner joke.
If David Warner punched an English player in the face I'd assume his fist bounced off the edge and clocked someone standing at gully.— phillutton (@phillutton) June 12, 2013
Rumours flew thick and fast, like Warner's recent spate of outside edges. The details remained sketchy. Joe Root's name began to do the rounds. There were mentions of fancy dress and a wig.
I wonder what Trott did to make Warner punch Root?— Kim (@countycricketkj) June 12, 2013
As @joeroot05 is only 12 I presume Warner was trying to steal his homework ..!!!— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 12, 2013
If David Warner can't handle his drink, he should stick to Root beer.— Rooshabh Doshi (@Doshmeisterr) June 12, 2013
Some sane voices asked for patience until all the details emerged.
Stats are seldom kind when you are out of form. Both on and off the field.
David Warner's blood alcohol content higher than his batting average. #DavidWarner— adam rozenbachs (@arozenbachs) June 12, 2013
Warner's recent stats don't make good reading: 12 nights out, 4.21 pints drinking ave, 7 punches thrown, 1 landed (overturned by DRS)— Richie Benaud (@RichieBenaud_) June 12, 2013
What impact would the punch-up have on the only cricket series that matters?
I think the only punishment fitting for @davidwarner31 is to make him play in the ashes ! Banning him is letting him off #5-0— fred (@flintoff11) June 12, 2013
England fans around the country keeping fingers crossed David Warner is not dropped for the Ashes.— Sam Peters (@Sam_sportsnews) June 12, 2013
No Warner, no Michael Clarke, and Daniel Vettori playing two games on the trot - auspicious start to the day for New Zealand. What impact would Vettori have on the game?
A big day for Luke Ronchi, who was playing against his former team for the first time.
Australia chose to bat, and their off-field problems carried onto the field. Shane Watson fell early, and Phil Hughes - who kept edging to Martin Guptill in the slips back in 2011 - found a new way to succumb to his nemesis. It's a pity Kerry O' Keeffe didn't have a ready quip this time around.
Haha guess who ran out Hughes! Guptil can get him out even without Chris Martin!— Michael Wagener (@Mykuhl) June 12, 2013
George Bailey and Matthew Wade pushed it around, till the first big highlight of the game - the drinks break.
Warner running drinks for the Aussies… or as he calls it, "coming back with a round". #CT13— Matt Coleman (@MrMColeman) June 12, 2013
Soon after resumption, Wade was given out twice after being hit on the pads in front of middle and off.
That was a worse review than the progressive jazz opera got in Greymouth.— Michael Wagener (@Mykuhl) June 12, 2013
Adam Voges joined Bailey to repair the innings. Both batsmen worked their way to fifties, and briefly shifted twitter's focus away from punchgate.
Australia have a Misbah too. Care for some Bailey's?— ali khurshid (@alikhurshid) June 12, 2013
After 23 ODIs, Bailey averages over 45, and strikes in the low 80s. Right man to carry forward Australia's rich legacy?
Ian Chappell tells host of Half-time Huddle to "wash your mouth out" for mentioning George Bailey in same breath as Ponting, Gilly & Hayden.— Peter Della Penna (@PeterDellaPenna) June 12, 2013
After Bailey's exit, Mitchell McClenaghan struck twice to thwart Australia's late surge.
Lightening doesn't strike twice but McClenaghan does. :/— Shariq Bin Nasim (@Genio_Pazzo) June 12, 2013
Slogging responsibilities fell on Glenn Maxwell's shoulders.
What does Glenn Maxwell do now, swing the bat and risk getting out or bat conservatively and risk getting out? #ausvnz— Doctor Fiveball (@DoctorFiveball) June 12, 2013
He managed to land a few big hits though, to take Australia to 243.
Nita Ambani quickly calls up Kumble and says, we should buy Maxwell again for the next season. The bench gets up and commits suicide. #CT13— LOL SPORTS (@LOL_SPORTS) June 12, 2013
Right. Off to bed. Will assume Xavier bowls us to victory.Ha! No, of course not. But, on the positive side, (insert Warner joke) #AUSvNZ— Fake Nathan Hauritz (@FakeHauritz) June 12, 2013
New Zealand's chase began under the constant threat of rain. Mitchell Johnson's arrival at the bowling crease presented a new angle to the day's big news.
If Warner was trying to steal the wig to give to Mitchell Johnson, he deserves our praise not condemnation. #CT13— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) June 12, 2013
His action continued to be a source of much mirth.
Why is Mitchell Johnson swinging his wrists like a disabled T-Rex in his run up?— Antoinette M (@mspr1nt) June 12, 2013
Clint McKay dismissed Martin Guptill and Luke Ronchi in quick succession. Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson progressed slowly. But the action continued to be engaging. If you looked hard enough.
The drizzle eventually became heavy enough to interrupt play. It was one of those persistent drizzles that soaked up the covers, and made philosophers out of twitterati.
What do they know of snorkeling who only snorkeling know?— Erik Petersen (@ErikPetersen) June 12, 2013
The Duckworth-Lewis sheets began to do the rounds, with the possibility of New Zealand having to chase a steep target in just five more overs.
Unpredictable, irascible, and I'll always be wrong. Just like women, I will *never* understand Duckworth-Lewis. @Juandre217— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 12, 2013
But rain ended up drowning the match - the first washout of the tournament.
Match abandoned due to it being England and what not.— Burton DeWitt (@bsd987) June 12, 2013
There were positives for Australia to take out of the game.
Huge result for Australia today. They didn't lose! #ct13— JamesM (@sunnyjim123) June 12, 2013
And a lesson for the upcoming matches.
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