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Was Warner defending Amla?

2013-06-13 10:29
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Cape Town - Australian batsman David Warner's altercation with England's Joe Root was reportedly sparked by a row over a fake beard.

Warner is set to face a disciplinary hearing after a physical altercation with Root in a Birmingham pub following England's Champions Trophy win over Australia at the weekend.

According to The Telegraph's website, Warner threw a punch at Root after he put a green and gold coloured wig on his head and moved it on to his chin.

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Sources indicate Warner lost his temper, believing Root was impersonating and ridiculing Proteas batsman Hashim Amla, who has a large beard.

However, England officials have vehemently denied the claim, insisting Root was poking fun at himself over jibes from team-mates that he is too young to grow facial hair.

Warner's hearing with Cricket Australia takes place via teleconference on Thursday and it could see him sent home from the Champions Trophy tournament.

He was dropped from Australia's rain-marred no result match against New Zealand in Birmingham on Wednesday but carried drinks on to the field at Edgbaston as 12th man.


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