DAVID WARNER and his household have continued their assault on England’s cricketers together with his spouse branding Ben Stokes “disgusting”.
Aussie sledger-in-chief Warner has already likened the Ashes to battle and vowed to get below the pores and skin of Joe Root – the person he as soon as punched in a bar.
Now his spouse Candice, knowledgeable ironwoman champion and high-profile determine Down Below, has joined within the verbals with an astonishing assault on Stokes.
It got here on England’s first full day in Australia – which most gamers spent stress-free on the golf course and attempting to recover from their jet lag.
Mrs Warner mentioned: “I do know the Australian gamers would like to have Stokes out right here as a result of they need to play towards one of the best, however I don’t suppose he can come, I actually don’t.
“That footage is disgusting, it’s actually, actually unhealthy.”
The Solar’s unique video of the late-night brawl involving Stokes has been screened many instances on Aussie TV since England arrived right here on Sunday.
And the pre-Ashes confrontation reveals no signal of silencing.
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Warner loves nothing greater than ramping up the rhetoric and final week mentioned he desires to really feel “hatred” in direction of his Ashes opponents.
Subsequent got here a private message for Root when he insisted: “We’ll be testing him as a lot as we will. When he’s batting, we’ll attempt to get below his pores and skin within the area.”
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Captain Root dismissed Warner’s war analogy as “extreme” but he is no shrinking violet himself when it comes to words.
He added: “I’m looking forward to it. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of banter flying around on and off the field. It’s something you have to relish and be able at the end of your career to look back and say, ‘I gave it my best shot and I enjoyed it’.
“There’s always an edge of psychological banter in Ashes cricket. Once you’ve played in a few, you know what to expect.”
In 2013, Warner was fined £7,000, missed the remainder of that summer’s Champions Trophy and the first two Ashes Tests after taking a swing at Root in the Walkabout bar in Birmingham.
He connected with a glancing blow.
There was no police involvement in the incident.
Mrs Warner added: “David wasn’t charged when he hit Joe Root – he was banned for two games. Why wouldn’t Ben Stokes get reprimanded? This is a lot worse, this is way worse.”
Root hopes the evidence of two gay men will help Stokes as police continue a probe into the punch-up in Bristol on September 25.
Kai Berry and Billy O’Connell told The Sun that Stokes was a hero for defending them against homophobic abuse.
The ECB disciplinary commission is unlikely to decide whether Stokes will be punished until the all-rounder hears whether he will be charged. He remains unlikely to appear in the Ashes.
Aussie fast bowler Mitchell Starc says he sees holes in England’s batting because they lean so much on Alastair Cook and Root, with the likes of Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Dawid Malan and Gary Ballance unproven.
Starc took a career-best 8-73 for New South Wales against South Australia on Sunday and the Aussies believe he could wreak similar havoc to Mitchell Johnson four years ago.
Fellow left-armer Johnson took 37 wickets and terrorised the Poms in the 5-0 whitewash in 2013-14.
Starc said: “There’s a bit of inexperience in the middle-order for England, there’s been plenty made about that. They rely heavily on Cook and Root.”
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