Warner axed over "physical altercation"

David Warner has been left out of Australia's cricket team over an alleged "physical altercation" with an England player in Birmingham.

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David Warner picked on the baby of the England team

by Richard Pallot - ITV News Correspondent

Unusually for these kind of episodes, we know pretty much exactly what happened. A bunch of Australian and England cricketers went out to a bar in Birmingham after their match on Saturday.

At about 2am, David Warner threw a punch at one of the England players. It was completely unprovoked, and the man he picked on was the baby of the England team - 22-year-old Joe Root.

The Walkabout bar where Warner and Root had an altercation Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Warner has since apologised to Root in person and both sides say the matter is over, while Root was training at the Oval earlier and he looked OK.

The fact that Warner was seen carrying the drinks for his team-mates today suggests to me he'll be staying on the tour ahead of the Ashes.

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Walkabout confirms Joe Root involved in David Warner incident

The Walkabout bar chain have released a statement confirming an incident took place at their bar in Birmingham involving Australian cricketer David Warner and England batsman Joe Root.

"David Warner and Joe Root were in our VIP area between 1.30am and 2.30am on Sunday along with several other England and Australia team members. None of the group seemed to have been drinking to excess, and all were just having a good time.

"There was a small altercation between Warner and Root, but this was dealt with very amicably and quickly by the rest of the group, and both were calmly chatting to each other again immediately afterwards. They all left a short while later, and the small bar tab was picked up by David Warner."

– Walkabout Statement

England cricket stars with revellers in Walkabout

Stuart Broad and Joe Root pose for photos with cricket fan in Birmingham's Walkabout bar Credit: Adam Wilbourn

England cricketers Stuart Broad and Joe Root posed for photos with fans in Walkabout on Broad Street in Birmingham on Saturday night before an England player was assaulted.

It's alleged that after these photos were taken an altercation took place between Australian David Warner and Joe Root (pictured right), although the ECB have yet to confirm which England player was involved.

An investigation is underway by the Australian Cricket Board.

Police were 'not called' to Warner incident

West Midlands Police have said "they were not called to an incident" involving cricketers at the Walkabout Bar in Birmingham in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A statement from both the Australian and England Cricket Boards said an altercation between David Warner and an England player took place at "in a Birmingham bar."

It is understood members of both teams were in the Walkabout Australian theme bar in Broad Street at some point on Saturday evening.

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Birmingham bar at centre of cricket assault

Australian Batsman David Warner is being investigated by Cricket Australia after an "unprovoked physical attack" on an England player - believed to be Joe Root at a bar in Birmingham.

Walkabout bar on Broad Street in Birmingham where altercation took place Credit: ITV News Central

The incident took place in Walkabout on Broad Street in the aftermath of England's 48-run win over Australia at Edgbaston.

Altercation between Warner and England cricket player took place at bar in Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central

ECB confirm Warner bar incident

The England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed an incident took place in a bar in Birmingham between Australian batsmen David Warner and an England player, believed to be Joe Root.

"...The England and Wales Cricket Board confirms that David Warner initiated an unprovoked physical attack on a member of the England team in a Birmingham bar following England's 48 run victory over Australia. Warner has admitted behaving inappropriately and has since apologised to the player involved who has accepted the apology. Following a full investigation the England team management has concluded that the England player was in no way responsible for nor retaliated to the attack. ECB has concluded that this is a matter for Cricket Australia and have no further comment to make."

– ECB statement
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