Oz batsman axed after 'bar spat'

Australian batsman David Warner has been left out of his side's Champions Trophy clash with New Zealand after an alleged "small physical altercation" with an England opponent in a Walkabout bar in Birmingham.

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  1. Richard Pallot - ITV News Correspondent

David Warner picked on the baby of the England team

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.

Cricket fan: I saw David Warner in Walkabout

Cricket fan Adam Wilbourn told ITV Central he was in the bar where cricketers David Warner and Joe Root had an alleged altercation on Saturday night.

Adam Wilbourn is a cricket fan and radio presenter Credit: ITV Central

The radio presenter had his photograph taken with England players Root, Stuart Broad and others, and also saw many of the Australian team, including Warner, arrive at the Walkabout bar in Birmingham.

Bar: Warner and Root had 'small altercation'

David Warner allegedly attacked Joe Root at a Birmingham nightclub Credit: PA

A Birmingham bar has revealed there was an "altercation" between David Warner and English cricketer Joe Root in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The Walkabout, an Australian-themed nightspot in the city centre, released a statement after Warner was dropped by Australian selectors following reports he attacked an England player.

"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," the statement read.

Walkabout bar on Broad Street, Birmingham where the altercation took place Credit: ITV Central

"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."

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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.


England player 'did not retaliate' to Warner attack

The England and Wales Cricket Board said David Warner has apologised for attacking an England player, reported by Australian media to be batsman Joe Root:

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

Warner launched 'unprovoked attack' on England player

The ECB said that Australia batsman David Warner launched an "unprovoked physical attack" on an England player in a nightclub.

David Warner has been axed from Australia's next match Credit: AAP Image/Dean Lewins

"Following a statement issued this morning by Cricket Australia, 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," said an ECB statement.

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