McCullum critical of ‘petulant’ Warner

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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, generally thought to be one of the gentlemen of the game, was distinctly unimpressed with Australia batsman David Warner's reaction to Joe Root's century in Cardiff.

The England batsman scored a ton to rescue his side, and it eventually resulted in victory for England. But Root and Warner have far from a cordial relationship, and Warner refused to applaud the ton.

McCullum, who had played a Test series against England prior to the Ashes and the series was hailed as one of the better one in terms of on-field spirit, felt this was out of order from the Aussie firebrand.

McCullum wrote in the Daily Mail: "David Warner is a fine player, but I was disappointed to see some of the petulance on show in Cardiff.

"When Joe Root got his hundred, Warner just stood there with his arms folded. There was no applause.

"Some of the great Australian players – guys like Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Mike Hussey – were hard customers on the field.

"But if you had success against them, they'd go out of their way to acknowledge it. I understand the way Warner’s trying to play, but he needs to show more respect.

"He might look back on his career and have a few regrets about the way he carries on. The danger is that people won't think about his cricket as much as they should."

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