Warner: ICC are killing the fun for fans

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Australia opener David Warner is in last-chance saloon when it comes to warning from the ICC, with one more on-field incident seeing him suspended, but he feels that the new rules are killing the fun for the fans.

Warner, while toning it down in recent times, has been the chief 'banter' specialist for the Aussies, and has had altercations with a number of players, and with new stricter rules announced, he's afraid you won't be able to smile at a batsman before being fined.

Warner said in the Sydney Morning Herald: "I'm on my last warning from the ICC. These rules are being clamped down now. They're really honing in on players celebrating wickets and obviously a bit of banter on the field.
 
"If you walk towards a player the umpires are going to fine you, you've got to be smart with what you do.

"I feel that sometimes it could be taking away from the viewers, that the viewers love that. You know that when you get out there the crowd gets into it, they enjoy that stuff.

"There wasn't many people in the West Indies [for Australia's most recent Test series] but every time somebody bowled a bouncer they just loved it, they cheered. I think at the moment they're taking that away from the game a little bit."

But Warner is far more infamous for an incident off the field in 2013, when he punched England batsman Joe Root in a Birmingham bar. He says it was because he thought Root was making fun of South Africa batsman Hashim Amla, who is Muslim.

Warner, who was drunk at the time of the punch, explained: "A mate of mine was actually wearing [the wig] on top of his head like a Malinga wig, that's what it was.

"He was wearing it on his head and (Root) decided to come in and take it off my mate's head and start acting the way he did (wearing the wig as a beard).

"When people are drunk that's what they do but I thought it was a bit inappropriate the way he went about that stuff so I went over and tried to take it off him. I just think in today's society you shouldn't be fooling around with that kind of stuff.

"And he probably didn't mean anything by it. I probably let my aggression and alcohol take over there and probably made an excuse for me to go over there and actually take it off him.

"I texted Joe the next morning and everything was fine. I think the way it's been blown up I should have asked him to get in the ring for a re-match or something."

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