David Warner apologises for attack on England batsman Joe Root

Australia batsman David Warner on Thursday apologised to Joe Root after punching the England batsman in a Birmingham bar during the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy.

David Warner told a news conference: “I am here today to put my hand up and apologise to Joe. I’ve let my team-mates, family and everyone down”.

David Warner said he had exchanged text messages with Root and that his apology had been accepted.

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Earlier Thursday, David Warner has been suspended until the first Ashes Test match for an alleged attack on England batsman Joe Root in a bar.

David Warner, was also fined £7,000 (AU $11,500) after the incident, which took place in Birmingham on Sunday morning. He will now miss the remainder of his country’s Champions Trophy campaign.

David Warner will also be absent for tour matches against Somerset and Worcestershire, but can play in the first Ashes Test on 10 July.

England and Australia players were in the Walkabout pub in the early hours of Sunday when opening batsman Warner is alleged to have struck England batsman Root.

The Australian, who has played in 19 Test matches for his country, was dropped for Australia’s Champions Trophy game against New Zealand on Wednesday as a punishment.

He could have been sent home from the tour after pleading guilty to a charge of “unbecoming behaviour”. His suspension means he will not be allowed to play until the five-Test Ashes series begins at Trent Bridge.

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