14 Jun 2013

Warner denies he has drinking problem

12:50 pm on 14 June 2013

The Australian batsman David Warner has denied he has a drinking problem but admits he was consuming alcohol and acting aggressively when he punched England rival Joe Root in the face in a Birmingham nightclub last weekend.

Warner was fined $13,500 and suspended for a month, meaning he won't play for Australia again until the Ashes series, starting on July the 10th.

Warner held a media conference to make an all-inclusive apology for his part in the incident after Australia's loss to England in the Champions Trophy tournament.

British media reported that the incident was triggered by Root wearing a fancy dress wig in Australia's green-and-gold colours as a beard.