Australia opener David Warner has stressed his run-in with Joe Root during a night out in 2013 cannot be compared with the ongoing police investigation that Ben Stokes is at the centre of.
Stokes’ availability in this winter’s Ashes has been thrown into doubt after he was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm outside a Bristol nightclub last month.
Warner knows exactly what it is like to have your performances undermined by an incident away from the field, having been suspended for two Tests four years ago after swinging for Root at a Walkabout bar in Birmingham.
However, footage that has emerged allegedly shows Stokes pursuing a man before punching him to the ground and Warner was keen to highlight the gulf between the two incidents.
The Ashes dates
4-5 v Western Australia XI, Perth (Waca)
8-11 v Cricket Australia XI, Adelaide
15-18 v Cricket Australia XI, Townsville
23-27 1st Test, Brisbane (00:00 GMT)
2-6 2nd Test, Adelaide (d/n) (04:00 GMT)
9-10 v Cricket Australia XI, Perth (venue TBC)
14-18 3rd Test, Perth (Waca) (02:30 GMT)
26-30 4th Test, Melbourne (23:30 GMT, 25-29 Dec)
4-8 5th Test, Sydney (23:30 GMT, 3-7 Jan)
11 v Cricket Australia XI, Sydney (venue TBC)
14 1st ODI, Melbourne (03:20 GMT)
19 2nd ODI, Brisbane (04:20 GMT)
21 3rd ODI, Sydney (03:20 GMT)
26 4th ODI, Adelaide (03:50 GMT)
28 5th ODI, Perth (venue TBC) (06:20 GMT)
‘I did do my time,’ destructive opening batsman Warner told the Sydney Morning Herald. ‘It was a a lot less than what we’ve seen on that footage, that’s for sure.
‘It’s up to them what they want to do, how they punish him. First of all it’s up to the police obviously with their investigation findings to see what happens there.
‘I think everyone in the world is waiting to see what happens there and what the outcome is.’
Australia’s current Test vice-captain added: ‘I had to deal with the situation that I was dealt with. Does Cricket Australia regret that or not? I don’t know. I just copped it on the chin and moved forward.
‘One thing they didn’t have was video footage. I’d still like to know where that is.
‘That’s the different story in mine. There was no police investigation … nobody saw any footage of it. I don’t know if they even asked for footage. Everyone can only say what they heard, not what they saw.’
Warner, who has 20 centuries from 66 Test matches and averages close to 60 at home, wants his team-mates to focus on their own preparation with the England and Wales Cricket Board biding their time before making a decision on Stokes’ availability this winter.
‘From our point of view, we’ve got to come ready to play, if he is or isn’t there,’ the 30-year-old said. ‘I’ll just play it by ear as the police investigate.’