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Australia batsman David Warner. Picture: REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Australia batsman David Warner. Picture: REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Australia batsman David Warner. Picture: REUTERS/Paul Hackett

DAVID WARNER (pictured) last night issued a grovelling apology for the punch which landed him with an €8,000 (AU$11,500) fine and a suspension until the start of the Ashes.

Warner has been banned from the rest of Australia's Champions Trophy campaign and the build-up matches to this summer's all-important Ashes series.

The batsman admitted drinking at two separate bars in Birmingham on Saturday night following Australia's 48-run defeat to England at Edgbaston.

The 26-year-old then punched England batsman Joe Root square in the face.

Warner refused to be drawn on the circumstances that led to him attacking the Yorkshire batsman, but he was more forthcoming with an apology.

In front of a packed hotel conference room in central London, Warner sat beside a clearly annoyed Australia captain Michael Clarke and said: "I struck Joe Root in the face, I'm here today to put my hand up and apologise publicly to Joe.

"I am responsible for my actions, extremely remorseful. I have let not just my team-mates down, but the Cricket Australia fans, the support staff, myself, my family, I'm sincerely apologetic."

Cricket Australia revealed the level of punishment after finding the player guilty of breaking its code of conduct for the second time in three weeks.

Warner was fined for an expletive-laden tirade at journalists last month.


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