Paine hits out at Stokes for 'cheap shot' at Warner

Tanya Simon
November 19, 2019

In his book, which is being serialised in a British newspaper, he claims Warner´s sledging motivated Stokes during his match-winning heroics in the third Ashes Test this year.

In the Headingley Take a look at, Ben Stokes conducted an unbeaten knock of 135 to abet England stage a thrilling comeback after being knocked over for 67 in their first innings.

And Stokes said that comments made by David Warner while he was at the crease helped inspire him to the incredible knock.

Stokes in his book titled "On fire" has claimed that Warner spurred him on during the Headingley Test. "A few of the Aussies were being quite chirpy, but in particular, David Warner seemed to have his heart set on disrupting me", Stokes had said. "It's just not one of those things I'm desperate to do", Stokes told the BBC's Today programme as quoted by PTI. "Truly. Not from him, though", Stokes has written.

Speaking ahead of Australia's Test series with Pakistan, he said: "It just seems to be a common trend in England that they like to use Davey's name to spike book sales. But by no means was he abusing him or sledging him", Paine said. Stokes mentioned that England skipper Eoin Morgan had sought out the senior gamers of the staff for his or her opinion on whether or not Hales needs to be within the staff. Stokes mentioned that the staff had learnt of the truth that Hales was lacking cricketing motion as a result of testing constructive for leisure medication exclusively by way of the newspapers.

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Paine went on to add that Warner handled himself really well during the series, especially due to the fact that he was on the end of some relentless booing from English fans.

Paine disputed the characterisation and was adamant Warner did nothing wrong. "They produce books to promote and they have to get headlines to get revenue".

"I was standing right next to him, I had absolutely no issue". "The way David managed himself through the Ashes was exceptional". "I went into all the details about my experience of what happened on the 2017-18 tour of Australia and posed the question as to whether Hales was the level of player that we could make an exception for".

Former England captain, Alastair Cook in his autobiography mentioned that the Australian opener admitted to using substance to deteriorate the condition of the ball.

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