Joe Root fires early Ashes warning to David Warner

Joe Root has warned David Warner he is in for a hostile reception if he is part of the Australian touring party to England for the 2019 Ashes.

Warner, who was identified as the main perpetrator behind the ball-tampering scandal which shamed Aussie cricket during their tour to South Africa earlier this year, is currently serving a ban for his part in the saga.

But he is permitted to play grade cricket and walked off part-way through his innings of 157 for Randwick-Petersham against Western Suburbs because he was being sledged.

Warner, a notorious sledger on the international stage, thought the barbs from Jason Hughes, brother of tragic former Aussie opener Phillip, had crossed a line.

But England skipper Root has warned his rival he will need to be prepared for grief from the stands if he is selected next year.

"I’m sure he will have to accustom himself to what might be a slightly hostile environment from the English public," he said.

"I wouldn’t wish that upon anyone, but time will tell as to what happens."

On Warner walking off in the grade fixture, Root added: "It is something you don’t see very often. But unless you know exactly what went on out there you can’t say if it was a justified thing or not.

"You don’t know what was said and you don’t know what was involved and what happened out there."

Root and Warner were involved in an infamous incident in the summer of 2013 in the Walkabout bar in Birmingham.

Warner punched Root as both men went out drinking following England’s Champions Trophy victory over Australia at Edgbaston.

Speaking about the incident two years later, Warner admitted: "I probably let my aggression and alcohol take over.”

Prior to his ban, Warner scored 6,363 Test runs in 74 matches at an average of 48.2, including 21 centuries.

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