ECB chief says Warner row brought CA, England authorities `closer together`

Updated: Jun 20, 2013, 10:10 AM IST

London: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive David Collier has said that the aftermath of the David Warner incident has brought the Australian and English cricketing authorities closer together.

Warner punched England batsman Joe Root in a Birmingham bar following England`s ICC Champions Trophy win over their old rivals at Edgbaston and was subsequently suspended until the first Ashes Test on July 10 and fined 7,000 pounds by Cricket Australia (CA).

Impressed by the speed of CA`s action, Collier claimed that both bodies were in unison regarding the actions taken against Warner, adding that neither of them condones that type of incident.

Collier further said that behind the scenes there were proper discussions between the two teams as a result of the incident in terms of positive relationships and agreements, adding that both the bodies have agreed that is not the way they want the Ashes series to go.

According to Collier, the events have been put behind by both England and Australia, adding that there are some lessons that have to be learnt and that have been learnt.

With Warner missing for their remaining two group matches, Australia were eliminated from the ongoing Champions Trophy tournament and the former Durham player will also miss tour matches against Somerset and Worcestershire before the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.