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On This Day: David Warner suspended for altercation with Joe Root

On This Day: David Warner suspended for altercation with Joe Root
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The Australia batsman was banned from all cricket up to the first Ashes Test that summer and fined almost £7,000.

David Warner paid a heavy price for a late-night drinking session with his Australia team-mates at the Champions Trophy in Birmingham in 2013.

Warner was fined almost £7,000 and suspended from all cricket up to the first Ashes Test that summer after he got into an altercation with Joe Root, who was then England's vice-captain.

England had beaten Australia the previous day but it was in the early hours of June 9 at the Walkabout Bar, an Australian-themed pub, where tempers boiled over.

Joe Root, left, and David Warner
David Warner, right, was banned and fined over his bar-room incident with Joe Root (Nick Potts/PA)

Root was wearing a green and gold Australia wig like a beard and Warner took offence, revealing in an interview two years later that he believed there were racist connotations to Root's actions.

Warner told the Sydney Morning Herald in 2015: "I probably let my aggression and alcohol take over."

A scuffle broke out between the two players and Warner was later punished by Cricket Australia, with Root escaping any sanction from the England and Wales Cricket Board.

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Warner (left) and Steve Smith were both banned over Sandpapergate (Mike Egerton/PA)

Root became England Test captain in 2017 and has led the side ever since but Warner has served another ban, following the ball-tampering incident in March 2018 during Australia's third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

Warner was banned for a year by CA from all international and domestic cricket, and also sacked by his IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad, after he was found to have formulated a plan to tamper with the ball and also instructed Cameron Bancroft how to do it and later to have misled match officials over his involvement.

Bancroft, captain Steve Smith and Warner, who was vice-captain at the time, were all banned but have since returned to the game.

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GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

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· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
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TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
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HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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