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Australia's David Warner: 'I deserved to be dropped'

Warner: 'I deserved to be dropped'
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David Warner admits that he deserved to be dropped, but is happy about the playing time he is getting for Australia 'A'.

Australia batsman David Warner has admitted that he deserved to be dropped for punching England's Joe Root in a bar in the build-up to the Ashes.

Warner hit 193 runs for Australia 'A' in South Africa and said that the time at the crease would do him good for a potential return to the full setup.

"Sitting on the sidelines and copping that punishment and not being selected, it was a thing that I needed. I definitely needed a kick up the bum," he told reporters. "It was my own fault the incident that happened.

"I set myself a goal of wanting to bat three hours out there. I batted an hour in Zimbabwe and I decided here I'd just come in and be positive from the start and when the ball was there to hit, I hit it. That's how I played today and it came off.

"I hadn't really played for about 40 days so with no cricket under my belt I was fortunate enough to be sent here and get some game time in."

Australia are currently 2-0 down in the Ashes series.

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