Taylor has defended Warner, saying his comments towards Rohit Sharma were not “racially motivated”.
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Former Australia captain Mark Taylor has gone into bat for David Warner, saying his comments directed towards India batsman Rohit Sharma were not “racially motivated”.
Warner was fined half his match fee by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after telling Sharma to “speak English” during a heated exchange between the two players in Australia’s tense Tri-Series win over the visitors in Brisbane on Sunday.
Taylor believes Warner’s comments were not racist, but still believes the star batsman could have dealt with things differently.
“Obviously David crossed a certain line because he got fined half his match fee, but I don’t think he was being racial in his comments,” Taylor told ABC’s RN Breakfast.
“There’s no doubt that David enjoys the banter on the field and enjoys the challenge and the combative nature of the game, but I think that when he got into that discussion with Rohit Sharma the other day, he wanted to hear what Rohit Sharma had to say, and that was it.”
Warner has been rested from Friday’s Tri-Series clash against England in Hobart.