David Warner says Ben Stokes let England down while he'll be fit for Ashes first Test

21 November 2017, 06:35

David Warner has accused Ben Stokes of letting England down after insisting he would beat a neck injury to play for Australia in the Ashes first Test in Brisbane.

Star all-rounder Stokes is still at home in Durham but could take part later in the series depending on the outcome of a police investigation into a Bristol nightclub incident he was involved in.

"I think it's probably disappointing for the England team and the country," Warner said.

"He's let a lot of people down. I would have loved for him to be out here because I know what a competitor he is on the field. He's obviously a world-class player.

"If he does come out here, we wish him well and hopefully he brings the fieriness that he does to the competition and to cricket."

Asked if he thinks that should happen, Warner added: "It's obviously up to the English police first.

"But at the end of the day, he knows he's made a mistake and it's about him getting that respect back from his (fellow) players and countrymen.

"If he does come out here, we wish him well and hope he brings the fieriness to the cricket."

Warner has often been known for his provocative behaviour on the pitch - and although he has toned that down of late, he is not ruling out the occasional word or two this winter.

"I've probably mellowed over the last couple of years, since having two little kids," he said.

"(But) I think, when you're in the heat of the battle and things get a bit fiery out there, I will (still) be feisty, which is great."

Warner, skipper Steve Smith and off-spinner Nathan Lyon are the survivors of the Australian squad from that 2013-14 series that was won on the back of some intimidating fast bowling led by the now-retired Mitchell Johnson.

The opener hurt his neck during a fielding drill on Tuesday morning in Brisbane and received immediate treatment.

He went for batting practice but only faced two balls before leaving the nets and gave himself 48 hours to recover before the Gabba opener.

"My neck is quite stiff," the Australia vice-captain said. "I'm getting a bit of treatment at the moment and hopefully it settles down. I don't think a sore neck is going to keep me out."

The veteran opener revealed he would train again on Wednesday, hoping the problem would not interfere with his batting technique.

"If I'm not able to be face on, I can't angle myself and I'll get out... get bad habits," he said. "That's not what I want training to be like."