Stokes write these things to sell books – Tim Paine defends David Warner
Ben Stokes has said in his new book, On Fire: My Story of England’s Summer To Remember, that Warner constantly sledged him during his match-winning innings at Headingley in the Ashes. So that the stubbornness of winning the match for his team was even higher. Dismissing Stokes’ claim, Paine said that the England all-rounder had been making all these controversies for selling his books. There was nothing like that.
Earlier in August, England were in front of losing the match in the third Test of the Ashes series after they bundled out for just 67 runs in the first innings. But Stokes’ unbeaten 135 in the second inning gave the team an incredible win.
The Australian captain said, “That day I was standing next to David [David warner] all the time in the field. Speaking on the cricket field is not forbidden. So he was talking. But he didn’t sledge Stokes at all.”
“In England, it has become a very popular trend now to use the name Davie (Warner) to sell books. So to those who are doing it, I wish you many good wishes.”
The Australian captain rather praised Warner for the way he had handled England’s supporters on the field, despite repeated jokes. “I was right next to Warner. I have no problem with him. The way Warner kept himself calm has to be appreciated. It should be kept in mind, however, that he was not getting big runs in the series. So I think he did pretty well with his behavior throughout the series.
“They write these things to increase the sales of books. We will work on our own. What Ben and England want to do is completely their own matter,” Paine said.