Australia celebrate in the SCG sheds after the fifth Test. Picture: Phil Hillyard
Australia celebrate in the SCG sheds after the fifth Test. Picture: Phil Hillyard

Warner’s headache over hangover accusations

CRICKET: David Warner has hit back at suggestions Australia celebrated its Ashes victory too hard and is lacking motivation for the one-day series against England.

Australia will be looking to bounce back from Sunday's shock loss to England in Friday's second ODI match at the Gabba.

The home side was humbled in Melbourne despite posting a more-than-competitive total of 8-304, with England opener Jason Roy belting a magnificent 180.

After claiming a dominant 4-nil Ashes victory, the Australian Test team celebrated at a Sydney pub.

Six Test players featured in the 50-over loss to England, prompting suggestions Australia were suffering an Ashes hangover.

But Warner said Australia's celebrations were far from over-the-top and the team was desperate to win the five-match ODI series.

David Warner fell cheaply at the MCG.
David Warner fell cheaply at the MCG.

"As Steve (Smith, captain) said, you've got to celebrate your wins," the Aussie opener said.

"It was a long summer for us and to play the way we did and beat England 4-nil, everyone deserves to go out and celebrate.

"If people think it was over-the-top then that's their own opinion. For us, you get one day to sum up (celebrate) a summer and I think we did it in the right sense.

"It's irrelevant about an Ashes series (just being played). No matter what series it is, we're up and about.

"We're playing another game for Australia. It's what we grew up wanting to do.

"We're professional athletes. There is no excuse for anyone not to be up in my mind.

"We always put our best foot forward and give 100 per cent every time we walk on the field."

Shaun Marsh (L) was snapped smoking during celebrations in Sydney’s East.
Shaun Marsh (L) was snapped smoking during celebrations in Sydney’s East.

England batsman Jonny Bairstow said Australia had earned the right to celebrate its Ashes domination.

"So they should," he said.

"I'm sure if it was the other way around it would've been exactly the same, before midnight of course (in reference to England's curfew).

"Geez, if you can't celebrate winning the Ashes I'm not sure what you can celebrate, other than your wedding or something like that."

Australia's task has been made tougher with key duo Tim Paine and Josh Hazlewood battling illness and missing Wednesday's training session.

Wicketkeeper Paine has been struck down with gastro while Hazlewood was reportedly struggling with a virus.

Of the two, Paine is considered more likely to play with Jhye Richardson on standby for Hazlewood, who was set to replace rested quick Pat Cummins.

Warner said Australia would gain confidence returning to the Gabba, a ground that has yielded plenty of success.

"You're always confident as an Australian batsman when you come and look at this wicket," he said.

"It's always got good bounce and carry for the bowlers and there are big square boundaries which the bowlers can use to their advantage.

"You try and keep it in the back of your mind that this ground has always worked well in Australia's favour.

"When we come here we come with confidence because we try to make it our fortress in all formats."



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