David Warner played the pantomime villain to perfection!

Animosity for Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting in England turned to grudging admiration. Warner's Test career is in its infancy and the only way is forward.

updated: August 03, 2013 16:55 IST
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It took almost four sessions for the Old Trafford crowd to get what they had been waiting for. For over a day of the third Ashes Test in Manchester, Steven Smith and Michael Clarke in particular had denied those seated, standing or blocking the batsmen's eyeline the opportunity to give David Warner a 'reception' normally reserved for Scousers at Old Trafford. On Friday morning, Smith obliged, top-edging a Graeme Swann delivery to Jonny Bairstow at mid-wicket.

And out came David Warner to a cacophony of boos…

With a wry smile on his zinc-parched lips Warner walked to the crease as the Barmy Army were alternating between boos and 'Root' - both of which sound excruciatingly similar! As Warner trundled to the pitch, he crossed paths with Joe Root, who was trying to look as intimidating as his boyish features would allow him to. The English players would later confirm that no words were exchanged between the pair.

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