Controversial Australian batsman David Warner has hit out at his brother for his social media attack on all-rounder Shane Watson, saying that his brother has been given 'a good kick up the bum' by him and his parents.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Warner was told that his brother Steven had abused at Watson on Twitter, calling him 'f***ing selfish' and a 'great pretender' for wasting a review at Lord's, adding that the sooner Watson left the side, the better for the team.
Reportedly storming back into the side for the third Test at Old Trafford with a swiftly accumulated 193 for Australia A against South Africa A, Warner, who made his seventh first class century at South Africa, said that he had been taken aback by the incident and has absolved himself of all blame from the issue.
Dismissing suggestions of a disharmony between himself and Watson, particularly after Watson is widely speculated to have spilled the beans about Warner's drinking fiasco to Cricket Australia (CA), Warner also said that he and his parents have 'kicked in the bum' Steven, who he added, has deleted his Twitter account.
Having been reprimanded for his own Twitter showdown with journalists in May, Warner said that he only got to know about the incident after he was notified of it by CA high performance chief Pat Howard, adding that he was disappointed in his brother.
However, Warner also said that his baggage handler brother, a former New South Wales under-17 representative, was shattered by the incident, saying that he did not know that his opinion would be judged like that, although he added that the broadside at Watson was highly inappropriate.
According to Warner, his brother should not have been saying things like that even though he is a sports and a cricket lover, adding that he hoped that his sibling has learned from the incident and removed himself from any other social networking sites.
Supporting Watson, Warner also said that he gets along very well with his teammate and enjoys batting with him, adding that he is aware of Watson's team player attitude and support on and off the field, adding that he cannot get enough of Watson.