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Lehmann Supports 'Aggressive Character' Warner

Australia head coach Darren Lehmann says that David Warner and his team-mates have his support to continue to adopt an aggressive approach to the game.

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His comments come after Warner was fined 50 per cent of his match fee following a confrontation with Rohit Sharma during the tri-series One-Day International in Melbourne.

Warner was unhappy after India had taken a run following an overthrow and had to be removed from the confrontation by the umpires.

But far from apologising for his player's behaviour, Lehmann instead backed Warner's "aggressive character".

"If the ICC (International Cricket Council) decide it's not in the spirit of the game or we crossed the line then you know they will come down on us we all know that so we've just got to make sure we're always going to teeter pretty close to it that's the way we play but we've just got to make sure we don't cross it," he said.

Warner, one of Australia's most talented batsmen, has a history of on and off-field incidents where he has fallen foul of authority.

He was fined and suspended after punching England's Joe Root at a nightclub in 2013.

He was fined for comments made about South Africa's AB de Villiers in February 2014 and he was disciplined in 2013 by Cricket Australia for an angry Twitter tirade against some Australian journalists.

Nevertheless, Lehmann remains supportive of the way that Warner plays the game.

"David (Warner) is an aggressive character and we support that, it's just making sure he does the right things on the ground and he knows that anyway better than most so we'll work with him with that," he said.

"We've just got to be obviously really mindful of the game of cricket.

"It's important entertainment spectacle for people around the world so we've got to make sure we play hard and fair but people don't cross the line," he added.

Australia are next in action when they take on England in Hobart on Friday 23rd January.

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