GIF: Was David Warner's Celebration Aimed Straight at Matt Prior?

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GIF: Was David Warner's Celebration Aimed Straight at Matt Prior?
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David Warner scored the fifth Test century of his career during the third Ashes Test between Australia and England at the WACA in Perth.

And as he celebrated, it looked suspiciously as if the show was all for England's Matt Prior.


Warner charged down the pitch holding his batting helmet and roaring—and seemingly straight at Prior. It prompted English commentators Sir Ian Botham and David Lloyd to question whether Prior was actually the initial target of his celebration.

Certainly afterwards Warner turned to the Australian dressing room and the crowd, who acknowledged what had been a fine innings, one that set up the hosts neatly to push for a victory that would see the urn return to Australia for the first time since 2006/7.

But as some pointed out on Twitter, revenge appears to be a big motivator of the Australian performance.

The pair had been seen exchanging words earlier in the innings during the television coverage, just one of several incidents between the two sets of players during a fractious series.

Of course, your view of Warner's celebration may just depend on what side you support. There were certainly Twitter users who enjoyed it:

The players were warned by match referee Jeff Crowe on the eve of the Adelaide Test over their on-field behaviour, and it remains to be seen whether Warner's conduct—particularly his exchange with Prior early in the innings—could be investigated further.

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