David Warner squarely in Barmy Army's sights

GREG BUCKLE
Last updated 19:56 28/11/2013
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IN THEIR SIGHTS: David Warner is set to be a target of taunts from the Barmy Army.

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David Warner is getting under the skins of the England players and the Barmy Army has put him in their sights.

Warner's century in the first test in Brisbane last week, and more importantly his accusation against Jonathan Trott that his batting was weak, have made him public enemy No 1 for the Poms.

England coach Andy Flower has been critical of Warner, whose comments against Trott came before the tourists announced their No 3 batsman would return home because of a stress-related illness.

Barmy Army trumpeter Billy Cooper says the army will use this week's two-day game against a Chairman's XI in Alice Springs starting on Friday as a chance to work on some new material.

"Certainly David Warner is the number one target," Cooper told reporters at Traeger Park on Thursday, as the army prepared for a Twenty20 match against an Indigenous XI.

Following Warner's bar-room fight with England batsman Joe Root during the Ashes tour of the UK mid year, the army seized on the moment.

"We were giving him all that stuff about picking on poor young Joe Root so we were giving him a lot of 'Rocky'," Cooper said, breaking into a rendition of the tune.

"We'll be giving him some more of that.

"We're going to be coming up with stuff while we're here in Alice Springs.

"There will be some lyrics but it's a work in progress.

"Warner has upset a few of the team maybe. We wouldn't be doing our job properly if we didn't give him a bit of stick."

Cooper was evicted from the Gabba in 2006 and arrested for playing the "Neighbours" theme and was banned from the Trent Bridge test during the 2013 Ashes series.

England players Stuart Broad and Kevin Pietersen tweeted their support for Cooper at the time of the Trent Bridge incident, saying he lifts the team and the crowd.

"I would never be in a position to criticise someone for sledging because essentially our role, if we can get on top of some of the Australian players and put them off a bit, then we can help our team in that way," Cooper said.

However Cooper says it was a bit much for Australia's Michael Clarke to be sledging tailender Jimmy Anderson and suggested a specialist batsman like Pietersen would be a more suitable target.

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