England hero Ben Stokes says his third Ashes Test heroics were motivated by David Warner but Australia captain Tim Paine thinks it is a cheap shot.
Stokes’ incredible 135 not out helped England to one of their greatest wins as they levelled the series 1-1 at Headingley.
The 359 run chase included a last wicket stand of 76 with Jack Leach.
“He just wouldn’t shut up for most of my time out there,” Stokes wrote of Warner in his new book ‘On Fire’.
“A few of the Aussies were being quite chirpy but, in particular, David Warner seemed to have his heart set on disrupting me.
“I could accept it from just about any other opponent. Truly. Not from him, though.”
Paine was asked if it was a cheap shot by Stokes, he said: “Oh absolutely.
“It just seems to be a common trend in England that they like to use Davey’s name to spike book sales.
“I was obviously standing next to David the whole time and you are allowed to talk on the cricket field.
“But by no means was he abusing him or sledging him.”
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Warner dropped Stokes at slip during that remarkable innings, which was England’s record run chase in a Test match.
That win at Headingley levelled the series 1-1 but Australia won the fourth Test to retain the Ashes before England won the final Test to draw the series 2-2.