<br /> <div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Ashes 2013: David Warner says he needed to be dropped after pub brawl" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130716131051.jpg" title="Ashes 2013: David Warner says he needed to be dropped after pub brawl" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> David Warner was suspended for punching England batsman Joe Root in a Birmingham bar © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Pretoria: Jul 25, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/David-Warner/post" target="_blank">David Warner</a> has said he needed to be dropped from the Australian Test squad following his pub brawl with <a href="/tags/Joe-Root/post" target="_blank">Joe Root</a> during which the Aussie landed a punch at the Englishman.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/David-Warner-could-face-action-over-alcohol-related-incident-in-England/27781" target="_blank">Warner's ban over the incident</a> that took place in a Birmingham pub during the Champions Trophy cost him his place in the first two Tests at Trent Bridge and Lord's.<br /> <br /> But he is back in contention for a recall in the third Test at Old Trafford after his 193 during the ongoing unofficial Test match against South Africa A in Pretoria.<br /> <br /> "Sitting on the sidelines and copping that punishment and not being selected it was a thing that I needed," Warner was quoted as saying by '<em>ESPNcricinfo</em>'.<br /> <br /> "I definitely needed a kick up the bum. It was my own fault the incident that happened. My job was then to support our players, support the rest of the group and do everything I could to help them prepare for the games. I did that and I know the other guys on the tour did the same thing. We've all been working very hard," he added from <a href="/tags/South-Africa/post" target="_blank">South Africa</a>.<br /> <br /> Warner was sent on the Australia A tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa after being left out of the Trent Bridge Test as <a href="/tags/CA/post" target="_blank">Cricket Australia</a> (CA) felt the opener needed some time in the middle.<br /> <br /> Warner impressed by surviving for more than five hours at the crease here, against a South Africa A attack boasting the promising pace pairing of Kyle Abbott and Marchant de Lange.