London, June 13: England captain Alastair Cook was "clearly disappointed" with the incident involving Joe Root and David Warner in a Birmingham bar and said that there was "no physical injury" to Root.
It was reported in the Biritsh media that Warner had "punched" Root after the Englishman had walked into a bar with a fake beard and wig. For the same incident, Warner was stood down from Australia-New Zealand game on Wednesday (June 12).
On the eve of England's match against Sri Lanka in the ongoing Champions Trophy on Thursday, Cook explained about the incident.
Question: As England captain have you got anything to add to what's been said already about what happened in Birmingham?
Alastair Cook: No, I don't think I have. I think that statement is a fair reflection of what happened.
Q: What is your reaction as a captain to what has happened?
Cook: Clearly disappointed that the incident happened. But after obviously investigating on our side, we are - we don't believe we've done anything wrong, so, yeah, it' a shame that it happened and it has marred probably what was a very good win for us as a one-day team. But, yeah, it's time to move on now, especially from us, and we've got a very important game that we have to play tomorrow.
Q: As a captain, as a team and as a body, are you totally satisfied that David Warner wasn't provoked in any way?
Cook: No, I mean, we've obviously done our investigation. We're very happy with that explanation.
Q: Lots of people are filling in the gaps and assuming they know what happened. Was he wearing fancy dress, a fake wig, was he wearing something that may have been deemed inappropriate?
Cook: I don't know, I wasn't there to know the exact details, so I think it's very important - the statement has gone out, and us as an England side, we've obviously investigated the matter, and we believe that we haven't done anything wrong as a player. Clearly our conduct as international players and England as a team is vitally important, and we are aware of the position we hold as players and how lucky we are and how responsible we are to wear an England shirt. It's a matter which we've have taken seriously, as well.
Q: Any young man is allowed to let off steam. I don't think we ever want a situation where players can't go out in the evening. Just in the middle of a tournament at 2:00 in the morning you're comfortable that some of your players for whatever reason were in a bar?
Cook: Yeah, I think it's not often you get to win international games, and I think when the schedule allows you, as long as it's within certain parametres which we set as a team. We didn't have training for a couple of days. Clearly if it's a back-to-back game it's a different issue. So, it's -- yeah, we had a couple days off and a couple days of training, so yeah, you don't often get those conditions in a tournament. So it's very important to do sometimes to let your hair down because to celebrate wins also builds team spirit.
Q: Tell us how Joe is. It is not often that people get into altercations in bars. How has he handled it and dealt with the situation? Is he hurt? What's his state of mind going forward?
Cook: Yeah, I think he seems fine. There's certainly no physical injury or anything like that. He's training very well. He just wants to get the matter buried and play cricket. He's an excellent young man, and he's been excellent since he's come into the England cricket team. It's unfortunate this has happened, but he wants to put it behind him, and he's a quality player, as well.
Q: Was it an official ICC function? Were many of the team there?
Cook: It wasn't an official ICC function, no. I think there were a couple members of the team there, as well, yeah. I wasn't there, so I'm hearing sort of it secondhand, as well.