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Warner stands by Hughes inquest testimony

AAP logoAAP 4/11/2016 Rob Forsaith

David Warner has offered a staunch defence of his testimony at the inquest into the death of Phillip Hughes, insisting he heard no sledging during the Sheffield Shield game in which the opener was felled.

NSW coroner Michael Barnes released his findings into the death of Hughes on Friday.

Mr Barnes didn't make a formal recommendation regarding sledging but pondered "why such a beautiful game would need such an ugly underside".

"Repeated denials of any remarks having occurred in the game in which Phillip Hughes was injured were difficult to accept," the state coroner added.

Australia vice-captain Warner was among the players to testify at the inquest that no sledging took place, going so far as to say "since I played I haven't heard anything in Shield cricket".

"I'm happy with my testimony," Warner said in Perth, where he is currently featuring in the first Test between Australia and South Africa.

"The umpires said the same thing, that there was no sledging out there.

"I'll stick to my word that there was no sledging out there.

"We have to respect what they handed down and respect what their thoughts are as well and us as cricket and Cricket Australia, our thoughts and respects are still with the Hughes family."

Regarding the broader issue of sledging in cricket, Warner was also forthright.

The hard-hitting opener suggested there wasn't "any in the game at the moment at all".

"If I go back four or five years ago when I used to dish it out, a bit yeah maybe," Warner joked.

"We're all adults and when we're on the field we know what line not to cross and whether you're touching the player or you attack them personally (that isn't on).

"Direct threats to any player ... that's totally gone. I don't even know if that was in the game. I've never been pointed at and said any words of any malice."

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