David Warner decided to share the joke, and vowed to roll with the verbal punches from the partisan English crowd, after being caught out by his old sparring partner Joe Root yesterday.
It is open season on Warner this summer, as far as the home supporters are concerned, ever since he aimed a punch at Sheffield and England opener Root in a Birmingham bar after Australia lost to the hosts in the Champions Trophy two months ago.
The combative left-hander was suspended by Cricket Australia, and subsequently missed the first two Investec Tests at Trent Bridge and Lord’s.
On day four of the third at Emirates Old Trafford, as Australia struggled to keep the Ashes alive, Warner was shunted up to open the innings - only to end up mis-pulling Tim Bresnan to a tumbling Root at deep square-leg, nine runs short of his half-century.
Reliving the moment in his close-of-play press conference, Warner tried to defuse the embarrassment.
“Yeah, I hooked another one to Rooty,” he said, with a smile. “Out of all the people on the field...it’s quite comical. I’m just waiting to read Twitter a bit later.”
Whether or not Root, or anyone else, engages on the topic via that medium, Warner knows he will be the butt of more than his fair share of jokes for some time yet - even if the effects of the local brew means the standard of Mancunian banter has been variable.
“I’m not well-liked at the moment, but this morning was actually quite entertaining down on the boundary.
“There were a few hungover people and a few people not quite speaking what their minds were yesterday afternoon, which was fortunate.
“Come tomorrow, when I’m out on the boundary and they’re full again, I think I might cop it.”
Either way, Warner will just keep taking it all on the chin.
“I actually liked the trumpeter playing the Rocky theme song.
“It was actually entertaining for me, and I had a little chuckle.”
He accepts the situation is of his own making.
“Obviously it was all my fault,” he said. “I just have to keep embracing it.”