Ahead of his 100th Test, veteran David Warner has lashed out at Cricket Australia for failing to support him during the leadership saga, admitting that he struggled mentally during the Test series against the West Indies.
After the infamous ball-tampering scandal in 2018, then-captain Steve Smith and his deputy Warner were handed one-year bans, while opener Cameron Bancroft was given a nine-month suspension. Warner was also banned from ever taking a leadership position in Australian cricket for the rest of his life.
My Mental Health Probably Wasn’t Where I Needed – David Warner
Warner stated in a press conference on Saturday that Cricket Australia provided him with no support ahead of the two-match series against the West Indies.
“Leading into the Perth Test, my mental health probably wasn’t where I needed it to be at to be 100 percent. And that was challenging at the time. If I had it my way we would have had it all sorted. From the CA point of view, I didn’t really have any support. My teammates and the staff in our team were absolutely amazing, and my family and friends – they really got me through that period.”
Only Cricket Australia Can Answer – David Warner
Warner also expressed surprise that the process had dragged on for 11 months after beginning his review in February. Warner said that he has no idea how it went this far and that only CA can explain that.
“We reached out in February. So we have no idea how it went on this far and only CA can answer that and they’ll probably give you the same thing that they always give everyone else, they don’t really give an answer,” Warner said.
Warner started the South Africa series at the Gabba with scores of 0 and 3. In the series against the West Indies, he struggled to score runs, scoring only 102 runs in four innings at an average of 25.5. The 36-year-old hasn’t scored a Test century since January 2020, and his batting average is only 26.07.