Former Australian vice-captain David Warner is currently facing one of the toughest periods in his life. He is facing suspension from international cricket and Australian domestic matches for 12 months after being sanctioned by Cricket Australia (CA).
The Australian trio of Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft hatched a plan of tampering with the match ball in the penultimate Cape Town Test against South Africa.
Aggressive Warner was the mastermind of the plan. Hence, he cannot be part of the leadership group for the rest of his career. He was also not allowed to play in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), this year. Thus, Kane Williamson took over the reigns from Warner to lead Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
The last few months have been quite emotional for the Australian trio. Warner has made a return to professional cricket with the Global T20 Canada. He failed to make a mark through the course of the tournament.
Warner was also handed the opportunity to lead his side, the Winnipeg Hawks in the Canada T20 League. He is quite positive about his future and has set his goals pretty clear.
Warner is currently back in Australia. He also played his first competitive match in Australia since the ball-tampering scandal surfaced in March, this year. He scored 36 off 32 deliveries in the Northern Territory Strike League in Darwin. And Warner seems optimistic about his chances.
David Warner happy with the progress:
“I’m pretty good when I’m fresh,” Warner was quoted as saying by the reporters.
He said that this break will do him good and mentioned that one doesn’t lose form overnight.
“If you look at the last 12 months, I played basically every game (for Australia) and didn’t get a rest. I had a five-day turnaround before the first Test in South Africa and I led the team in (the T20 tri-series in Australia and) New Zealand when some of the other guys had a rest. So I know that the breaks do me (good), and you don’t lose form overnight,” Warner said.
Warner stated that the warm-up matches before the World Cup and next year’s IPL will help him in the preparations.
“You’ve got plenty of warm-up games before the World Cup, and I’ll be playing the IPL as well leading into that. So there’s plenty of cricket and plenty of world-class players to play against, as well to get my preparation on a song,” he said.
Warner is currently looking to ply his trade in the Carribean Premier League (CPL). It is slated to begin next month. The swashbuckling left-hander will be playing for St Lucia Stars.