David Warner, chief plotter of the ball-tampering scandal, endured a difficult time after the ball-tampering incident broke out at Newlands in South Africa. Warner was brought down to tears in the press conference he addressed on reaching his homeland and faced several criticism for his untoward act.
Warner was subsequently banned from the playing cricket for 12 months and serving as a captain of the side. On his return to cricket during the Ashes, he was targeted and jeered by the English fans, which he took with the pinch of salt. Warner was a bunny to Stuart Broad in the series but on being mocked by the fans he rather took it as a sport.
However, Australia assistant coach and mentor of Warner Trent Woodhill, said that the opener is stronger and bullish as ever. He also added that Warner has an amazing capacity to bounce back from adversity.
“Mentally he’s as strong as ever and as bullish as ever,” Woodhill said from Australia’s base at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday (August 30). “I haven’t been given any indication he’s not hungry for more runs across all formats.”
“He has amazing mental capacity to bounce back,” Woodhill said. “I was so proud of him with the 300 in Adelaide [against Pakistan] just because of that bouncing back from adversity. That’s champions worldwide, whether it’s someone I know or someone I don’t, it’s always great to see. David worked really hard after the Ashes to regroup and he came back firing. Watching him back the other day in the trial match he’s in a really good place with his cricket.
“I think when players reach early 30s, their game is about being consistent and the challenge is not short-cutting preparation and, if you watch David train, whether it’s from a skill set or physical standpoint, he doesn’t take any shortcuts.”
Warner will be a key for Australia when India tour their country for a four-match Test series in December. He has scored 7244 runs in the longest format at an average nearly 49.
He will be next seen in action during Australia tour of England and will then join the SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) franchise for IPL 2020.