David Warner, chief plotter of the ball-tampering scandal, took a hard punch to his face when the 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.
David Warner in the team is like having Floyd Mayweather in the team: Justin Langer
Australia head coach Justin Langer compared the mentality of David Warner to that of American professional boxer Floyd Mayweather. Langer also said that Warner might never become the captain of the side again but he loves having the southpaw in his side as he is a great player.
“Officially he’s been banned from captaining Australia again,” Langer told Sports Sunday.
“Look, I support him [as a senior player]. Having David Warner in the team is like having Floyd Mayweather in the team. I love him. He talks it up, he is a great player by any calculations and he’s been fantastic in the team over the last two years.
“I don’t think he’ll be a captain of Australia again because of where we’re at, but I love having him in the team. He’s an absolute ripper.”
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.