David Warned stamped his authority on return to international cricket. Having been suspended for a year on accounts of ball-tampering charges, Warner had to fight against the odds to make a return and steady his career.
The southpaw had a stunning IPL stint with Sunrisers Hyderabad but failed to buy a run in the subsequent Ashes series. He was undone on several occasions by England bowlers, especially Stuart Broad as the batter failed to even touch the three-figure mark.
David Warner on his wife’s role in reviving his career
However, he rocked back to form against New Zealand and capped it off with a career-best triple hundred against Pakistan. He was recently conferred with the Alan Border medal, for the third time.
In his speech, Warned clocked back to the times he struggled to put his feet down. He credited his wife Candice Warner for being by his side through the thick and thin times.
“I had a few misdemeanors [in the past]… when I was younger I used to drink a fair bit and burn the candle at both ends. You can do that when you’re young and I was able to do that – although I don’t condone it,” Warner told the 98 Podcast as quoted by Daily Mail.
Warner said that his wife would give him a slack whenever the athlete’s curriculum got derailed. Back in 2013, Warner was involved in a pub brawl ahead of the Ashes. He allegedly punched now skipper Joe Root and as a consequence, he had to pack his bags and head back home.
“I got a bit of a slap to the back of the head. [Candice] was asking me questions like– Why are you not disciplined? Why are you drinking alcohol? Why are you not getting up early when you’re competing?” he mentioned
He said that drinking is a part of the Australian team culture and that he wasn’t the only one who was into it. He added that support from Candice helped him get over his demons.“We met at the right time and if I didn’t make my sacrifices, we probably wouldn’t be where we are today.I had to change and I changed for the better – and I have to credit Candice for that,” Warner added.