The veteran Australian opener, David Warner has come up with a strong comment for his action four years ago that led him to him receiving an indefinite ban from captaincy by Cricket Australia, stating that he carries no regrets considering nobody’s perfect. Warner further pointed fingers at the old team management for abandoning him in such a crisis situation. Australia swept past South Africa in just a couple of days in the first of three Tests Down Under on Sunday, held at the iconic Gabba.
The Australian team has been caught using sandpaper to damage the ball in order to generate reverse swing earlier than natural, leading to playing bans for then-skipper Steven Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft. While the incident has impacted Warner’s career but he holds no regrets despite the severe consequences he has faced.
As per the reports in Hindustan Times, during a chat with Herald Sun, David Warner said, “I don’t regret anything. You make your own path, right? No one is perfect and you should never judge anyone until you’re perfect. If you try and be this robotic person and individual that wants to please everyone, it’s going to come down anyway, because you can’t please everyone. Whatever has happened in my past, it’s made me the individual I am and has probably got me to where I am.”
He further added, “My circle around me is very, very small. They’re the only people I trust and I can always go to them for advice. If I did go back and make changes I wouldn’t be the person I am and what I value. I’ve got no regrets, and I enjoy where I am at the moment.”
David Warner had recently attempted to appeal the ban on captaincy imposed on him after a tweak in Cricket Australia’s policies but ultimately withdrew his application owing to the spotlight it put on his family. He also criticized CA for the way he was treated but affirmed the pleasant state of affairs at present.
The veteran opener explained, “The people that were close to me really looked out for me. Within the organization though, nope. None. Unfortunately, that’s what it was like back then. You were like this washing machine. You’re just rinsed out, recycled, next player comes in. A lot has changed since then and George Bailey and Andrew McDonald are doing a great job now. You expect the organization to actually support you.”