Former Australia vice-captain David Warner has chosen a low-key
place to break his silence.
Now captain of the BPL’s Sylhet Sixers, Warner
told local reporters how he’d benefitted from the 12 month ban from
the national team, saying his focus is being “the best person I can
“Life has been good for me,” Warner said. “I have been spending
time with the family. I wouldn’t be able to do that if I wasn’t
sitting in the sidelines.”
“It is about getting the best out of myself and growing as a
human being. The most important thing was being a father and
husband at home.”
While Warner will never hold a leadership position with the
national team again, he’ll lead the Sixers out on Sunday against a
man he’ll forever be linked to: Steve Smith.
Smith has been cleared, after initially being
banned, to take the field with the Comilla Victorians.
“It is not just taking on one player but taking on a team of 11
players,” Warner said.
“It is about making sure that our bowlers know how to get Smith
out, and then tackle the rest of the guys.”
This is the first time the BPL has clashed with the BBL, after
security concerns pushed back the start date from October.
It’s shaping up as viable alternative to Australia’s domestic
season. Chris Gayle, Alex Hales, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell,
Yasir Shah, A.B de Villiers and Carlos Brathwaite have all signed
up for the comp, which runs from January 5 and is wrapped up by
February 5; a week before the two-month-long BBL.
Melbourne Stars spinner Sandeep Lamichhane leaves this week to
join up with Warner for the BPL.
WILL WARNER BE SELECTED FOR
Inevitably, the question came up: will you ever play for
Public sentiment is a dynamic beast, with Warner’s reticence to
speak out initially counting against him but, in the wake of
Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith’s Boxing Day interviews on Fox
Cricket, Warner’s siloenjce is beginning to be seen as a plus.
While Mark Taylor has indicated he’d select Warner for the 2019
Ashes once March 29 comes around, Warner played a straight bat to
“It is up to the selectors whether or not they want to pick me,”
“At the end of the day, all I can do is score runs in this
tournament and the IPL, keep putting my hand up and making sure
that I am the best person I can be,” he added
Now former selector Mark Waugh has indicated he’d pick the ball-tampering trio once the ban has
“You’ve got to let them back into the fold, you’ve got to
forgive them and hopefully, they get back to where they were,”
“We’ve still got a lot of fine players in Australia but to lose
these three guys, particularly Smith and Warner, it’s going to
leave a huge hole in your squad.
First, though, is the 50-over World Cup, beginning on May 30 ad
running through to July 14. The IPL – and the still-to-be confirmed
Pakistan ODI series in the UAE – also looms as a chance for Warner
to reintegrate into the team.