Australia's David Warner opens up for first time about life away from cricket

Sport360 staff 14:22 05/05/2018
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Suspended Australian vice-captain David Warner has revealed that he’s been humbled by the support he has received since the ball-tampering scandal.

Warner was one of three Aussie stars banned by Cricket Australia after investigation into the ball-tampering controversy that hit the Cape Town Test in South Africa. The other two players given suspension were Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft.

“It is humbling and overwhelming,” the 31-year old told NT News.

“Sometimes you sit back and reflect and wonder do people care about you as a person.”

Warner and his team mates had to deal with plenty of criticism and media glare after the incident, but he believes it has all served as a reality check.

“Sometimes with our society something has to happen for the worst for people to come out and show a lot of support and I think I’ve learned a valuable lesson in this myself for the support I have been given to be on the front foot to help others.”

Warner has been keeping a low profile ever since his press conference and return from South Africa. But the left-handed batsman has also lost his chance to play and captain in the IPL, for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

David Warner and family

However, he says he is enjoying time with his family and time away from the ‘touring life’.

“I think the biggest thing for us has been when you are in a routine you can get caught in a bubble — cricket, hotels, packing your bags, coming home,” he said.

“You are not home for long. With an extended period of time you are in a good routine but then it is selfless — kids are a priority — so it’s day care, swimming lessons, gymnastic lessons and then you get your quality time together as parents.

“(Wife) Candice and I do all those things together. We take them to these things together — pick them up together.

“I always make sure I am able to do it all the time. I am making time now and it is worthwhile.”

He added: “I’ve missed that part until now where the kids run up to the gate saying, ‘Mummy and Daddy are here’, and I am really enjoying and embracing that.”

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