David Warner Quashes Pay Dispute as Reason for Australia’s Humiliating Defeat against Bangladesh
Australia’s vice-captain and senior campaigner David Warner on Thursday revealed there’s no reason to blame the longstanding impasse over the infamous pay dispute for the first Test loss against Bangladesh at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur by 20 runs on August 30 (Wednesday).
“I don’t think at all that the MOU stuff had anything to do with preparations or our mindset,” Warner was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.
The opening batsman Warner, who smashed 112 to register his 19th Test hundred and first after 2014, was adamant in his approach while reiterating the pay deal did not play part owing to the lousy preparation (last month) for the ongoing tour.
“There are a lot of mental things that go through your head. You have got to overcome those,” Warner added.
The 30-year-old Paddington-born left-handed batsman Warner revealed it was one of his best knock in the fourth innings on a spinning track.
“I would have to say, yeah. In a fourth innings in the subcontinent on a turning wicket,” Warner asserted.
However, Australia prepared for the two-match series in Darwin which offered conditions akin to the subcontinent, as Warner was satisfied with the facilities during the week-long Test-camp.
“We had a great time up in Darwin. The facilities are fantastic and they are exceptional hosts for us to come over,” Warner further added.
Warner, who has been struggling in the Asian conditions somewhat managed to find the momentum after undergoing rigorous training back home.
The second Test starts on Monday 4th September in Chittagong.
The Bangladesh tour was in doubt during the strained relationships between the two cricket bodies which further led the cancellation of Australia A’s tour to South Africa.
The pay dispute came to an end couple of weeks before Bangladesh tour which started on August 27.
In May this year, the explosive and outspoken batsman Warner suggested the players would go on an indefinite strike for even the Ashes if the deal does not get finalised.
Earlier, in August Cricket Australia (CA) and Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) after being at loggerheads further reached the much-awaited agreement over the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) based on revenue sharing model after the deadline expired on June 30.
On the other hand, Bangladesh claimed its first Test win against Australia after the Tigers earned the Test status in 2000 when Naimur Rahman led the Tigers in One-off Test in November, same year.
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