WTC Final: I Wasn’t Able To Have A Clear Mind To Concentrate On The Game – David Warner Slams Cricket Australia Over His Leadership Ban
Oct 10, 2023 at 11:05 AM
Australian Veteran opener David Warner lambasted Cricket Australia over their decision on his appeal to have his leadership ban overturned in November last year. The 36-year-old was banned from a lifetime leadership position following his involvement in the infamous sandpaper incident in South Africa.
Last year, David Warner applied for a review on his lifetime ban on holding any leadership role in Australia, and the Australian southpaw was not impressed by public lynching and expected a better proceeding by Cricket Australia.
Speaking to Sydney Morning Herald, David Warner opened up about the incident, Where the Australian opener said that Cricket Australia has not handled the issue properly as none of the officials made any decision regarding the matter.
“It was ridiculous, I wanted to put it to bed and they kept on just dragging it out and not giving answers. No one wanted to be accountable, no one wanted to make a decision. You have an administration where there seemed to be a lack of leadership,” David Warner said.
“They could have nipped it in the bud straight away, but I’m getting a phone call day one, two, three of the Test matches and speaking to lawyers, etc when I didn’t need to”.
I Actually Felt Disrespected In The Way – David Warner
David Warner revealed that he felt disrespected by the way that the matter was handled, which affected his mindset going into the matches, and said that he was extremely disappointed about the decision of Cricket Australia.
“I actually felt disrespected in the way that I wasn’t able to have a clear mind to play the game and concentrate on the game”.
“So from that perspective, it wasn’t even like, ‘Oh, let’s stop and we’ll come back to this.’ It was nine months, it was launched in February (2022). I was extremely disappointed,” David Warner Concluded.
David Warner will be part of the Australia Squad for the World Test Championship final and Ashes 2023 despite his poor form in red-ball cricket. The left-handed opener has not managed to live up to the reputation in Tests in the last couple of years as he could make an impact for his team in the longer format of the game.
In his last 15 Tests innings, he has crossed the 50-run score just once which was the double century against South Africa. However, Warner is backed to reclaim his spot at the top of the order for the WTC final, which will be played from June 7-11 at the Oval in London.