My mental health was not 100%”.  What's going on between David Warner and Cricket Australia?

My mental health was not 100%”. What’s going on between David Warner and Cricket Australia?

David Warner’s troubled relationship with the Australian Cricket Board over the captaincy ban continues to boil over. The infamous ball tampering incident of 2018 was the trigger for the original ban. Then captain Steven Smith and young fly-half Cameron Bancroft were also banned at the time for different lengths of time.

Steve Smith alongside Warner received a captaincy ban. However, in the Australian summer of 2021, when Pat Cummins was named skipper of the Australian Test team, Smith was made vice-captain.

When the question of Warner’s reinstatement in the management group arose, a whole new controversy arose again. Warner is set to play his 100th Test in the Boxing Day game against South Africa.

What did Warner say now?

“Before the Perth test, my sanity probably wasn’t where I needed it to be at 100 per cent. And it was difficult at the time. If I had done it my way, we would have settled everything. From a CA point of view, I didn’t really have support.

“My teammates and our team staff were absolutely amazing, and my family and friends – they really got me through this. We contacted each other in February. So we have no idea how it went. happened so far and only CA can answer that and they’ll probably give you the same thing they always give everyone, they don’t really give an answer.

Australian David Warner, left, signs autographs for young cricket fans after Australia’s victory over the West Indies on day four of their Test cricket match in Adelaide, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/James Elsby)

“I will have this conversation [with CA] after the series is over. For me, it’s about staying in the right frame of mind to face the South Africans. I’m excited to play another Boxing Day Test and, more importantly, we have a series on the line.”

What’s going on between Warner and Cricket Australia?

Earlier this year, Australian white ball skipper Aaron Finch announced his retirement. The cries for making David Warner the skipper by former players began.

As a process, the first change made by AC to give Warner a chance is to change the code of conduct in 2018 which stated that a player could not appeal the sanction he had accepted. However, in November this year it was rewritten as a player can appeal a long-term sanction.

Warner said when the code was changed that “I think it’s just about being fair that at the end of the day, I’m not a criminal. You should get a right of appeal at some point,”

Warner appealed and withdrew his case for his involvement in the leadership group. The reason for his withdrawal was that the review panel had decided to hold a public hearing. While the initial setup was one where Warner could present his case to a three-person independent panel in private.

Australia’s David Warner walks off the pitch after being dismissed by South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada during day two of the first Test cricket match between South Africa and Australia at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia on Sunday 18 December 2022. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

The southpaw slammed the process, taking to social media platforms “They want to put on a public show to, in the words of the Panel, have a ‘cleanse’. “I’m not ready for my family to be the machine washing for cricket’s dirty laundry.” he said.

The claims of the director of Warner regarding the sandpaper door

Warner manager James Erskine has made revealing revelations about the scandal.

Erskine claimed the players got the nod from two of the board’s leaders after a Test match loss to South Africa in Hobart in 2016.

Erskine claimed the executives were berating the team after losing the game to which Warner responded by saying “We have to reverse the swing of the ball”. ‘The only way we can reverse the swing of the ball is to tamper with it.’.

“He (Warner) shut up, he protected Cricket Australia, he protected his teammates…because at the end of the day no one wanted to hear about it anymore and he continues to play cricket,” added Erskine.

What happened in Cape Town in 2018?

The four-game Test series was leveled at 1-1 against South Africa. During the third day of the match, the television camera captured Australian fly-half, Cameron Bancroft, using sandpaper to roughen the ball to allow him to reverse the swing.

After the day’s play skipper Steven Smith and Bancroft admitted the ball had been tampered with. “A shocking disappointment,” Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told CA and urged them to take as strong action as possible.

Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft and David Warner in action for Australia during a test. (Case)

CA responded by launching their investigation following which they banned Smith and Warner for 12 months, while the younger Bancroft was given a nine-month suspension. CA then said Warner would not be considered for ‘team leadership positions in the future’

Former cricketers to Warner’s rescue

Legendary Australia captain Ian Chappell backed Warner’s decision to withdraw the appeal. He praised Warner for speaking out against the authorities. “trends for back protection,” he said. Chappell went on to say, “Young players should be thankful that Warner exposed CA’s tendencies for back protection. They should keep this in mind for the future. in his ESPNCricinfo column.

Former Australian skipper Micheal Clarke also came to Warner’s rescue.

“I see it as very inconsistent. I have a hard time believing that it’s good for one but not for the other to have a leadership role. If CA decided all the guys involved in what happened in South Africa, none of them were going to take a leadership role, I think that’s a fair decision. Clarke said.

Are off-pitch issues showing up on the pitch?

Since the start of the captaincy debate at the T20 World Cup, Warner has been on and off. He scored 42 points in four games in the tournament. However, he had a good ODI run against the inexperienced English bowling attack scoring 208 runs at an average of 69.33 in three games.

Since the controversy heated up in late November and early December, Warner’s form has declined significantly, particularly in red-ball cricket.

Steve Smith and David Warner have been sent home and given heavy bans by Cricket Australia after they admitted tampering with the ball. (Photo Reuters)

In the series against the West Indies, Warner scored 102 points at an average of 25.50. In the marquee series against South Africa, the southpaw netted the second golden duck of his career in the first Test at Gabba in Brisbane. In the second set, after only 35 points, he was dismissed for 3.

“Yes, I have my back against the wall, but it’s in my DNA to stay competitive, to come here with a smile on my face and face whatever opposition we’re going to face,” he said. declared.

Whether it was a bar fight with England talisman Joe Root in Birmingham in 2015 or an off-pitch brawl caught on CCTV with retired South African Test cricketer Quinton De Cock in Durban in 2018, he was always in the limelight for the right reasons and the wrong reasons.

In his book, former South African test captain Faf Du Plessis called Warner a “tyrant”.

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