Warner on playing Grade Cricket: Banned Australian batsman reflects on playing Grade Cricket and how it gives him a perspective.
Australian batsman David Warner, who is currently serving a one-year ban as an aftermath of the infamous Ball Tampering incident at Cape Town earlier this year, has found a new perspective while playing Grade Cricket in Australia.
Warner was recently seen playing opposite Steven Smith as their grade teams, Randwick Petersham and Sutherland, locked horns against each other in a 50-over match at Coogee Oval in Sydney.
As photos of them conversing with each other went viral on social media, it was learnt that the duo frequently chatted during the match and even shared a warm handshake after the match. 32-year old Warner claimed all reports of him and Smith being at odds as sheer ‘comedy’.
On being asked about playing alongside teammates who have a working weekdays post the match, Warner said that it reminds him of the fact that the international cricketers live in a bubble at times.
“You pinch yourself a little when you walk in the changing room and the guys are talking about the working week. It puts it in perspective, we have been living in a bubble for a long time,” Warner said.
Warner admitted to the fact that whatever happened was bound to have some negative impact on the Australian team and fans but laid emphasis on putting the best foot forward.
“There’s going to be some negative impact with what happened, but we have to put our best foot forward to make sure Australians are enjoying cricket. We put our hands up, we were ashamed of what happened, but we are here to try and promote cricket. We are trying to get Australians back loving it,” Warner added.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Warner below:
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 11, 2018
I’ve just posted a new blog: India vs Australia: Virender Sehwag picks his openers for Test matches, passes verdict…
There is this common feeling that India might clinch the Test series as the hosts will be without David Warner and Steve Smith and this presents the Indian…
— Androblood (@aakash1314) November 11, 2018
David Warner’s heartfelt plea to Aussie cricket fans.
— 7Sport (@7Sport) November 10, 2018
David Warner is happy to concentrate on playing the next game but the Ashes is still a burning desire https://t.co/4qLKnPdcFw
— The Sydney Morning Herald (@smh) November 11, 2018