Australia news October 10, 2013

Warner reveals home truths from Taylor

ESPNcricinfo staff

David Warner, the Australia batsman, has revealed he received some home truths from former Australia captain Mark Taylor about his floundering career. Warner has endured a difficult six months where controversy has never been far away and Taylor advised him that he is in danger of being remembered for the wrong reasons. Warner admitted he had been a "pest in the past" and now needed to start acting like a "mature adult".

Fined for a Twitter spat with a journalist in May and thrown out of Australia's Champions Trophy squad for punching England's Joe Root in June, discipline and professionalism deserted Warner for the third time in six months when he was handed a suspended one-match ban by New South Wales on Tuesday.

"The old saying is that things come in threes and I think I've had my turn now," Warner said. "There's always going to be ups and downs in your life but it's probably been a pretty bad six months for myself, but now it's about moving forward and getting on with cricket and trying to be a mature adult.

"I had a talk with Mark Taylor yesterday and you're basically remembered for your stats that are brought up on the screen. You look at your average and the games that you've played and if those two don't add up then you're really not going to be remembered."

Warner was left out of Australia's tour party for the one-day series with India, following being dropped from the ODI series in England. Having been one of the most exciting cricketers in the world for three years, and being named the Bradman Cricketer of the Year in 2012, Warner admitted he cannot take success for granted.

"I've probably been a pest in the past but now it's about maturing and settling down and actually working hard at the game," Warner said. "As a young guy, the last probably three or four years I probably have taken things for granted and now it's about trying to be as consistent as I can and trying to be a leader around the group.

"The way you act and the way you can lead the team by example and the role model that you are, that's how you remember the likes of Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh, Allan Border, Ricky Ponting, there's a long list there.

"Those guys are so good at what they did that they're always going to be remembered and everyone will always walk past you down the street and say, 'you know what mate, you had a great career and we always loved watching you'.

"And that's the type of person that you want to be remembered for, for what you did on the field and what you do off the field."

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  • Terry on October 12, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    If he was 20 & doing the odd stupid thing you could forgive it & hope for the penny to drop. But at 25 or 26 you wonder whether it will. Lets see as actions speak louder than glib words but he really must be on thin ice. As Australia showed in the late 80's and England did in the later 90's .... if you are rebuilding pick good characters and workers and stick with them. Massive season for Warner as another mediocre season and poor behaviour will see the likes of Maddinson elbow him aside.

  • Dummy4 on October 12, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    @Dorothydix, Monty Panesar, perhaps?

    Warner will be back, I have zero doubt about that.

  • subhasish on October 11, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    mr cricket warner is a very gud player need to be back he is a watch winner u need to back match winners his record is gud in test and t20 he need to score run in odis i think he will open with finch in 2015 world cup in australia and also in t20 world cup in 2014.

  • Prem on October 11, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Why is CA giving this mediocre player so much rope?

  • paul on October 11, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    I keep saying Warner is a waste of time and he will never amount to anything special. I'm now particularly bored with his antics and will be happy next time he messes up; and then he will be gone.

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    @dorothydix The Oval Pitch. That's all that needs to be said.

  • ian on October 11, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Yes, players are indeed remembered for their stats, esp. if they are outstanding, but the way you played the game is also remembered, more vividly. The first are lists of numbers in data bases; the second is recalled in the collective memory of all those that saw you play, when a player showed his degree of sportsmanship and the nature of his character. Both are concerns that every cricketer would do well to remember. He should also remember that even if cricket-lovers can't remember the stats with much accuracy, they have no trouble at all in bringing the character to mind. Warner needs to give serious consideration to both. Again!

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    I think if Warner has any sense, he would learn from the likes of Ricky Ponting who had a troubled time when he was young. He quickly regrouped to become an outstanding batsman and a captain with the best possible record of wins. I think cricket australia has given enough of a rope for Warner and his next offence should basically mean he is consigned to the sidelines.He is as bad as Symonds was in his heyday .The reason why Warner is behaving like this is I think he believes he has the safety net of IPL . In the IPL too there are so many young players from all parts of the world who are catching the eyes of Indian franchisees that there is no cerainty of getting a plum assignment in the IPL . Comeon Warner bucke up , or you might as well pack up . Ramanujam Sridhar

  • Andrew on October 11, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    "I had a talk with Mark Taylor yesterday and you're basically remembered for your stats that are brought up on the screen" Test average mid 30s, other forms sub 30. In 25 years time he will be a trivia question.

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    Warner should never have been selected as a test batsman. He has the attention span of a goldfish and no technique to speak of. The only reason he gets so many chances is because he's from NSW. Meanwhile Aaron Finch and Glen Maxwell have assumed the mantle as Australia's short-form specialists. No room for Warner in any form of the game - maybe he should emigrate to New Zealand?

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