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Warner reveals home truths from Taylor

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October 10, 2013

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David Warner speaks to the media in Sydney, May 23, 2013
David Warner has been under intense scrutiny in the past six months © Getty Images

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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Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm 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.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

@Dorothydix, Monty Panesar, perhaps?

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

Posted by cricketsubh 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.

Posted by Ms.Cricket on (October 11, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

Why is CA giving this mediocre player so much rope?

Posted by Guthers007 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.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

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

Posted by Nutcutlet 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!

Posted by   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

Posted by ze_wolf 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.

Posted by   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?

Posted by Sanj747 on (October 11, 2013, 0:00 GMT)

Should be left to play grade cricket all summer only if he is committed. A very poor attitude and a reflection on some home truths about how cricket is not moving forward positively as a whole for all in Australia.

Posted by dorothydix on (October 10, 2013, 23:19 GMT)

There is a flaw in the system that allows a professional cricketer to come through with Warner`s behavioural problems left unchecked. Yes Warner has no excuses but those coaching and mentoring him have not done their job. Consequently, his behaviour is an embarrassment to Australia. Can`t imagine anyone progressing through the English system like that as he would have had to shape up or get out!

Posted by bobagorof on (October 10, 2013, 22:22 GMT)

I'll believe it when he stops getting fined, suspended or dropped. So far, nothing.

Posted by alstar2281 on (October 10, 2013, 22:01 GMT)

He says all this in yet another media grab. Here's some free advise for you David - zip the lips & let the bat do your talking.

Posted by __PK on (October 10, 2013, 21:09 GMT)

This last offence is different from the previous two and there's no indication he hasn't tried to mend his ways. Not that any of the commenters here will bother to make the distinction, when there's a chance to sink the boot in. And do we REALLY want to see more Mark Taylors? Snore!

Posted by Winsome on (October 10, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

We've heard all this before from Warner, I'm sure he thinks or has been told he's doing the right thing by spouting this media/fan-friendly nonsense but who takes any of it seriously? He obviously doesn't.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (October 10, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

@ Shashipathy Katikaneni. True, but you always have to give a guy a chance, this really maybe it, or maybe not we will never know till it's over but we should give him the chance to live up to his potential.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

How many times have we heard this from Warner "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 and". This guy is lacking the basic professionalism. As they say in Psychology, past behvior is indicator of future trend. Shame to see such talent being wasted. Grow up Warner. You definitely have talent but that will get you no where unless you back it up with attitude. And right now your attitude needs lot of work.

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