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October 10, 2013
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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