The Investec Ashes 2013 July 15, 2013

Warner admits guilt over Arthur sacking

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David Warner's days as a Test opening batsman are done, and perhaps so too those as a serial source of trouble in Australian cricket. Speaking for the first time since the former national coach Mickey Arthur was replaced by Darren Lehmann, Warner admitted his repeated poor behaviour contributed directly to the sacking, and acknowledged that another misstep will mean he is "on the first plane home".

As it is, Warner will not be anywhere near Lord's at the time of the second Test. On Tuesday he will depart for Australia A duty in South Africa, where he will commence his re-education as a middle-order batsman and set his sights on emulating Michael Hussey's energy and adaptability in the position.

For Australia A, Warner will bat at No. 4, marking the first time he has slid down the order since his Test debut against New Zealand in 2011, and preparation for a potential return at No. 6 should he make the requisite number of runs to return later in the Ashes series.

"I've been spoken to about batting six and that's the role I'm looking forward to being part of this team," Warner said in London. "If I get into this team and I bat six, I'll be doing everything I can to fill that Mike Hussey role and come out and have that intent from ball one, because I see that as the acceleration number in the team. His intent that he had over the years he played was magnificent and I feel I can play that role as well.

"You have to sum up the game situation. You could be come in at four or five for nothing or you could be coming in at 400 and it's up to me to try to adapt to that situation, to try to come out and accelerate from there or to try to grind it out like the boys did the other night before stumps."

The frustration Warner felt at falling out of serious contention for the Trent Bridge match due to his suspension from the lead-up games was intense, to the point that he broke down in tears when informing his family he would not be playing in Nottingham.

"As a kid growing up you want to play in the Ashes and after that incident I went back to my room and I was pretty shattered for a week and a half, two weeks. I still feel the guilt of what happened. I feel myself it's led to me being in this situation at the moment. Things would have been different, I would have been able to play those warm-up games and I could have pressed my claims to play in this first Test but that's me. I put my hand up and accepted the consequences and now it's about me putting as many runs on the board these next two games and press forward.

"I rang my mum and dad and told them I wasn't playing. And I kind of broke down on the phone to mum and it's just one of those things you ask your mum and dad what could I have done better in those situations and you don't want to really go into it as much but I've matured a lot since that incident and now it's all about me trying to play cricket again."

Arthur's sacking, arriving so soon after Warner was suspended, provided a reminder of how much his behaviour had affected others. "It was probably another thing that was gutting, that I may have played a part in that," Warner said. "But that's the business we're in and James Sutherland explained the reasons why that happened and that's the thing that we have to do, we're professional athletes, we have to move on from that and now Darren is the coach and we respect him 100%.

"There's a lot of contributing factors to certain things that went on around the team. No-one likes a guy disturbing their preparation and that's what I felt I did, especially with the Champions Trophy. All that stuff came out before that game against New Zealand, I didn't play and then it was about me and not about the team's focus and that was the most disappointing thing I felt came out of that."

Lehmann has described Warner as having a "clean slate" under his leadership, and there are no longer any strict individual boundaries set out for him. Instead senior players, including the pivotal figure of the wicketkeeper and vice-captain Brad Haddin, are entrusted with the task of watching over Warner, by day and by night.

"Darren's just said to go out there and score runs and be myself," Warner said. "Just get that X-factor back that I can have for this team so hopefully I can score some runs. Definitely still enjoy myself off the field. There's no bans, there's no curfews, no nothing. The mistakes, I've learned, I've become more mature, off the field as well. I know if I stuff up again I'm on the first plane home. No-one needs to tell you that because you already know it."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • ANTHONY_FRANCIS on July 16, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Australia and all the So Called Selectors, who have chosen and decided not to play David Warner in the ongoing Ashes Test Series, are making a Big Big Mistake. Australia's Batting already looks brittle, they may say they played tough, but the fact is England's Batsmen played better. Surely, David Warner's action might not have been acceptable, but you got to discipline Him and not throw Him out. I would say Warner is anytime better than C. Rogers or E. Cowan. Warner needs to play the Ashes, in England as well latter in Australia.

  • chitti_cricket on July 16, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    He is one damn good player to be missed by Australia.His batting power at the top of the order along with Watson means ausies have better intimidating batting than poms. But one mistake of his cost both him and Australia dearly. Wish him all the good luck and a place in Ausie test team. Good luck mate.

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 16, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    tThe Ausies and the ASHES need Warner he will add much to the series and added drama. If I was Aus I'd have Hughes at 3 for Cowan and Warner at 6.

  • DustBowl on July 16, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Surely Warner has no place in the UK Ashes? He's 26 not 16. Imagine the reaction of the crowd, supporting Root! Imagine an Aussie crowd's reaction if the situation was reversed with say Agar!!

  • on July 16, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    CA have been far to tough on Warner The difference between an Australia which lost at Trent Bridge and an Australia which could have won is Warner His despatch to Zimbabwe at a point when Lehmann says he is on a clean slate is mystifying, especially when Australia has the weakest batting lineup in the last three decades or more in an Ashes series

  • H_Z_O on July 16, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    @Jono Makim Actually Clarke batted at 4 in the last Ashes series in 2010 and Huss moved down to 5. Worked well for Hussey (570 runs at 63.33 with 2 hundreds) but not for Clarke (193 runs at 21.44, his top score of 80 at Adelaide was his only 50+ score, out for single figures 4 times and passed 20 only twice in the series). After 32 innings at 4 he averages 21.51 with 4 50s and no hundreds. At 5 he averages 63.95 with 20 hundreds and 19 50s (conversion rate of 105%).

    Just not convinced he's a 4. I understand what you mean about the younger guys but Hughes and Warner both made their names as openers. Hughes has scored 3 centuries as an opener, all of them in away Tests (South Africa and Sri Lanka). He has scores of 69 (in Mohali), 86 (Hobart) and 87 (Sydney) at 3. And like you, I like the look of Smith at 5 or 6.

    Funny Warner talks of emulating Hussey, because I reckon he could make a good counter-punching 3, a la Ponting. Hughes looks a better bet to emulate Hussey at number 4.

  • on July 16, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    rogers watto clarke hughes khwaja warner haddin faulkner/pattinson agar siddle starc

  • on July 16, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Not sure how Warner would go against Anderson. He doesn't move his feet much and that would be problematic facing someone that swings it both ways with both the new and the old ball.

  • Moppa on July 16, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    @Vishal Kaira, the last solid no.6 who played for Australia was, er, Mike Hussey. As for Marcus North, he hardly ever scored anything between 10 and 100, boom or bust. Ironically, the opposite problem of most of our current players. Anyway, back to the article at hand, Warner sounds like will be a better person and player after his tough month, which is good. I'm just concerned that, if he's looking to provide "X-factor", he's going to be as good as Glen Maxwell... in which case he should just fly straight home and start getting used to grade cricket. @H_Z_O, agree that Clarke should go to 5 where he has been best, and therefore 4. Hughes, 5. Clarke, 6. Smith, with Warner potentially coming in at 4 or 6 when he returns.

  • on July 16, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    @H_Z_O, 5 or 6 isn't the point I was trying to make really I guess and yes you are correct! Just that I don't want to see Smith left out just to bring Warner into a middle order role. Smith looks the goods there and I really think that Warner, considering how inexperienced he was at high level cricket when coming in, having only played a handful of FC matches, has done a very good job at the top and should stay there.

    Whether Clarke bats at 4 or 5 I think is irrelevant. He hasn't played enough yet at 4 for us to be sure he can't do it, just one test! Give the guy a chance to crack it, its not like he never came in early at no.5.

    I just think the young inexperienced guys need to get the chance to come into the team at no.5 & 6 and get a feel for things. If our best batsman can't make a fist of it at 4 then why are we asking guys who have been in and out of the team to suddenly come in and make it their own?

  • ANTHONY_FRANCIS on July 16, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Australia and all the So Called Selectors, who have chosen and decided not to play David Warner in the ongoing Ashes Test Series, are making a Big Big Mistake. Australia's Batting already looks brittle, they may say they played tough, but the fact is England's Batsmen played better. Surely, David Warner's action might not have been acceptable, but you got to discipline Him and not throw Him out. I would say Warner is anytime better than C. Rogers or E. Cowan. Warner needs to play the Ashes, in England as well latter in Australia.

  • chitti_cricket on July 16, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    He is one damn good player to be missed by Australia.His batting power at the top of the order along with Watson means ausies have better intimidating batting than poms. But one mistake of his cost both him and Australia dearly. Wish him all the good luck and a place in Ausie test team. Good luck mate.

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 16, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    tThe Ausies and the ASHES need Warner he will add much to the series and added drama. If I was Aus I'd have Hughes at 3 for Cowan and Warner at 6.

  • DustBowl on July 16, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Surely Warner has no place in the UK Ashes? He's 26 not 16. Imagine the reaction of the crowd, supporting Root! Imagine an Aussie crowd's reaction if the situation was reversed with say Agar!!

  • on July 16, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    CA have been far to tough on Warner The difference between an Australia which lost at Trent Bridge and an Australia which could have won is Warner His despatch to Zimbabwe at a point when Lehmann says he is on a clean slate is mystifying, especially when Australia has the weakest batting lineup in the last three decades or more in an Ashes series

  • H_Z_O on July 16, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    @Jono Makim Actually Clarke batted at 4 in the last Ashes series in 2010 and Huss moved down to 5. Worked well for Hussey (570 runs at 63.33 with 2 hundreds) but not for Clarke (193 runs at 21.44, his top score of 80 at Adelaide was his only 50+ score, out for single figures 4 times and passed 20 only twice in the series). After 32 innings at 4 he averages 21.51 with 4 50s and no hundreds. At 5 he averages 63.95 with 20 hundreds and 19 50s (conversion rate of 105%).

    Just not convinced he's a 4. I understand what you mean about the younger guys but Hughes and Warner both made their names as openers. Hughes has scored 3 centuries as an opener, all of them in away Tests (South Africa and Sri Lanka). He has scores of 69 (in Mohali), 86 (Hobart) and 87 (Sydney) at 3. And like you, I like the look of Smith at 5 or 6.

    Funny Warner talks of emulating Hussey, because I reckon he could make a good counter-punching 3, a la Ponting. Hughes looks a better bet to emulate Hussey at number 4.

  • on July 16, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    rogers watto clarke hughes khwaja warner haddin faulkner/pattinson agar siddle starc

  • on July 16, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Not sure how Warner would go against Anderson. He doesn't move his feet much and that would be problematic facing someone that swings it both ways with both the new and the old ball.

  • Moppa on July 16, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    @Vishal Kaira, the last solid no.6 who played for Australia was, er, Mike Hussey. As for Marcus North, he hardly ever scored anything between 10 and 100, boom or bust. Ironically, the opposite problem of most of our current players. Anyway, back to the article at hand, Warner sounds like will be a better person and player after his tough month, which is good. I'm just concerned that, if he's looking to provide "X-factor", he's going to be as good as Glen Maxwell... in which case he should just fly straight home and start getting used to grade cricket. @H_Z_O, agree that Clarke should go to 5 where he has been best, and therefore 4. Hughes, 5. Clarke, 6. Smith, with Warner potentially coming in at 4 or 6 when he returns.

  • on July 16, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    @H_Z_O, 5 or 6 isn't the point I was trying to make really I guess and yes you are correct! Just that I don't want to see Smith left out just to bring Warner into a middle order role. Smith looks the goods there and I really think that Warner, considering how inexperienced he was at high level cricket when coming in, having only played a handful of FC matches, has done a very good job at the top and should stay there.

    Whether Clarke bats at 4 or 5 I think is irrelevant. He hasn't played enough yet at 4 for us to be sure he can't do it, just one test! Give the guy a chance to crack it, its not like he never came in early at no.5.

    I just think the young inexperienced guys need to get the chance to come into the team at no.5 & 6 and get a feel for things. If our best batsman can't make a fist of it at 4 then why are we asking guys who have been in and out of the team to suddenly come in and make it their own?

  • Thefakebook on July 16, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Look I like the bad boy image of Warner and he needs to just carry on with the runs on the field his off field acts will be forgiven.I told in comment before the indian tour that Davo can only survive Test cricket at no.6 as an attacker!

  • itismenithin on July 16, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    If Warner plays Ashes he should open and that is the only way Australia can seize the initiative from the opposition. You need impact players at the top.

  • H_Z_O on July 16, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    @Jono Makim Smith batted at 5 at Trent Bridge, mate. Hughes was 6. That said, if Clarke moves down to 5 (and I think he should, he's too susceptible to the quicker men bowling outside off, Finn nearly had him before Anderson in the first innings while Broad troubled him a few times before he finally got that faint edge) then I think Smith should go down to 6. One thing that got overlooked in the excitement over Agar's 98 was the role Hughes played at the other end. Very mature knock.

    For all the talk in this piece of Hussey batting at 6, I always thought he was at his best batting at 4, between Ponting and Clarke. And if there's a man in this Aussie side who can emulate him, I'd probably say it's Hughes rather than Warner. That's why I'd have Hughes at 4 at Lord's, Clarke at 5 and Smith at 6. Since Warner won't be playing I'd probably give Khawaja a go at 3. It wasn't Cowan's lack of runs that was the problem, but the way he played. Reckless at a time when you needed him to be solid.

  • anver777 on July 16, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    This a real "Warning" signal to his career for one time Aussies most wanted "Warner" Hope he will be back fresh & relaxed on & off the field after Aus-A tour !!!!!

  • sidd198723 on July 16, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    great news. Let warner bat at no 4 and Clarke at no 5. Clarke is greatest number 5 batsman of all time.

  • on July 16, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Australia can still afford Warner.Ed cowan out of form is no good.David Warner is like sehwag.He can inspire fear in the opposition.They need to draft him in place of Cowan.

  • on July 16, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    What the hell happened to Marcus North?? He is the last solid no.6 who played for Australia if my memory serves me right!!!

  • on July 16, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    I still see him at the top of the order somewhere, certainly in the top 4 at any rate. Smith is doing a really good job at 6 and he shouldn't be moved anywhere for now. Clarke should perhaps go back to 5, but i'd still be inclined to give him the rest of this series at 4 to see if it can work out. Hughes, I don't know where his best place is but he has to stay there, he is starting to get a taste for the battle. The problems will of course begin with the inevitable Watson injury, just who bats where when that comes I do not know! I just find it hard to think Warner is out of the running for an openers spot when he has been our best opener over the last two years?

  • 2020sux on July 16, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    who does warner think he is playing for? the under 9's tipsy run wellington wombats? why should a national coach in any sport at the elite level have to even consider what his players are doing at 1am? maybe if he was 18 this would be somewhat forgivable but warner is 26, and supposedly a future contender for the national captaincy and ceratinly a senior member of the current side. i always thought it was the captain who looked after discipline of the team. warners form lately is terrible anyway so he should have been put on the 1st plane home and suspended for the entire tour as an example for the rest of the side. if a senior player hasn't got enough pride in the baggy green to behave himself there should be no place in any national side for them

  • Bunbarian on July 16, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Or Ed Cowan. Or Phil Hughes. This is the worst top 6 Australia has had during the 52 yrs I've been following cricket (possible exception: WSC years before the rapprochement). Only one with an average of more than 40 in Tests - we should be able to give Bangladesh a close run. Warner has genuine talent, and I expect Boof will haul him into line. This might be Lehmann's chance to provide for Australia, an opportunity he was sadly denied by a particularly strong batting crop during his personal career.

  • Alexk400 on July 16, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    Warner is ok. Atleast he wants to win game for australia and skills. He just need to apply consistently. Opening is tough job. Even sehwag sucks now with his eyesight gone for good last 2 years.

    Warner should be in middle order.

  • landl47 on July 16, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    I'm looking forward to seeing Warner coming in at 6 and trying to cope with spin and reverse swing. Mike Hussey was in another league altogether with regard to technique and built his game around a strong defence and correct strokeplay, neither of which is a feature of Warner's game. Warner's another Eoin Morgan and I suspect his career will go the same way as Eoin's- lots of IPL, not many tests.

  • on July 16, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    I think david warner must be thrown out of the team for poor discipline and he is also responsible for Australia's poor performance in champions throphy.

  • jmcilhinney on July 16, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    Maybe they should bat Warner at #11 because that seems to be where all the runs are being scored. Seriously though, while Warner has to say the things he's saying, the words don't mean much if the deeds don't back them up. He said he was more mature after the last incident too and look how that turned out. Personally, I won't be holding a grudge but, while I'm fine with forgiving, noone should should forget quite so quickly. If he's the best that Australia have then I hope he plays because I'd rather England lost to their best than beat a second string. I don't think that Australia's best currently has what it takes to win this series, even despite the close result in game 1, but I also don't think that there is a huge gap between the sides.

  • Barnesy4444 on July 16, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    He started his first class career batting at 6 and scored centuries. I always thought he was perfectly suited to that Douggie Walters and Gilchrist type of role. His footwork and shot selection is simply too loose to be a test opener. He could change tests batting at 6.

    Cowan out, Hughes 3, Warner 6. Batting Hughes at 6 for a while hasn't hurt him. He's always been an opener and needs to get used to coming in at different situations, something he's picking up well.

  • eatpraycricket on July 16, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    Warner's days as an opener are done? I highly doubt anything is set in stone for sometime to come for Australian cricket.. the reality is Rogers won't have long in the role.. a year or two if he manages to perform. Cowan ongoing position in the team is in doubt, watson himself was said to now be a number 3, then middle order specialist.. whose to say what will happen by the end of these 10 tests.. wouldnt surprise me if Warner is opening come Perth.

  • vsssarma on July 16, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    In the last 2 years, only Steve Smith and David Warner are two guys averaging about 38; all others are far below (but for the captain averaging in 75s). Watson is averaging 24; Phil Hughes averaging 33-34. Pathetic batting display.

  • on July 16, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    smith is going to be a stayer. Warner must find his own position in the A team

  • bobagorof on July 16, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    19 Tests, 39 ODIs, 44 Twenty20 internationals, playing at the top level for 4 years and he's only just realising that his actions affect other people? It's sad that it took the sacking of the coach to bring him to this realisation and to get him to 'mature a lot'. It's also sad that lack of respect that was evident towards the coach.

    It remains to be seen whether Warner will be able to adapt to the no. 6 position. As an opener he could slash away and the rest of the order was there if he failed. At no. 6, it will be up to him to knuckle down and do the rescuing. Personally I don't believe he has it in him but I look forward to being proven wrong.

  • on July 16, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    I think he realized and repented for his mistake. He should have been instigated to the team

  • Jayzuz on July 16, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    What on Earth are you talking about, @bobmartin? "by now"? What does that mean. Warner did not have a history of problems before the tweeting issue, so it is quite reasonable to give the guy a chance. That's how people grow and develop - by giving them a chance to show they have become a better person. Warner appears to have learned his lesson, and is genuinely sorry for what he did. It was great to see the way he accepted the crowd banter in the first test when he came on to substitute. Compare that the the angry and arrogant attitude of Kohli in Australia when the crowd gave him a hard time for his arrogant and petulant displays every time he was given out by an umpire. Someone has had a word to Warner, and he is going the right way about redeeming himself.

    Your kind of mean-spirited, moralising approach would do nothing but breed fear & anger amongst all parties.

    By the way, after the Trott DRS didn't you say that umpiring mistakes don't even out? Dead wrong on that one too.

  • Webley on July 15, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    Good on him for publicly coming clean. He's got a lot to prove with the bat though.

  • Edwards_Anderson on July 15, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    I wish him well, i would like to see the likes of Warner, Khawaja and Hughes dominate our batting for the next 5 years.

  • AndyMick on July 15, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    4 for 4 is more likely! And according to Merv the Swerve, if he had landed the punch full on instead of a glancing blow, he would never have been dropped in an interview on talksport!

  • Nutcutlet on July 15, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    Think the penny's dropped. He's a lucky man to be given support by CA management to attempt to get a place back in the side. He's lucky too to be in a generation that considers rehabilitation as more important than retribution. A generation or more back, he'd have been gone for good. I'm glad that he's being given the chance. Another space to watch.

  • kitten on July 15, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    @Beertjie 'Score the runs and you'll be back soon, probably for Steve Smith.'

    I think Cowan should be omitted, Steven Smith moved up, and Warner take his place. Smith seemed more in control of his game than Cowan did.

  • Natx on July 15, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    Not long ago he was talked up as a future leader of the team and now see where he ended. I think things got blown up a bit faster than anyone would have thought and he suffered from that fact. He would be better off spending 30 minutes a day on a beach or doing some meditation to calm himself down and try to live (and enjoy) in the present. He is supremely talented, no doubt about it. If he can get him mind to calm down, focus on current things and not to worry too about future (not to mention keeping his mouth & twitter feeds shut!), he can do wonders for his team. Next Mike Hussey? There is a long long way to go for it. Media - leave him alone and give his space.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on July 15, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Its a fork in the road for him now. Bit like the one Ricky Ponting faced as a young man. Pull your head in and play cricket or waste your talent. David , 20 million people would love to have your talent and opportunity. You are missing a Lords Ashes Test this week ... if that doesn't mean anything then you might as well give up now. Its not too late but it is very close.

  • KARNAWAT33 on July 15, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Tough boys like us are coconuts to be frank mayte. We might appear like absolute freaks on the outside,who don't behave responsibly and choose to learn the hard way, but on the inside we're really emotional about something we love and we put our heart and soul into it, in Warner's case, CRICKET. I feel you Dave, but now it's time to look forward, as there's no other better option. I'm pretty sure, you have a long road ahead, I understand how hard it is, missing out on a tournament, you must've felt bad not playing those warm up games, let alone missing out on the ASHES. With you Pocket Dynamo, time to break into the test squad and post Mr.Root over the stands WHEN REQUIRED. Great article Dan, the part where David mentioned about 'breaking down on the phone' was very touchy, rather he mentioning it and you posting it was :) Awaiting the Return of the BIG MAN #DavidWarner31

  • on July 15, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Beetjie. Steve Smith was the one who rescued the Australians in the first innings. He stood up when nobody else could at the end of the first day. Hughes and Agar could not have batted so well if Smith didn't stop the rot at 4 for not many. In the last five tests he has been our best batsman after Clarke and has the highest average of any Australian in the three tests since he has returned to the team other than Agar.

  • xylo on July 15, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    The easiest path to get into the Australian team is to call yourselves a spinner. Given that he already does tweak the ball a little, it should be pretty easy.

  • bobmartin on July 15, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    If Warner hasn't learned his lesson by now.... he never will.. He's lucky he's been given that many chances... Aussie cricket must be in pretty dire straits....because in many other professions he'd have been deservedly out on his ear months ago...

  • on July 15, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    I doubt Warner will be coming out to bat at 400/4. Not with this current undisciplined batting line up. I really do hope this is a turning point in his career and for him personally.

  • Beertjie on July 15, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Score the runs and you'll be back soon, probably for Steve Smith.

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  • Beertjie on July 15, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Score the runs and you'll be back soon, probably for Steve Smith.

  • on July 15, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    I doubt Warner will be coming out to bat at 400/4. Not with this current undisciplined batting line up. I really do hope this is a turning point in his career and for him personally.

  • bobmartin on July 15, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    If Warner hasn't learned his lesson by now.... he never will.. He's lucky he's been given that many chances... Aussie cricket must be in pretty dire straits....because in many other professions he'd have been deservedly out on his ear months ago...

  • xylo on July 15, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    The easiest path to get into the Australian team is to call yourselves a spinner. Given that he already does tweak the ball a little, it should be pretty easy.

  • on July 15, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Beetjie. Steve Smith was the one who rescued the Australians in the first innings. He stood up when nobody else could at the end of the first day. Hughes and Agar could not have batted so well if Smith didn't stop the rot at 4 for not many. In the last five tests he has been our best batsman after Clarke and has the highest average of any Australian in the three tests since he has returned to the team other than Agar.

  • KARNAWAT33 on July 15, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Tough boys like us are coconuts to be frank mayte. We might appear like absolute freaks on the outside,who don't behave responsibly and choose to learn the hard way, but on the inside we're really emotional about something we love and we put our heart and soul into it, in Warner's case, CRICKET. I feel you Dave, but now it's time to look forward, as there's no other better option. I'm pretty sure, you have a long road ahead, I understand how hard it is, missing out on a tournament, you must've felt bad not playing those warm up games, let alone missing out on the ASHES. With you Pocket Dynamo, time to break into the test squad and post Mr.Root over the stands WHEN REQUIRED. Great article Dan, the part where David mentioned about 'breaking down on the phone' was very touchy, rather he mentioning it and you posting it was :) Awaiting the Return of the BIG MAN #DavidWarner31

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on July 15, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Its a fork in the road for him now. Bit like the one Ricky Ponting faced as a young man. Pull your head in and play cricket or waste your talent. David , 20 million people would love to have your talent and opportunity. You are missing a Lords Ashes Test this week ... if that doesn't mean anything then you might as well give up now. Its not too late but it is very close.

  • Natx on July 15, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    Not long ago he was talked up as a future leader of the team and now see where he ended. I think things got blown up a bit faster than anyone would have thought and he suffered from that fact. He would be better off spending 30 minutes a day on a beach or doing some meditation to calm himself down and try to live (and enjoy) in the present. He is supremely talented, no doubt about it. If he can get him mind to calm down, focus on current things and not to worry too about future (not to mention keeping his mouth & twitter feeds shut!), he can do wonders for his team. Next Mike Hussey? There is a long long way to go for it. Media - leave him alone and give his space.

  • kitten on July 15, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    @Beertjie 'Score the runs and you'll be back soon, probably for Steve Smith.'

    I think Cowan should be omitted, Steven Smith moved up, and Warner take his place. Smith seemed more in control of his game than Cowan did.

  • Nutcutlet on July 15, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    Think the penny's dropped. He's a lucky man to be given support by CA management to attempt to get a place back in the side. He's lucky too to be in a generation that considers rehabilitation as more important than retribution. A generation or more back, he'd have been gone for good. I'm glad that he's being given the chance. Another space to watch.