The Investec Ashes 2013 July 15, 2013

'I think I'm a bit more mature now'

Before heading to South Africa with Australia A, David Warner spoke to the media about the problems of the last month, missing the Ashes and what the future holds. Here are some more of his thoughts

The past month

"Yeah, it's been tough, reading the stuff that you [Malcolm Conn, Daily Telegraph] have been writing about me, it's been hard but the thing that happens - you make mistakes and you suffer the consequences. and you learn from those mistakes. I think I'm a bit more mature now. It's about getting down to business and playing as good a cricket as I can and scoring runs for Australia."

Lead-up to Trent Bridge

"As everyone we all had to prepare as if we were playing, and two days out you sort of know in your own mind if you're going to play or not. And I felt I did everything that I could possibly do to prepare for that first Test and I probably had an inkling in the last training session that I wasn't going to play just due to the fact you generally have that full amped session where everyone is ready to go. So we got notified the night before and I wasn't playing and it was up to me to go back to my room and try and think about what I can do to get back into this team."

Going to South Africa

"We're all on the same time path anyway so I'm not going to lose much sleep. The ideal thing was that this Australia A tour was put on at this time for this very reason, so that we could go over there and play cricket if need be. I'm just happy I'm getting the opportunity to go there. You see some of these county wickets here, they're nice and green and as you saw the wicket the other day, it was a bit dry. So if I was to play a country game here…but now I've got the opportunity to go and play for Australia A and get some runs on the board."

Winning back his Test spot

"I'd like to think I'm definitely up there for a chance to be back. Hopefully we're winning and all the guys are scoring runs and it's going to be hard for me to get back in. I want that to happen and that's how fickle this environment is. If you stuff up or you're not scoring runs the next person is going to take that opportunity and as long as we're winning I'm happy."

Brad Haddin's influence

"He is a guy who will call a spade a spade and will pull you up if you are out of line. The fortunate thing is that I have grown up playing grade cricket and State cricket and he has always pulled me into line when every I have been going a little bit wayward. Having him back here is like another father for me. It is exciting for me and exciting for the team."

Cutting corners in training

"That's something I picked up from Mike Hussey and Ricky Ponting. You would be up in the changeroom about to have a shower and you would look out there and go why are they still out there? You actually start learning that to help your team-mates you have to do those extra things, whether it is waiting half an hour after training to do your stuff. A lot of the guys do that. I've caught on that you have to give this 100% not go at 60 or 70% and be content with that."

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

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  • disco on July 17, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    As we travel this challenging and sometimes bewildering journey of life it is natural that with age comes a wisdom born of maturity and Warner is well over a month older now.

  • Peter on July 16, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    @landl47. He should have been sent home & suspended for a longer period. His responses to the newspaper tweets indicates he hasn't learnt a thing. He is an embarrassment.

  • Peter on July 16, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Guy has got a massive chip on his shoulders. Still whining about journalists. Its a free country, Davey.

  • Swami on July 16, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    A bit mature 'now' ? Now as in, from 8am today ?

  • Owen on July 16, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    More mature? In a matter of weeks? How is it possible to gauge that?! Sounds a bit like a scolded child promising his mummy that he's learnt his lesson

  • John on July 16, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    I've never seen the slightest sign that Warner has learned from his mistakes, either as a cricketer or as a person. Let's hope this time the message sinks in a little bit- he's got a lot of talent if he only had the discipline to harness it.

  • Shane on July 15, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Davey's matured in the last few weeks. Thats hilarious. Obviosuly Hads being around didn't do much.