Former Australia vice-captain David Warner said that he is “humbled and overwhelmed” by the support he has received since the ball-tampering saga.
Warner was suspended for 12-months from cricket due to his role as chief instigator in the ball-tampering scandal at Cape Town in March. Steve Smith was banned for one year while Cameron Bancroft was given a nine-month suspension.
Warner was also stripped of vice-captaincy and banned from ever having leadership role in Australia.
Warner has also also been barred from IPL 2018, where he was to lead Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
Now, more than a month after his emotional press conference at Sydney airport, Warner has talked about the whole situation. He said that the episode has given him a reality check.
Speaking to NT News, Warner said, “It is humbling and overwhelming. Sometimes you sit back and reflect and wonder do people care about you as a person.”
“Sometimes with our society something has to happen for the worst for people to come out and show a lot of support and I think I’ve learned a valuable lesson in this myself for the support I have been given to be on the front foot to help others,” Warner said.
Warner, however, maintains that he is enjoying being out of the bubble of touring life.
“I think the biggest thing for us has been when you are in a routine you can get caught in a bubble — cricket, hotels, packing your bags, coming home,” he said.
“You are not home for long. With an extended period of time you are in a good routine but then it is selfless — kids are a priority — so it’s day care, swimming lessons, gymnastic lessons and then you get your quality time together as parents. (Wife) Candice and I do all those things together. We take them to these things together — pick them up together. I always make sure I am able to do it all the time. I am making time now and it is worthwhile.”
“I’ve missed that part until now where the kids run up to the gate saying, ‘Mummy and Daddy are here’, and I am really enjoying and embracing that.”
On Friday, Steven Smith had also expressed his gratitude to the fans for their support though a social media post.
Justin Langer, the new Australian coach has said that Smith, Warner and Bancroft would be welcomed back in the team.