David Warner is unhappy with the support he and his family has received from Cricket Australia following a tumultuous opening to the Australian summer.
The Boxing Day Test against South Africa will be Warner’s 100th Test, and it comes at a time the Aussie opener revealed he has been battling with his mental health on the back of a lengthy feud between with cricket’s governing body.
Earlier in the summer, Warner withdrew his appeal against his leadership ban, saying his “family was more important to him than cricket”, and that he didn’t wish for them “to be the washing machine for cricket’s dirty laundry”.
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His wife Candice and their three daughters were also offered extra security for the Brisbane Test after being subject to “vile” abuse by punters at the Adelaide Oval.
Then during the Adelaide Test, Warner’s manager James Erskine dropped a bomb of his own on the cricket world when he alleged Cricket Australia representatives told the Australian team to tamper with the ball following the innings-loss to South Africa in Hobart in 2016.
Speaking with reporters at the MCG, Warner said his mental health as a result of the ongoing feud “probably wasn’t where it needed to be”, and that he wasn’t happy with the lack of support he had received from Cricket Australia.
But he said Christmas and the Boxing Day Test had given him a boost.
“From the CA point of view, I didn’t really have any support – my teammates, and the staff in our team were absolutely amazing and my family and friends (got) me through that period,” he said.
“It’s Christmas time, the festive part of the year – I’m in a great headspace now.
“I’m pumped to walk out there and play another Boxing Day Test, but more importantly we’ve got a series that’s on the line and we can put that away if we win.”
Warner said he was yet to formally sit down with CA, and will now wait until after the Sydney Test – which will also mark the end of the International summer – to do so.
It was at the MCG in January 2009 – in a T20 again against South Africa – that Warner burst onto the Australian scene with a man-of-the-match 89 off 43 balls. He said he still couldn’t believe he was about to play his 100th Test.
“It means the world to me – it’s the same old cliché but it’s obviously a massive occasion. For me personally, it’s going to be exciting and hopefully the emotions don’t attack,” he said.
“That young boy from housing commission in Matraville … that taught me how to fight hard and to achieve the goal that you wanted to do. I’m living every housing commission boy’s dream – I wanted to play cricket for Australia and I’m doing that now.
“My back’s up against the wall but it’s in my DNA to keep being competitive and take on whatever opposition I’m going to face, and I’m here today about to play my 100th Test match.
“I couldn’t be any more proud of myself, my family for getting me here and my closest friends.”
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