David Andrew Warner (born October 27, 1986) is a former Australian cricket captain and international cricketer from Australia. Warner, a left-handed opening batsman, is the first Australian cricketer to be selected for a national team in any format without having played first-class cricket in 132 years. In domestic cricket, he represents New South Wales and the Sydney Thunder.
Between 2015 and 2018, he served as Australia’s vice-captain in both Test and ODI cricket. He became the fourth player to win the Allan Border Medal multiple times and in consecutive years in January 2017. He became the first batsman for Australia and the eighth player overall to achieve a century in his 100th ODI on September 28, 2017.
Debut And Early Career
When David Warner was pulled from obscurity – without having played a single First-Class match – and struck a brilliant 89 off 43 balls in a T20l against South Africa, it was one of the most memorable debuts in international cricket. The innings was even the more astonishing because it came so soon after Australia’s morale-shattering home Test series loss in 2008-09.
Warner was one of many candidates for a spot in the Australian Test squad that had become available. Warner made his Test debut against New Zealand in the Australian summer of 2011. He was already a regular in the ODI line-up. Warner came into his own after a disappointing start at the Gabba with a career-defining century in Hobart.
He defied expectations by becoming only the 13th Australian opener to complete an innings. If his performance in Hobart was packed of guts and effort, he displayed a different side of his batting ability when he hammered a sluggish Indian bowling attack all around the WACA during a magnificent career-best knock of 180.
In the 2013-14 Ashes series in Australia, he scored freely and finished as the leading run-scorer. He scored 523 runs at an average of 58.11 in five matches, including two hundreds and two fifties.
Warner outperformed himself in The Ashes 2013-14, becoming the highest run-getter in the three-match Test series against South Africa, the world’s top-ranked team. He scored 543 runs in six innings at an average of 90.50, including three hundreds, two of which came in the penultimate Test. He was rightfully dubbed “Man of the Series.”
In 2015, his seniority was recognised when he was selected vice-captain to Steven Smith in the Test and ODI teams, and while Smith was rested, he led the ODI and T20 teams to tremendous success. It was a remarkable reversal for a man who had been suspended by Cricket Australia two years prior for hitting England’s Joe Root in a Birmingham bar and had previously been warned over a Twitter spat with a couple of journalists.
It also marked the end of a spectacular journey for a player who broke onto the international scene as a T20 specialist in 2008-09, becoming the first man to debut for Australia before playing first-class cricket since 1877. His stunning 89 from 43 balls on debut against South Africa announced his brilliance to the world, but few expected him to go on to become a crucial Test player as well.
Scandals And Declining Career
Warner was embroiled in an on-field confrontation with South Africa ‘A’ wicket-keeper Thami Tsolekile on July 27, 2013, while playing for Australia ‘A’ against South Africa ‘A’ in Pretoria. The umpires stepped in twice because it was judged serious, but no formal complaints were filed. He was finally forgiven and called into the Australian squad for the third Test against England, where he hit 193. What happened next was equally funnier, as he ‘hooked’ one to Root and was caught on the line.
David Warner’s incredible batting performances for Australia in all three forms was permanently overshadowed by his position as the architect of the Newlands ball-tampering affair in 2018 and his subsequent role as a prominent character in the country’s cultural crisis.
In the notorious Cape Town Test, Warner was accused of instructing teammate Cameron Bancroft to use sandpaper on the ball. Despite the fact that he was not charged by the ICC, Cricket Australia suspended him for a year from international and domestic cricket in Australia. He was deprived of his vice-captaincy and barred from holding any leadership positions for the rest of his life.
He returned for the 2019 World Cup and had a productive campaign before a record-breakingly awful Ashes performance in which he scored just 95 runs in ten innings. He made a strong comeback, scoring an undefeated 335 against Pakistan in Adelaide, the second greatest Test total by an Australian, during an Allan Border Medal-winning home summer.
Overseas players are a valuable commodity for any IPL club, or any league for that matter. That being said, David Warner is the most successful overseas batsman in the IPL’s history. In the IPL, he has amassed over 4000 runs, including 35 half-centuries and three hundreds, with a strike rate in the low 140s and an amazing average of 40.55.
Warner has been a crucial performer at the top of the order for both the Delhi Daredevils and the Sunrisers Hyderabad clubs. Warner had an average first season with the Daredevils, averaging 23 points per game with a strike rate in the low 120s.
David Warner had a stellar career that is overshadowed by the scandals he got involved in. The various awards that he garners is proof of his talent. With that being said, he is still thriving in the world of cricket, making his mark and contributing to the teams he is dedicated to.