David Warner open to having an ‘honest conversation’ with Cricket Australia to get ban overturned


Warner was the most heavily punished of the three players involved in the 2018 ball-tampering incident against South Africa in Cape Town – alongside Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft – with him prevented from holding any leadership position in Australian cricket for the rest of his career.
However, there is growing sentiment in the game that the decision needs to be overturned to allow Warner to captain in the BBL at least. Thunder will need a new captain for the 2022-23 season after Usman Khawaja moved to Brisbane Heat.

“That hasn’t really been brought to the table,” Warner said on Sunday. “As I’ve said plenty of times off the record, it’s upon the board to reach out to me and open their doors. Then I can sit down and have an honest conversation with them.

“The board has changed since back in 2018 and when all those sanctions were dealt. It would be great to have a conversation with them and see where we are at.”

Australia Test captain Pat Cummins has been a strong advocate of overturning the ban on Warner. “I don’t see why not. He’s a brilliant leader. I hope so,” he said at the recent Chappell Foundation dinner at the SCG.

Smith, who was captain at Newlands in 2018, was given a two-year leadership ban and last year led Australia in the second Test against England in Adelaide when Cummins was ruled out due to being a Covid close contact.

However, regardless of whether he has captaincy position in Australian cricket again, Warner believes he can play a leadership role.

“I’ve got the experience, I’m a leader in the side anyway without having a title,” he said. “That’s what I’m about, giving back, so if they [younger players] can pick my brains in any way, my phone is always there, they have my number, and they can see me when I’m at the practice facilities.”

When announcing Warner’s signing, Thunder said a decision on the club’s captaincy would “be made closer to the start of the season”


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