I spoke to Mark Taylor about my turbulent career, reveals David Warner

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“There’s always going to be ups and downs in your life but it’s probably been a pretty bad six months for myself”

Australia opening batsman David Warner has revealed that he talked to former captain Mark Taylor about his turbulent career, which has seen him banned for punching England batsman Joe Root during the Champions Trophy and, most recently, slapped with a one-game suspension by New South Wales after missing their limited overs match against Victoria to have a private coaching session and spend an afternoon at the races.

Warner admitted that he had acted like a “pest in the past” and acknowledged that he had to buckle down and start behaving like “mature adult”.

“The old saying is that things come in threes and I think I’ve had my turn now,” Warner said. “There’s always going to be ups and downs in your life but it’s probably been a pretty bad six months for myself, but now it’s about moving forward and getting on with cricket and trying to be a mature adult.

“I had a talk with Mark Taylor and you’re basically remembered for your stats that are brought up on the screen. You look at your average and the games that you’ve played and if those two don’t add up then you’re really not going to be remembered.”

Warner was dropped for Australia’s ongoing limited overs tour of India and conceded that he could not keep relying on his past successes.

“I’ve probably been a pest in the past but now it’s about maturing and settling down and actually working hard at the game,” Warner said. “As a young guy, the last probably three or four years I probably have taken things for granted and now it’s about trying to be as consistent as I can and trying to be a leader around the group.

“The way you act and the way you can lead the team by example and the role model that you are, that’s how you remember the likes of Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh, Allan Border, Ricky Ponting, there’s a long list there.

“Those guys are so good at what they did that they’re always going to be remembered and everyone will always walk past you down the street and say, ‘you know what mate, you had a great career and we always loved watching you’.

“And that’s the type of person that you want to be remembered for, for what you did on the field and what you do off the field.”

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