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Former England captain Michael Vaughan has lashed out at David Warner, saying the Australian opener has verbally abused a number of teams and players over the years.
He also agrees with claims made by ex-England skipper Nasser Hussain that Warner will sledge any team other than India as it could ruin his chances of playing the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Warner was barred from playing in the IPL this year and was forced to step down as captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad due to his involvement in a ball tampering scandal during the ongoing Test series against South Africa.
It is understood that Warner played a leading role in the scandal, which occurred on the third day of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town, as he told fellow opening batsman Cameron Bancroft to alter the condition of the ball with sandpaper.
As a result, Warner and Steve Smith were banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia, while Bancroft was suspended for nine months. Smith won’t be allowed to captain Australia for two years, while Warner won’t be considered for leadership roles in the future.
“It’s not been surprising to me that the whole world have piled in because, particularly David Warner, he has said quite a few things to a number of teams and a number of individuals,” Vaughan said on BBC 5 Live Tonight as quoted by the Daily Mail. “I think Nasser Hussain summed it up on television when he said he seemed to have abused every team other than the Indians, which potentially might have affected his IPL contract.
“That’s been the reason why so many people have said ‘right, this is our time, we’re going to have a few words against the team and particularly David Warner’.
“He hasn’t got too many pals around the world in terms of what he’s done to them for the last few years.”
Vaughan also believes that Cricket Australia should take the blame for Warner’s aggressive on-field mentality and approach.
“I think he’s a wonderful player but some of the ways that he’s been around the team is down to Cricket Australia because they have unleashed him, they’ve told him to go out and be that person,” Vaughan said. “So they can’t turn around and say ‘we’ve got this character that we don’t want around anymore’ – (because) they created that character.
“You feel Cricket Australia wanted to stamp down, they’ve also got to look at themselves. With someone like David Warner, they called him ‘The Reverend’ after the Joe Root incident for two years because he was so plain, he was so nice, then all of a sudden they wanted ‘The Bull’ back. They wanted this fighting bull on the pitch.
“They unleashed The Bull and The Bull has come back to haunt them. Cricket Australia has to look at themselves. This David Warner character, I don’t like the way he acts, I don’t like the way he plays, I don’t like what I hear he says to the opposition players.
“He gets personal. Over two or three years CA said ‘go and be the bull, not the reverend’. They created this character, now they’re throwing him out as the scapegoat.”
Vaughan was also not a fan of Warner’s emotional press conference and criticised the 31-year-old for sidestepping questions about whether the ball tampering scandal was a one-off incident, and about Smith and Bancroft’s involvement.
“Warner’s press-conference was a bit more stage-managed, walking in with his wife and a kiss and a cuddle before in front of all the media. That didn’t need to happen,” Vaughan added. “I get PR and I get legalities and trying to fight contracts and bans but when you make a massive mistake face the music. Let people ask you the awkward questions and answer them. You’re the one that got the sandpaper out of the bag and used it.”
Vaughan also believes that not all the information about the ball tampering incident has been made public.
“We’re all still querying that only three people knew about the sandpaper. Many ex players are going ‘how can that be possible’,” he said. “I felt David Warner could quite easily put that to bed with his statement because David Warner didn’t come out and state that.
“He could have easily said ‘there were only three of us involved, this was an isolated incident, we had a terrible moment’, because he didn’t state that he’s let this story run and run and run.
Meanwhile, Vaughan also conceded that he doesn’t approve of the brand of cricket Australia have played in the past couple of years.
“This team has gone over the top,” he said. “There has been an outcry from the world of cricket because of the way the Australians have been over two or three years, the way they’ve fought certain things, the way they wanted the stump mic turned down.
“They’re the biggest abusers on the pitch that are playing the game at the minute. You’ve got to look at the way the Australians have reacted. If you think we’re being harsh, times it by 20 and that’s exactly what the Australians have been towards their own side.
“I don’t think it is just the world of cricket having an outcry, I think it’s the Australian public going ‘enough’s enough’.”