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Australia opener David Warner has expressed his gratitude for all the support he has received after being banned for 12 months.
Warner is understood to have played a leading role in the ball tampering scandal that shocked the cricketing world. It is believed that Warner told fellow opening batsman Cameron Bancroft to alter the condition of the ball with sandpaper on the third day of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
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 was stripped of the vice-captaincy and won’t be considered for leadership roles in the future.
Warner admitted that he has had a lot of time to reflect on his actions and while he understands that some people still harbour ill feelings towards him, he is thankful for all those who have forgiven him and shown him compassion.
“It is humbling and overwhelming,” he told NT News as quoted by cricket.com.au. “Sometimes you sit back and reflect and wonder do people care about you as a person.
“Sometimes with our society something has to happen for the worst for people to come out and show a lot of support and I think I’ve learned a valuable lesson in this myself for the support I have been given to be on the front foot to help others.”
Not only has Warner’s international career been halted, but he was also barred from participating in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Furthermore, he stepped down as captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Despite this, Warner admitted that he is pleased to be able to spend more time with his family.
“I think the biggest thing for us has been when you are in a routine you can get caught in a bubble — cricket, hotels, packing your bags, coming home,” he said. “You are not home for long. With an extended period of time you are in a good routine but then it is selfless — kids are a priority — so it’s day care, swimming lessons, gymnastic lessons and then you get your quality time together as parents.
“(Wife) Candice and I do all those things together. We take them to these things together — pick them up together.
“I always make sure I am able to do it all the time. I am making time now and it is worthwhile.
“I’ve missed that part until now where the kids run up to the gate saying, ‘Mummy and Daddy are here’, and I am really enjoying and embracing that.”