- Former England captain Michael Vaughan claims that the lack of support for Warner right now is due to his behaviour with other players over the past 2 years
- Vaughan believes that David Warner’s attitude problems has been created by Cricket Australia itself
- Vaughan was also not appreciative of the way David Warner conducted his press-conference 2 days after arriving in Australia
Following the Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft and David Warner ball tampering incident that took place last month, many greats of the game have come out and spoken out against the Australian board and the culture they have developed in their team. Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes that David Warner’s low-status in world cricket right now shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone given how his on-field behaviour has been. Both David Warner and Steve Smith have been banned by Cricket Australia for a period of 1 year, while 8-test match old Bancroft has been banned for 9 months.
Along with this both Steve Smith and David Warner IPL 2018 contracts have been terminated by BCCI for the upcoming season. Warner was the last of the 3 players to hold a press conference to explain his side of the story but it would be fair to say that his media interaction left all those watching with more questions than answers. The opener also admitted during the interaction that he could well have played his last test match for Australia, despite still wanting to give more to the country.
Warner has made few friends in world cricket with his on-field behaviour
However, there was a stark difference in the reaction of the public between Steve Smith’s and David Warner’s press conference. According to Vaughan, the lack of sympathy for Warner was basically due to his lack of friends in world cricket. “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,” said Vaughan.
Vaughan also agreed with his former English team-mate Nasser Hussain, who accused Warner of abusing every team other than India, in order to protect his lucrative IPL deal.
“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,” said Vaughan.
The blame lies with Cricket Australia and the culture they have been developing
The 43-year-old Vaughan was not afraid to criticize Cricket Australia for creating this rowdy culture in the Australian team. According to him, the blame for the most recent fiasco lies with the Australian board, who have allowed their players such freedom on the cricketing field.
“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. 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,” said the former England captain.
David Warner IPL 2018 contract with the Sunrisers Hyderabad was terminated by the BCCI shortly after Cricket Australia’s verdict. The 31-year-old will back with the 2016 title-winning team next year but will most likely miss out on millions from his IPL contract and sponsorship deals over the next 12 months.
During his radio interview, Vaughan was also not appreciative of the way David Warner conducted his press-conference 2 days after arriving in his home country. The opener failed to answer most of the questions that were asked to him and that left all those present in the room and watching with further doubts.
Vaughan said, “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. 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.”
“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,” the former England captain concluded at the end.