David Warner ready to have ‘honest conversation’ with Cricket Australia to overturn ban

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 barred from taking a managerial position in Australian cricket for the rest of his career.
However, there is a growing feeling in the game that the decision must be reversed to allow Warner to at least captain the BBL. Thunder will need a new captain for the 2022-23 season following the transfer of Usman Khawaja to Brisbane Heat.

“It hasn’t really been put on the table,” Warner said Sunday. “As I’ve said many times off the record, it’s up to 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 2018 and when all these sanctions were imposed. It would be great to have a conversation with them and see where we are.”

Australian Test captain Pat Cummins has been a vocal advocate for Warner’s ban being overturned. “I don’t see why. He’s a brilliant leader. I hope so,” he said at the recent Chappell Foundation dinner at the SCG.

Smith, who captained Newlands in 2018, was banned from coaching for two years and last year led Australia in the second Test against England in Adelaide when Cummins was sent off due to a close contact with Covid.

However, whether or not he has a captaincy again in Australian cricket, Warner believes he can play a leadership role.

“I have the experience, I’m a leader in the team anyway without having a title,” he said. “That’s what I want, to give back, so if they [younger players] can choose my brain any way, my phone is still there, they have my number and they can see me when I’m in the training facility.”

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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