Warner 'humbled' as he adjusts to home life
Former vice-captain speaks publicly for the first time since emotional press conference at Sydney Airport
5 May 2018, 07:46 AM AEST
Banned Australian cricket David Warner says he's been "humbled" by the support he's received since the ball-tampering saga, adding he's enjoying spending more time with his family now that his cricket career has stalled.
Warner was one of three players suspended for a year last March for his role in the scandal, which also cost him the vice-captaincy of the Australian team.
Despite copping plenty of criticism and scrutiny for the incident, he says the saga has given him a reality check.
"It is humbling and overwhelming," he told NT News.
"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."
Warner has been keeping a low profile in Sydney since he gave an emotional press conference in his return home from South Africa, but is this week in the Northern Territory - including the remote Arnhem Land region - to host a cricket clinic and promote an app that helps deliver driver education
His international cricket career is on hold, and he also lost his multi-million dollar Indian Premier League contract this year, but he says he's enjoyed being out of the "bubble" of touring life.
"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."
New coach Justin Langer said this week said he's willing to welcome back the banned trio of Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft into the side once they have served their suspensions.
"If they are willing to meet the standards of the Australian cricket team, I think everyone has a place," Langer said.