Former Australian opener David Warner’s departure from the field of play during a domestic club game mid-innings as he was upset by sledging he received was ironic to say the least. The term ‘sledging’ in cricket for those who do not know it, is where a player tries to gain an advantage on the field of play by verbally insulting and intimidating the opposition.
David Warner was often the ringleader in sledging duties when playing for Australia. Jonathan Trott and Virat Kohli are just 2 international players that have received crass comments from David Warner. Walking from the field of play did not receive a positive response from most of the Australian cricket media who in the main felt he was whinging and hypocritical.
To start gaining back the lost respect and goodwill from the cricket world, David should quitely get on with the business of scoring lots of runs. No one can doubt David’s batting ability and his recent 100 plus scores in club cricket show he still has the desire to return to the International stage. However, the harsh reality is that he is needs to demonstrate a higher level of emotional intelligence and humility to win back the trust of the Australian public, selectors and teammates.