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Warner 'learned a valuable lesson' in ball-tampering scandal

Speaking for the first time since his emotional media conference in Sydney, David Warner says he has "learned a valuable lesson".

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News 05 May 2018, 13:29 IST
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David Warner - cropped
David Warner playing Test cricket for Australia in South Africa

David Warner says he "learned a valuable lesson" from the ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket earlier this year.

Warner and captain Steve Smith were banned for a year after Cameron Bancroft - suspended for nine months - altered the condition of the ball with sandpaper during the third Test in South Africa in March.

Coach Darren Lehmann, who knew nothing of the plot, also stepped down in the wake of the incident, with Justin Langer this week confirmed as his successor.

Langer is open to a return for the trio once their bans have been completed, and Warner - speaking for the first time since his emotional news conference in Sydney - says his time away from the sport has given him a chance to reflect.

"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 told NT News at a cricket clinic in Darwin.

"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.

"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."

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