David Warner had one of the most memorable debuts in international cricket when he became the first Australian cricketer in 132 years to be selected for a national team in any format without experience in first-class cricket. Warner is a left-handed opening batsman and former captain of the national side in ODI and T20I cricket.
Known around the world as one of the most aggressive top-order batsmen, David Warner has destroyed bowling attacks over the years. He has been the vice-captain of the Test and ODI national team between 2015 and 2018. Warner has been part of a fair share of controversies, the ball-tampering incident in 2018 is the biggest of them.
David Warner - Along the Years
Debut in IPl for Delhi Daredevils
Selected for 2015 ICC World Cup
Won his first Orange Cap in IPL
Became No 1 batsman in ICC rankings
Selected for 2019 Cricket World Cup
While playing for New South Wales, Warner scored 197 runs off 141 balls, the highest score in Australian one-day domestic cricket. Warner’s aggregate of 311 runs in the final of CB series against Sri Lanka cricket team is the highest ever for the finals of an Australian Tri-Series. Warner is the first Australian cricketer in 132 years to be selected for a national team in any format without experience in first-class cricket.
He is the first Australian batsman to score 7 ODI centuries in a calendar year. He is also the first Australian to reach 1,500 T20I runs. David Warner became the first batsman to ever score three centuries at The WACA. His 23 ball half-century is the fastest by an Australian in Test cricket. On 27 September 2017, he became the first batsman to score a century in his 100th ODI.
Awards and Accolades
Warner is the fourth player to win the Allan Border Medal more than once and also win the award in consecutive years. He won it in 2016 and 2017. He was also awarded Australia’s ODI Player of the Year award in 2017.
Warner made his first-class debut for New South Wales in the final match of the 2008-09 Sheffield Shield competition. Warner played for Sydney Sixers in the 2012-2013 season of the Big Bash League.
Warner made his ODI debut in 2009 against South Africa. Warner scored his first ODI century in the first final of the CB series against Sri Lanka. Warner continued his good performance in the 2015 Cricket World Cup. He scored 178 runs against Afghanistan, his highest score in ODI and helped Australia cricket team to score the highest team total in any World Cup.
In 2016 Warner scored more runs in ODI than Test and was named in the World ODI XI by ICC in 2016 and 2017. Warner led his team for the first time during the 2016 ODI series against Sri Lanka. He was appointed the captain for the 2017-18 Trans-Tasman Tri-Series.
In April 2019, Warner was selected for the 2019 World Cup squad. During the World Cup, he became the first batsman to score two 150+ runs in the Cricket World Cup. He also reached the 1300 runs in international cricket during the tournament. He finished the tournament as the second-highest run-scorer behind Rohit Sharma.
Warner made his Test debut against New Zealand in 2011. Ten days after his Test debut, he made his maiden Test century. For his performance in 2014, he was named in the World Test XI by ICC. Warner scored 418 runs in the 2015 Ashes, although Australia lost the series 3-2. In 2015, he was again named in the ICC World XI. Warner reached the 5000 Test runs mark in 2016.
On 24 March 2018, during the third Test of the series against South Africa, Cameron Bancroft was seen using sandpaper to rough up one side of the ball. Alongside Bancroft, captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were found to be involved in the incident. At the press conference at the end of the day’s play, Bancroft and Steve Smith admitted to ball-tampering and Smith also admitted that the plan was made by the “leadership group”.
They were forced to step down as captain and vice-captain of the Australian team. On 27 March 2018, Smith, Warner and Bancroft were suspended and sent back home on the charge of bringing the game into dispute. Warner was found responsible for the development of the plan to tamper the ball and instructing Bancroft on how to do it.
He was also found guilty of misleading the match officials and not voluntarily reporting his involvement. Warner received a twelve-month suspension from all international and domestic cricket and he will not be considered for the team leadership position in the future. In July 2019, Warner was selected for the 2019 Ashes squad.
His Twenty20 debut came against New Zealand on 11 January 2009. His score of 89 was the second-highest score on Twenty20 international debut. The opening pair of Warner and Shane Watson have been the most successful opening pair in T20I history. They are the only opening pairs to have scored over 100 runs in T20I. Warner is the first Australian batsman to reach 1,500 T20I runs. Warner captained the side for the T20I series against Sri Lanka in 2016 and won the series 2-0.
Warner 4076 runs in the IPL are the most by an overseas player in the IPL. He also holds the record of most half-centuries with 44 to his name and the highest individual score by a captain (126) in the IPL. He has won the IPL Orange Cap three times, the most by any batsman.
From 2009 to 2013, Warner was the part of Delhi Daredevils. In the auction leading up to the 2014 IPL season, Warner was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for US$880,000. In 2015, he was appointed the captain of the team and he ended the season as the highest run-scorer. In 2016, he led the team to their maiden IPL trophy. He was again awarded the Orange Cap in the 2017 season.
Following the ball-tampering incident, he was banned from IPL 2018. Warner returned to Sunrisers Hyderabad for the 2019 season. He finished the season as the leading run-scorer and got his third Orange Cap, the most by any batsman in IPL history.
David Warner’s parents are Howard Warner and Lorraine Warner. He is married to Candice Warner and has three daughters. He also has an elder brother named Steven.