Candice Warner hits out at David Warner ‘injustice’ as Cricket Australia considers lifting lifelong cricket leadership ban

Former Ironwoman Candice Warner has once again defended her cricket star husband David over his controversial lifetime leadership ban.

Candice first criticized the ban imposed by Cricket Australia over David’s involvement in the 2018 ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town in late 2021, saying Australia missed out on a “great captain” as a result of the ruling.

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“I think he’s only lost one out of nine or ten games as captain,” Candice said at the time.

Now, as the topic of David’s lack of involvement in the under-fire Big Bash League becomes a major talking point in cricket circles, Candice has doubled down on saying the “unfairness” of the ban continues to bother her.

“Yes, it bothers me. I don’t like injustice so it bothers me,” she told Triple M.

“But it doesn’t really bother him because he can captain in the UAE, he can captain in India where people appreciate his cricket brain and what he can bring to a team.”

The injustice of the ban was made clear in 2021 when former Test captain Steve Smith returned to the senior ranks after completing his own two-year ban for involvement in the ball-tampering scandal.

Smith’s promotion to vice-captain opened old wounds for the Warners, who said they have endured some seriously tough times while David was serving a year-long suspension.

David Warner and his wife Candice Warner pose for a portrait during a Cricket Australia media opportunity. Recognition: Kelly definition/Getty Images

“My job wasn’t to question my husband, it was to support David at the time,” Candice said.

“For me it was about being his strength as much as possible. I haven’t thought too much about anything. There were definitely times when as a family it was “what’s next”.

“But you take every day as it comes and there were plenty of opportunities for David to play in Canada and the Caribbean.

“There are definitely times when as an athlete you’re like, ‘Okay, I could sit down and get really excited, or I’ll set goals to move forward.'”

But with reports that Cricket Australia will soon be discussing the possibility of lifting Warner’s leadership ban at an upcoming board meeting in July, Candice said that possibility would not necessarily entice him to play in the BBL again.

“David has an incredible T20 record in India, in Australia he’s one of our best ever,” said Candice.

Steve Smith and David Warner were both retired from managerial roles following the ball-tampering scandal. Recognition: Albert Perez – ca/Getty Images

“Regardless of whether the suspension is lifted or not, if he plays Big Bash it’s a decision we’re talking about what’s best for the family at this time.

“Also, there is another league in the United Arab Emirates that has a lot more money financially.

“It’s not just about lifting Dave’s ban, it’s about what’s best for our family. And Dave just accepted that he now has this ban.

Candice’s comments follow a very public statement of support from current Test captain Pat Cummins towards Australia’s superstar opener Warner.

Speaking to News Corp, Cummins said he disagreed with the idea of ​​lifetime bans.

“I have views. Basically, I don’t agree with banning someone for life,” Cummins said.

David Warner could stay with the big bucks in the Indian Premier League instead of returning to the BBL. Recognition: AP

“People are allowed to learn, improve and grow. So yes, I fundamentally disagree with this concept.

“He’s a fantastic leader in our squad here. If he has a formal role, he would be fantastic in it too. So if that ever comes up, he’d be great.”

Australian cricketer Moises Henriques has also previously lashed out at Warner’s life ban, calling it “unfair”.

“I definitely think that’s not fair,” Henriques told News Corp in 2021.

“Anyone who goes through this and experiences the kind of coming out and exile that these guys experienced understands the impact of bad culture or the consequences of overdoing things.

“Anyone who learns the hard way like this is better suited for future leadership roles than if they hadn’t learned at all.”

While Cummins (captain) and Smith (vice-captain) are currently busy guiding the Australia Test team into the future, if his ban is indeed lifted by CA, Warner would be a great option for a leadership role in the game’s shorter formats.

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