David Warner ‘exhausted’ ahead of India, would rather skip Cricket Australia awards


David Warner is feeling fatigued ahead of next month’s Test tour of India and admits he would have liked to take Monday off from the Cricket Australia Awards to recover from the hectic summer at home.

starting in augustWarner played in the white-ball series against Zimbabwe, New Zealand, England and the West Indies, in every game of Australia’s T20 World Cup campaign, in every Test match of the home series against the West Indies and South Africa, and then managed Six BBL games on return. His unsuccessful appeal to overturn the lifetime leadership ban also got him results.

“It’s been challenging,” Warner told reporters about his busy summer. “I’m tired, tired.”

Difficult wickets await for India, as does the challenge of finding consistent form with the bat after a Test summer that saw a memorable double hundred and a flurry of unconvincing knocks.

The 36-year-old has five days to rest ahead of India but one of his evenings will be taken up by CA’s awards evening featuring the Test team ahead of their staggered flights.

T20I teammate Marcus Stoinis and BBL star Chris Lynn are missing the award night to play franchise cricket overseas.

“There are some players who have gone to the UAE league who are not going to the Cricket Australia Awards,” Warner said. “From my point of view, it would have been nice to have one more night at home. But it is what it is.”

Warner’s best performance of the BBL summer came on Friday night, when a blistering 20-ball 36 gave the Thunder a chance before rain washed out play.

While his results haven’t lived up to his billing, the opener said he never intended to use the BBL cameo for the longer format in India.

“You’re not really trying to negate the spinning ball, it’s the white ball too,” Warner said of the BBL. “For me, it was about coming back and trying to put some energy into the Thunder team and trying to put my best foot forward for the team. It hasn’t come this year.”

Warner is signed with the Thunder for another summer and will come into the tournament after the ODI World Cup in India, and potentially a similarly busy home Test summer if he is still playing and selected Huh. However, if he is still a part of the Test team next season, there is a chance that the schedule could be too tight with the series against the West Indies in late January.

“Hopefully next year I can come out and be a little fresher than what I am at the moment,” he said. This is going to be a long lead-in to our summer. From a personal point of view, I have to try to stay fit and fresh.”


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