‘Be the best person I can be’: Warner gives rare interview
David Warner has spoken publicly for the first time since Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft's controversial interviews, saying his focus is being "the best person I can be".
In a rare interview, Warner spoke about his chances of being recalled for the Australian team after he completed his suspension and the positive impact the ban has had on his family life.
One step at a time: David Warner said he is focusing on the short term during a rare interview in Bangladesh.Credit:AAP
Warner was speaking in Bangladesh, where he is preparing to play in that country's Twenty20 league.
He is set for another clash on Sunday with Smith, who has been cleared to line up for the Comilla Victorians franchise.
Warner's public appearances since his tearful apology in Sydney in the days after the ball tampering scandal broke in South Africa have been timed around developments in his cricket calendar.
Warner spoke while playing in the NT Strike League in the Northern Territory, in Canada for the Global T20 tournament and in Sydney soon after the start of the grade cricket season.
His international future had been in extreme doubt but he is now considered a strong chance to return for Australia's World Cup and Ashes defences in England.
The former vice-captain said his focus was more on the short term.
"It's up to the selectors whether or not they want to pick me," Warner said. "At the end of the day, all I can do is score runs in this tournament and the IPL, keep putting my hand up and making sure that I am the best person I can be."
Warner, whose wife Candice announced this week the couple were expecting their third child, said the suspension had enabled him to be around home more.
"Life has been good for me," Warner said. "I have been spending time with the family. I wouldn't be able to do that if I wasn't sitting in the sidelines. It is about getting the best out of myself and growing as a human being.
"The most important thing was being a father and husband at home. Now it is down to playing cricket again and making sure I get Sylhet Sixers on top of the table."
Warner said he would treat the clash with Smith on Sunday as just another game.
"It is not just taking on one player but taking on a team of 11 players," Warner said.
"It is about making sure that our bowlers know how to get Smith out, and then tackle the rest of the guys."
Warner will never hold a leadership position again with the Australia team but will skipper the Sixers, who are coached by former Pakistan great Waqar Younis.
"I am extremely grateful to be leading the side," Warner said.
"For me it is about making sure that we as a whole, including the support staff and management, can get the best out of the players.
"We have to establish our best XI when we get into the park and make sure we do the right things in training. I have to make sure I am doing my job right, which is scoring runs and leading the guys on the park."
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