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David Warner: The Pocket Dynamo

A fiery, destructive left-handed opening batsman from New South Wales, David Warner became the first Australian cricketer in 132 years to get into the national team without playing a first-class game. He had one of the most memorable debuts in international cricket, scoring a stunning 89 off just 43 balls in a T20l match against South Africa.

David Warner is one of the few players in world cricket who are doing well across all formats of the game and Cricket Australia continues to benefit immensely from his presence at the top of the order.

  • Personal Details
  • Current Rankings
  • Career Beginning
  • Career Summary
  • Captaincy Record
  • Bio
    • Early Years
    • Start of Domestic and International Career
    • Entry into Franchise and Test Cricket
    • Disciplinary Issues and a Strong Comeback
    • World Cup and League Winner
    • Ball Tampering Scandal
    • The Second Comeback
  • Records and Achievements
    • International Cricket
    • League Cricket
  • FAQs

Personal Detail

Name David Warner
Date of Birth 27th October 1986
Birthplace Paddington, New South Wales
Height 6'10"
Playing Role Top-order batsman
Batting Style Left-handed batsman
Teams Played For Australia, Australia A, Australia Under-19s, Australian Cricketers Association All-Stars, Cricket Australia Chairman's XI, Delhi, Durham, Middlesex, New South Wales Under-23s, Northern Districts, St Lucia, Hyderabad, Sydney S, Sydney T, Sylhet, Winnipeg

Current Rankings

Game Format Test ODI T20
ICC Ranking in Batting 10 8 45

Career Beginning

Test Debut vs. New Zealand at Brisbane, 01 Dec. 2011
ODI Debut vs. South Africa at Hobart, 18 Jan. 2009
T20I Debut vs. South Africa at Melbourne, 11 Jan. 2009
Indian T20 League Debut vs. Chennai at Johannesburg, 02 May 2009

Career Summary

Format M Runs HS Avg SR 100 200 50 4s 6s Ct
Test 86 7311 335* vs. Pak 48.1 72.69 24 2 30 859 56 41
ODI 128 5455 179 vs. Pak 45.08 95.53 18 0 23 571 85 78
T20I 81 2265 100* vs. SL 31.46 139.73 1 0 18 219 89 41
IT20L 142 5254 126 vs. Kolkata 42.72 141.54 4 0 48 511 194 89

Captaincy Record

Format Matches Won Lost Tie NR
ODI 3 3 0 0 0
T20I 9 8 1 0 0
IT20L 62 34 27 0 1

David Warner’s Bio

Early Years

David Warner was born on 27th October 1986 in Paddington, Sydney. Warner attended Matraville Public School and Randwick Boys High School. At the age of 13, he was asked by his coach to switch to right-handed batting because he kept hitting the ball in the air.

However, his mother, Sheila Warner, encouraged him to return to batting left-handed and he broke the U-16's run-scoring record for the Sydney Coastal Cricket Club. He then made his first grade debut for the Eastern Suburbs club at the age of 15. He later toured Sri Lanka with Australia U-19s and earned a rookie contract with the state team.

Start of Domestic and International Career

On 29th November 2008, Warner hit his first domestic one day cricket century, a score of 165* for New South Wales (NSW) against Tasmania, making a record for the highest one day score by a NSW player. He backed it up with a 54-ball 97 and narrowly missed the record for the fastest-ever century in Australian domestic cricket.

Warner made his T20I debut in 2009 against South Africa, where he smashed a quick 89 off 43 balls. He played his first ODI a few days later. After some good performances with the bat in the T20 arena, Warner finally made his first-class debut for New South Wales in the 2008-09 Sheffield Shield against Western Australia in the final match of the season on 5th March 2009. Coming in at No. 6 in the batting order, Warner scored 42 runs off 48 balls. Playing for New South Wales, Warner also broke the record for the highest Australian score in domestic one day cricket. He scored 197 runs off just 141 balls, which included 20 fours and 10 sixes.

Entry into Franchise and Test Cricket

Warner was signed by Delhi before the 2009 season of the Indian T20 League and he had reasonable success in the league for the next four seasons. He made his Test debut against New Zealand in 2011. Regarded as a limited-overs specialist due to his attacking style of play, he proved his critics wrong by scoring a brilliant 123* runs against New Zealand in his second Test.

That knock showed his temperament and patience, both of which are required to survive in the longest format of the game. Warner then blasted his way to a memorable 180 against India in Perth before a blistering century against South Africa at Adelaide the following summer.

Disciplinary Issues and a Strong Comeback

Warner cemented his place on the Australian team but has faced criticism for unnecessary off-field issues, which often lead to disciplinary action against him. There was a blemish on Warner's otherwise prolific career just before Australia's Ashes campaign in England in 2013. form and consistency throughout the year and was eventually dropped from the team. He missed out on the 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh due to a freaky hand injury in the locker room during the T20I against the West Indies.

On 12th June 2013, Warner was dropped from Australia's second match in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy against New Zealand for disciplinary reasons. Warner allegedly had an altercation with Joe Root, for which he was fined and not allowed to play for the country until the third Ashes Test. He subsequently missed the rest of the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, which Australia exited in the group stages.
Warner, however, fought back hard with loads of runs in the domestic season and contributed heavily in the return Ashes that followed Down Under. He scored 523 runs in the series at an average of 58.11, which included 2 hundreds and as many fifties. He continued his great form by scoring 3 centuries in South Africa, including the twin centuries in the final Test at Cape Town. He repeated this feat against India in Adelaide as the team made its return to cricket after the unfortunate death of Phillip Hughes.

World Cup and League Winner

Warner started the 2015 Cricket World Cup decently by scoring 22 against England in the opening match of the tournament and followed it by a score of 34 against New Zealand. In the team’s fourth match against Afghanistan, he scored an outstanding 178 runs off 133 balls, his then highest score in ODIs, and helped Australia to post the highest team total in any World Cup. Warner ended up as the team's second-highest run scorer in the tournament, scoring 345 runs at an average of 49.28. Australia won the World Cup beating New Zealand in the final at Melbourne.

Following the 2014 auction, Warner moved to the Hyderabad team and was appointed captain of the team the next year. Warner ended the season as the tournament's leading run scorer winning the Orange Cap, although the team narrowly missed out on reaching the play-offs. He continued leading the team for a second season in 2016, in which the team won its first championship. He scored 69 runs off 38 balls in the final against Bangalore. Warner finished the season with 848 runs, the second-highest in the tournament after Virat Kohli.
In 2017, Warner scored 126 runs against Kolkata surpassing his previous career high of 109*. This also marked his third century in the league. He finished the season as the leading run scorer and was awarded the Orange Cap for the second time. He finished the season with 641 runs at an average of 58.27.

Warner won the Allan Border Medal in 2016 and 2017, becoming the fourth player after Ricky Ponting, Shane Watson and Michael Clarke to win it consecutively. He also became the first Australian cricketer to score 7 ODI centuries in a calendar year (2016), becoming joint-second with Sourav Ganguly on the all-time list and only behind Sachin Tendulkar (9).

Ball Tampering Scandal

Though Warner’s career has been full of controversies, what happened during Australia’s 2018 tour to South Africa can be termed the darkest day of his cricketing life. During the third Test played on 24th March in Cape Town, Cameron Bancroft was caught tampering with the ball with sandpaper. David Warner was found to be the leader of this whole incident, so he was banned from playing for 12 months by Cricket Australia.

This also saw him being barred from the Indian T20 League in 2018. As a result, he lost a number of his brand contracts too.

The Second Comeback

It was a tough one year for Warner but he returned a stronger and hungrier man. He made his comeback in 2019 and showed his superb form in the 12th edition of the Indian T20 League, scoring 692 runs at an average of 69.2 and winning the Orange Cap for the third time.

Warner was included in the 2019 World Cup squad and batted like a man on a mission in the mega event. He finished the tournament as the leading run scorer for Australia, with 647 runs in 10 matches and second overall, just one run behind Rohit Sharma. Australia lost to England in the semi-final.

On 27th October 2019, in the first T20I match against Sri Lanka, Warner scored his first century in T20I, becoming the third Australian batsman to score centuries in all three formats after Shane Watson and Glenn Maxwell. On 30th November 2019, Warner scored his maiden Test triple century, scoring 335* against Pakistan, the second-highest individual score for Australia behind Matthew Hayden's 380. He also became the second batsman to score a triple century in a pink-ball Test.

Records and Achievements:

Ever since his debut, David Warner has established himself as one of the leading players in international cricket and as well as in league cricket. He is one of the key players for Australia in all formats of the game.

International Cricket

Here are some of Warner’s biggest achievements in international cricket:

  • Warner’s 89 runs off just 43 balls in his first T20I is the second-highest score by a debutant player in an international T20 match.
  • In 2015, Warner became the second Australian batsman to score centuries in both the innings of a Test match three times, the first being Ricky Ponting.
  • He was part of the highest Test partnership for the sixth wicket. He achieved this feat against South Africa during the partnership of 399 runs with Jonny Bairstow.
  • David Warner’s record-breaking 7 ODI centuries in 2016 made him the first Australian batsman to reach that mark in a year.
  • In 2017, Warner became the first batsman from Australia to score a century in his 100th One Day international match.
  • Warner won the Allan Border Medal in 2016 and 2017, becoming the fourth player after Ricky Ponting, Shane Watson and Michael Clarke to win it consecutively.
  • Warner is the third Australian batsman to score centuries in all three formats of the game after Shane Watson and Glenn Maxwell.

League Cricket

David Warner started his league career with Delhi in 2009, but moved to Hyderabad in 2014. He is the current captain of the Hyderabad team.

  • Warner has been the most successful overseas batsman in the history of the league, being one of the 5 batsmen to score more than 5,000 runs.
  • Warner has won the Orange Cap title three times: 2015, 2017 and 2019.
  • In the 2016 season, when his team won the title, he was the second-highest run scorer in the tournament, with 848 runs at a strike rate of 151.42.
  • He has scored more than 500 runs in every season of the league since 2014.
  • Warner has scored the most fifties (48) and the third-highest number of centuries (4) in the league.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does David Warner have a nickname?

David Warner has several nicknames: Lloyd, Mario, Bull, Cannon, The Reverend, Pocket Dynamo.

How many Orange Caps has David Warner won?

Warner has been one of the most successful batsmen in the Indian T20 League. He has won the Orange Cap three times (2015, 2017 and 2019) and has scored over 5000 runs in the league.

When did Ben Stokes move to England?

David Warner has 3 daughters: Ivy Mae Warner (born in 2014), Indi Rae (born in 2016), and Isla Rose (born in 2019).

Does David Warner play in the BBL?

Warner has played in the BBL for 3 seasons. He was with Sydney Thunder for the first and third seasons while he played for Sydney Sixers in the second season.

What is David Warner’s height?

David Warner’s height is 5’7”, i.e. 1.7 m.


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