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.
|Date of Birth||27th October 1986|
|Birthplace||Paddington, New South Wales|
|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|
|ICC Ranking in Batting||10||8||45|
|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|
|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|
|HS||335* vs. Pak||179 vs. Pak||100* vs. SL||126 vs. Kolkata|
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Here are some of Warner’s biggest achievements in international 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.
David Warner has several nicknames: Lloyd, Mario, Bull, Cannon, The Reverend, Pocket Dynamo.
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.
David Warner has 3 daughters: Ivy Mae Warner (born in 2014), Indi Rae (born in 2016), and Isla Rose (born in 2019).
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.
David Warner’s height is 5’7”, i.e. 1.7 m.