David Warner hasn’t had a productive few months on and off the cricket field. While he scored a majestic double century in his 100th Test match, it was a very moderate summer for the New South Welshman who failed to replicate the magic he has been doing for the last few years. Off the field, he failed to overturn a captaincy ban decision in a somewhat controversial manner, which took a mental toll on him.
Ahead of the Border Gavaskar Trophy tour of India, which needs Warner to be at his very best, the left-handed opener suggested that he is “tired and exhausted” and might as well skip the Cricket Australia awards this Monday to recover from a busy home summer.
"It's been challenging," Warner told reporters of his busy summer. "I'm quite tired, exhausted."
"There are a few guys who have gone to the UAE League, which aren't going to the Cricket Australia awards," Warner said. "From my perspective, that would've been nice to have had another night at home. But it is what it is."
Warner has had a difficult time in his Big Bash League return and 36 runs from 20 balls in a rain-affected game ended up as his best performance this summer.
"You're not really trying to negate the spinning ball, it's a white ball as well. For me, it was about coming back and trying to inject some energy into the Thunder team and trying to put my best foot forward for the team. It hasn't come off this year.
"Hopefully next year I can come out and be a little bit fresher than what I am at the moment," he said. It's going to be a long lead-in to our summer. From a personal point of view, I'm going to have to try and work out how to stay nice and fresh."