Watch: Warner gives emotional speech while receiving Allan Border medal
Australia opener David Warner hogged the limelight when he received his third Allan Border Medal at Australian Cricket Award ceremony. The elegant southpaw delivered an emotional speech while receiving his third Allan Border Medal in his glorious career.
The prestigious award is given to the Australian cricketer who scored most runs in a calendar year. Warner has been one of the consistent run-scorers for his team across all the formats and rightly so, he deserved this award more than anyone else.
Warner also went on to express that he was totally aware of him letting down his fans for his alleged involvement in the ball-tampering scandal.
During the Australian Test series in South Africa, Warner, along with the former captain Steve Smith, were handed a one-year ban for deciding to tamper the ball with sandpaper in 2018.
The main accused Cameron Bancroft was also seen using some foreign substances and pushing the sandpaper into his undergarment which was against the spirit of cricket. Both Steve Smith Smith and David Warner were handed a year ban from international cricket. Smith was axed from captaincy positions for a period of two years by Cricket Australia.
“I know I’ve let you guys down in the past. It’s just been remarkable to come back. With the World Cup, to not go the whole way was disappointing. The Ashes, retaining that was fantastic – I obviously didn’t turn up and I apologise for that – but I really had the hunger and determination to come back and do the best for our team,” Warner was quoted as saying by www.foxsports.com.au.
Warner returned back to his best in white-ball cricket and amassed the most number of runs in the last season of IPL and ended up as the second-highest run-scorer in the ICC World Cup held in England last year.
“To come back and have a summer like that and just contribute, it really put a smile on my face – and I hope it did for you guys as well,” added the 33-year old Warner.
“Having three daughters at home, looking up to guys like (Steve Smith) ‘Smithy’, (Pat Cummins) ‘Cummo’ – playing cricket in the backyard they’re yelling out Virat Kohli’s name – but these are the smiles on kids’ faces that we put on,” said David Warner in his emotional speech.
An emotional @davidwarner31 accepts his third Allan Border Medal.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 10, 2020