Australia batsman David Warner was banned for a year from international cricket due to his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
According to an interview published in The Guardian, former England Test skipper Alastair Cook had described an incident, which took place during the 2017-18 Ashes, in his new book – ‘The Autobiography.’
“David Warner, a couple of beers into his celebration, mentioned that he used substances attached to the strapping on his hand to accelerate the deterioration of the ball during a first-class match. I looked at Steve Smith who shot a glance that said: ‘Ooh, you shouldn’t have said that,'” Cook revealed in his book.
Ever since he returned to international cricket, Warner has been welcomed back with abuses and rude sledges all through the 2019 World Cup and the Ashes 2019 in England.
The 32-year-old, however, managed to overcome these hurdles to score a total of 647 runs in the 2019 World Cup. He emerged as the second-highest run-getter of the tournament after India’s Rohit Sharma.
However, the left-hander has failed miserably so far in the Ashes series against England. Barring one half-century, his run-scoring ability has been tested with four single-digit numbers and three ducks to his name in eight innings of four Tests.
Despite Warner’s poor form, Australia ended up retaining the urn with an unassailable 2-1 lead in the five-match Test series.
The fifth and the final Ashes Test is slated to start from September 12 at Kennington Oval, London.