- David Warner has mocked his ‘stupid’ critics
- Warner’s place in the Australia team was questioned
- He has been Australia’s best player at the World Cup
David Warner has taken aim at his ‘stupid’ critics with the Australian opener enjoying a sensational Cricket World Cup campaign that has put his country in a strong position to reach the semi finals.
The veteran, 37, has hit more than 400 runs at the tournament in India, including consecutive centuries against Pakistan and the Netherlands, as well as a knock of 81 runs against New Zealand.
That form has seen Warner become Australia’s most prolific scorer of centuries in World Cups, marking an inspired resurgence following his torrid Test series against England in the Ashes.
His performances over the five-Test series saw many fans and pundits calling for Warner to walk away from the sport, even though he has his sights set on a swansong this summer, and says he has proved his doubters emphatically wrong.
‘Everyone keeps writing me off,’ Warner said.
David Warner has hit back at his ‘stupid’ critics amid his incredible World Cup form
The veteran opener has scored over 400 runs and has been Australia’s star man
‘At the end of the day, I’m doing as well as I can, I’m just trying to go out there and start as well as I can up front in the first 10 (overs). And if I get in I try and make the most of it.
‘It’s also awesome to have Heady (Travis Head) and Mitch (Marsh) there as well, because it allows that pressure to keep being put back onto the opposition.’
When asked whether the criticism adds fuel to his fire, Warner said: ‘Nup. I just make everyone look stupid.’
Warner will stay in India following the World Cup campaign for five T20 matches against the host nation. He explained that he was permitted to skip the South Africa series before the tournament and will repay the favour while big names including Pat Cummins and Mitch Marsh head home instead of playing the series.
‘I had my daughter’s birthday at home (during the South Africa) which I asked to spend time with her which was great. And yeah we’ve got obviously no time to go home if we make the final,’ Warner said.
He insists he has not taken extra motivation from widespread doubts of his ability
‘It’s not ideal that series is on. I’m probably sure from an Indian cricket point of view from the guys playing the World Cup it’s not ideal. So yeah look it what it is, it’s in the calendar, we have to play.’
He also lifted the lid on how he has managed to play a more expensive game behind square on the leg side.
‘I’ve always had it. It’s just more of a scoring option here when the wickets and boundaries are quite small,’ Warner said.