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The first test is only kicking off tomorrow and I can’t help but get a feeling I’m probably going to be sick of Warner’s media efforts by the end of it.
If not by the end of the test, it will definitely be by the end of the summer.
I really, really, hope that by the end of his career we are not talking about his talking. Instead, I hope it’s his batting record that is the main focus. However, I get the feeling that I shouldn’t hold my breath.
Previously, I have shared my views about the debate surrounding who should get the VC next to their name. My stance was firmly against Warner getting it because of his big mouth, and for smacking Root a few years back. I will have to admit a small amount of hypocrisy here though. I was a huge backer of Shane Warne for Captain, but I feel there are differences between the two that justify my view on Warner.
The recent “Warnerism” came when he decided to weigh into the Smith/McCallum debate over the Stokes ball handling in the Australia v England ODI series. McCallum had written an article commenting that in the future Smith may regret not recalling the appeal against Stokes. Smith has since responded by telling McCallum that he would do it again if the situation arose.
Now Warner has decided that he should join the war of words to support Smith because clearly, if there are words being said, Warner should be in the middle too.
For what it’s worth, I think McCallum has earned the right to comment on whatever he see fits in the world of cricket. I also think that Smith was well within his rights to appeal and leave the decision to the umpires in the case of the Stokes ball handling. If people have a problem with Stokes being given out, start a campaign to get the rules changed, or what the umpires can review. I know many people are focused on the ‘spirit of cricket’ side of things, but seriously, if it’s against the spirit of cricket, it should be simply be in the laws.
Back to Warner. I find some of his comments fairly hypocritical and also condescending towards McCallum. To claim that McCallum should stay out of it (and I quote) “because one, he’s never played in an Ashes series and two, he doesn’t know what it’s like to play in an Ashes series”, seems pretty childish.
The incident didn’t happen during the ashes for one……Davey. And two, just because he hasn’t played in the Ashes, doesn’t mean he hasn’t felt pressure or tense situations. As Big Mac says, cricket is still just a game.
I would actually love to see Smith come out and take a leaf from the McCallum Captaincy Manual. But, I think with Warner as his VC there is little chance that the culture is going to change. I love aggressive, hard-nosed cricket, but there are plenty of times I cringe at the carry on from some of the Aussie players. Warner is at the top of the list.
Let’s hope for a hard fought series with a bit of niggle. BUT… if I have to hear the company line ‘‘we play aggressive cricket, but we know where the line is and not to cross it’’ one more time, I’m going to throw something (probably a tinny) at the T.V. I’m guessing I’m going to need a tonne of ammo for the summer and maybe something to protect the T.V.