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‘There was a bit of a fight to keep’ David Warner in his early years, says Michael Clarke

‘There was a bit of a fight to keep’ David Warner in his early years, says Michael Clarke

David Warner, in a span of 15 years, has become Australia's second-highest runs-scorer across formats.

Australia opener David Warner has had a great career to say the least, for a player who at one point was only looked as an option in T20s. Warner. who is playing his final Test against Pakistan, at the SCG, has shown the world that he is one of the modern-day greats, and his presence will be sorely missed by the team.

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke, who saw the rise of Warner during his tenure, opened up on how the latter was a tough customer to deal with, and how his talent kept the Cricket Australia contract being ripped up. Speaking on ESPN’s Around The Wicket, Clarke mentioned that Warner got all the support in the world, in the early part of his career.

“Davey has always been a tough character, someone I loved having in the team, that intent, that aggressive approach. But he was the same off the field, a little bull, and got into a little bit of trouble along the way. But think he had a lot of support and help from, certainly, senior players and around Cricket Australia that helped him not have his contract ripped up. 

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“There was a bit of a fight to keep him because he was so important to the team. [There was] the confidence, being his captain, that [at] the start of his career that like all of us, we are young, [he] needed to learn lessons along the way. Davey’s game has really been learnt at the highest level, playing for Australia, which is not easy to do so think he deserves a lot of credit.”

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