In the recently hosted Australian Cricket Awards, David Warner emerged with the most prestigious award of the evening in the male category. The Australian opener received the Allan Border medal for the third time in what was a close competition with his compatriots Steve Smith and Pat Cummins.
Warner with 194 votes, edged Smith with one vote to claim the recognition honoring his achievements in the past calendar year for Australian cricket. It was an emotional moment for the Australian, especially after he was banned from playing cricket in an aftermath of the Sandpaper Gate incident in South Africa in 2018.
The Australian opener had to go through a trauma of being out of action for an year. However, ever since his return to cricket, the Southpaw has displayed even more determination and the hunger to perform for Australia.
While receiving the award, it was an emotional Warner who broke down while mentioning about the disastrous 12 months that he had to spend away from the game.
In his acceptance speech, he was a proud man as he stood receiving the award. “I couldn’t be any prouder to stand here and receive the award … (and) to see the rest of the other guys doing so well,” Warner said, according to Cricket Australia.
He thanked everybody who helped him in making a return to the international scene after a suspension of 12 months. Warner felt grateful for being accepted by the Cricket Australia and the home fans.
“I’m just extremely grateful, as I said before, to be accepted back by Cricket Australia and my peers and also be accepted by the fans. I had mixed emotions of how I was going to be received back here at home.”
He ended his address by mentioning about his wife, Candice Warner, who was her strength during the arduous times. “My wife … f*** … a s I said before, my rock. You’re absolutely amazing. I don’t know what can ever break you. You’re absolutely fantastic, “Warner concluded.
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