In a rare interview, Australian cricketer Dave Warner has spoken following the controversial interviews of Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft.
After being unveiled as captain of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) franchise Sylhet Sixers, Warner said his one-year ban for ball-tampering allowed him to “grow as a human being."
“Life has been good for me. I have been spending time with the family. I wouldn’t be able to do that if I wasn’t sitting in the sidelines,” he said in Dhaka.
“It is about getting the best out of myself and growing as a human being. My most important thing was being a father and husband at home.
“Now it is down to playing cricket again and making sure I get Sylhet Sixers on top of the table.”
In his interview with Fox Sports, Bancroft pointed the finger at Warner as the instigator of the infamous sandpaper incident during the third Test in South Africa in March last year.
Warner is set to the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year - and is hopeful his form could see him return to the Australian side in time for the World Cup.
“It is up to the selectors whether or not they want to pick me,” he said.
“At the end of the day, all I can do is score runs in this tournament and the IPL, keep putting my hand up and making sure that I am the best person I can be."